St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, N.C., has maintained strong ties to nearby Episcopal churches since its founding in 1873 – ties that strengthened over Holy Week as the parish found itself worshipping with other congregations during the busiest liturgical week of the year.

According to an article in the Fayetteville Observer, an accidental fire on Tuesday, March 24, rendered the church unusable during Holy Week. The congregations of St. Joseph’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, worshipped together on Palm Sunday, and St. Paul’s in the Pines and St. Joseph’s worshipped jointly on Easter.

“I know that God has his hand in doing something more than we can ever imagine that he’s doing, but I think the first thing that he’s doing is bringing us all together like we should be,” the Rev. Teddra Smith, St. Joseph’s rector, said in an interview to WRAL.

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