On Sunday, September 6, we will continue our streaming worship services from our sanctuary at 11 a.m. Some of our members (and friends who are on our mailing list) do come to worship and to honor both God and our responsibilities to care and embrace our call to be mindful for one another’s welfare.
We have attempted to shorten our service and will do our best not to go over 45 minutes. To accommodate the shorter schedule some aspects of our liturgy will not be used every week. We will rotate familiar and meaningful pieces of liturgy through the services over the course of time. As is appropriate to our heritage, the reading, proclaiming, and hearing of the Word will remain the central act of our worship, though the manner in which that happens may vary from week-to-week there will be small changes.
There is less congregational singing or corporate liturgy. We welcome those who want to join in any responsive liturgy for that service, be we need you to wear masks.
There may be a liturgist seated on the front pew in the center of the sanctuary and face the chancel as they take part in the liturgy.
Our worship is participatory in nature. Given the constraints arising from the pandemic, our
understanding that the liturgy is the work of the whole people of God and not just the clergy. When possible, we will have members singing solos and duets.
If you plan to worship in the sanctuary please let us know your are planing to come so we can prepare enough bulletins. Please wear a mask, abide by the good practices of social, physical distancing. Of course, if you are uncomfortable with the idea of worshipping in an enclosed space at this time, a brief prayer service will begin in October that will be outside.
We will also continue to post worship videos on Facebook and to share the link to the video with our members and friends. Also, please remember the following:
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to love one another, to bear one another’s burdens, to regard others at least as highly as we regard ourselves, if not more highly. Public health officials have been clear throughout the development of this pandemic that mask wearing does not prevent one from becoming infected.
Rather, mask wearing reduces the likelihood that someone who is infected will transmit the virus to others. Wearing a mask in worship honors our relationship with others and in honoring others, we honor God.
Dispensers filled with hand sanitizer have been positioned near the entrances/exits of the sanctuary and in the sanctuary.