Resuming Indoor Worship at St. John’s
Many of you had the opportunity to worship once again in our sanctuary last week, and we know many more are also anxious to be back in our spaces. And we also know there are some of you that may not be ready to come indoors. During this pandemic time, we honor and support all choices that you make for yourself and your family, and will continue to try to offer alternative ways that we can be in communion with one another. Especially during times of crisis, faithful Christian worship expresses the fullness of the gospel, both what it requires (love of God, self, neighbor, and world) and what it releases (love, joy, peace, forgiveness, and deliverance in all forms). Love is the ground of all our work in resuming worship at St. John’s. During this pandemic, love of neighbor requires careful planning. Because we love God, we want to offer worship that brings our very best. Because we love our neighbors, we want to do everything we can to make sure we bring no harm to anyone when we gather. St. John’s has a Resuming Indoor Worship Taskforce that has met weekly now for several months, utilizing guidance we find in scripture, guidance we learn through our Christian tradition, guidance provided by our Synod, and the most up to date guidance from CDC, State and County to determine how we can provide assurance of safety to all. Resuming indoor worship looks and feels a little different - and as beautiful as ever. We will continue to wear masks at all times while on our campus – indoors and outdoors. The one exception to this (both indoors and outdoors) is that a pastor, lay minister, or cantor (behind plexiglass) may unmask to preach, lead worship, or sing. We feel this one exception is infinitely important for effective communication, and, as all others will remain masked, should be a safe exception to our mask mandate. Ushers will guide you to a pew that may or may not be “your usual pew”. Each household, whether it be a family of 1 or 5, will be seated at least 6 feet from another. We will have an offering plate at both exits to drop your offering. We will provide communion in a new way, creating an opportunity to hear the liturgy and partake of the meal in a meaningful way after you depart (everyone will remain masked). Our signature music offerings continue to invite the Holy Spirit to move in and among you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Linda Baldwin or one of our pastors. We invite you in with Peace.