“Alleluia! We are excited to report that our bishop has lifted restrictions for reopening our doors for worship beginning May 30. We will not require masks for those who are fully vaccinated. We ask that those not vaccinated wear masks indoors. We will not have limitations on attendance, so no need to sign up. We will no longer require social distancing. And did I mention that we can begin singing as a congregation again? Alleluia!
We understand that some people will choose for a variety of reasons to continue with masks and social distancing. Please respect the space and wishes of others. We will have some pews reserved for those who still want to maintain social distance; just ask the ushers when you arrive. We want to be sure we all stay safe. For those of you who are not yet ready to attend services in person, we will continue to stream this service live on Facebook and YouTube.
Per the bishop’s request, we will still be distributing communion in one kind only (bread) and not use a common cup. We will continue for the next few weeks to have one service at 10am. Very soon we will be back to our regular 9am and 11am schedule.
Please let us know in the office if you have any questions or concerns about regathering. We’re happy to talk with you.
We have been waiting for this for a very long time. I want to thank you all for being patient and understanding as we strove to make decisions that kept everyone safe through the pandemic. Staff of church and preschool worked remotely and creatively; our worship team and musicians worked tirelessly and pivoted on the spot to keep us connected through worship online; ministry leaders stepped up and adapted. Along the way we learned so much, not only about technology but more importantly, how we are connected in Christ. We are indeed a covenant community where no one stands alone.
Thank you for staying with us, for continuing your giving, for prayers and being the body of Christ for one another. With your help we will soon be back to our joyful worship, lifelong learning, celebrating community and engaging service.
Can’t wait to see you all!
Pre-Covid, we offered ( and will offer again) two weekend worship services to meet the diverse needs of our congregation:
9:00 am Contemporary Eucharist Service
11:00 am Traditional Eucharist Service with Children's Chapel
9:00 am Contemporary Eucharist Service
This service celebrates the power of God at work in the life of children. Energy, movement and laughter describe this experience best. Those who seek reverential silence will be surprised by the mood of this liturgy. "Make a joyful noise to the Lord," describes it best. A congregation full of children excels at this commandment.
Worship encourages family life when the whole family feels truly involved. It supports parents in the spiritual formation of their children. Rather than demanding the children behave like little adults, it invites children to express their faith as children.
We project the words of the prayers and the songs on a screen to allows parents to hold children rather than paper. The music is accessible without being "childish." It touches child-like hearts while expressing adult faith. Children join the priest on the steps of the altar platform for the homily. Children learn to pray in an environment that holds their attention and engages their imagination.
To meet the needs of adults, an adult sermon is delivered after the service has concluded. Childcare is provided.
11:00 am Traditional Eucharist Service
The Choral Eucharist stands squarely on the deep foundation of the Anglican tradition. It is a seamless act of prayer from the opening acclamation, "Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit!" to the final congregational response at the end of the service, "Thanks be to God."
This service honors reverence and joy. Guided reflection in song, readings and sermon, proclaims the joy of Good News. This service also allows for moments of quiet prayer. Musical leadership comes from organ and choir frequently accompanied by our brass ensemble. Additional instrumentation provides extraordinary lift on special days. Those who appreciate rich traditional worship experiences will want to explore this service.
The congregation gathers. An instrumental prelude signals the service is about to begin. Three bells from our bell tower call the people to worship as the choral procession begins. All visitors are welcome to join us for communion. Refreshments follow the service in the Narthex.