We look forward to Sundays together this Fall! The planned schedule, beginning September 12, will be:
- 8:30-9:15 Adult Forum on zoom – use the worship link. Beginning topic will actually be Sabbath, Sundays and Time Management.
- 9:30-10:15 Zoom Service of the Word with organ.
- 10:30-11:15 Outdoor Service with Communion in the backyard, followed by fellowship time.
Occasional Sunday School outdoor children’s activities will also be planned, such as a Rally Day meal and art project September 12 at 11:30am. Mostly, these will be right after outdoor worship.
Outdoor worship has been lovely and it’s improving, with more shade and guitar accompaniment. Please note: As we move into fire season (or if it rains), it’s possible we’d need to cancel outdoor worship at times. This would be posted on the website by 8:30am Sunday morning.
You might notice that there’s been a change of plans. Earlier, we’d hoped to be indoors worshiping in our sanctuary by September 12. But we’re not ready. We recently discovered that a key component of safe, socially distanced worship – our sound system – isn’t working. There’s new concern about the Delta variant. So like many churches in our area, we’ll be staying outdoors and online through September. The Council can revisit the plan when we meet.
We have been and will continue to work on a plan for being indoors, including getting the sound system fixed. We’re also looking at the possibility of having one pastor presiding in the sanctuary while the other pastor hosts zoom from the Parlor. And, we’re trying to navigate through a music staff transition!
It may be possible for a few masked people to sit in the sanctuary to hear the organ played during the zoom service (it may be hard to hear any readings or sermon). If you’d like to do this, please arrange in advance.
At the beginning of the pandemic, I remember reflecting on the longing for God’s temple as expressed in Psalm 42: “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?” But there’s also consolation, that we are never far from God’s presence: “By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” Thanks be to God! – Pastor Bernt (with Pastor Kate)