It is hard to believe it has been a year since many have been inside the sanctuary to worship due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but providing there are no new surges in cases and infection rates, we plan to hold worship services both in person and by livestream this year for Holy Week and Easter. Those attending worship in person need to wear a mask covering nose and mouth and sanitize their hands upon entering the building. There are assigned pews in which to sit and each service will have unique pandemic protocols we will follow in conjunction with the unique features of the service. Here are the details.
Maundy Thursday, April 1 at Noon & 7:30pm
This service has three foci and we encourage you to participate with the following suggestions:
- Absolution by Laying on of Hands: Whether you are in the church or at home you are invited at the time of absolution to place your hands on your head, as Pastor Wayne proclaims the absolution in worship. This may seem weird but you are encouraged to imagine you are feeling the hands of Jesus on your head, offering forgiveness.
- Foot Washing: For those in the sanctuary this will be more of an observation than participation part of worship. However, for those participating by livestream you might consider placing your feet in a basin of warm water during the foot washing portion of the service. Have a towel handy to dry off as well.
- Holy Communion: Individually packaged Holy Communion cups of grape juice with wafers will be located in the reserved pews for participants to take during the Meal portion of the worship. For those participating by livestream we invite you to have some bread and wine/grape juice available to share and eat when Holy Communion is celebrated in worship so you might feel connected to the Lord’s Supper being shared by the body of Christ on this day.
Good Friday Tenebrae, April 2 at 7:30pm
We will hold the service of shadows on Good Friday that includes the reading of John’s Passion narrative as well as the Bidding Prayer and prayers centered on the seven last words of Christ on the cross.
While those in the sanctuary will have kneelers to use we invite livestream participants to create a way for you to kneel during the Bidding Prayer so you might experience the physical penitential aspect of this worship. You may also choose to light some candles in your home and darken the room where you are watching the livestream.
Resurrection of Our Lord, April 4 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am
Please refer to this post for details on reserving “tickets” for the worship service time you and your family plan to attend. Social distancing protocols and the anticipated larger attendance dictated we utilize a means to assign seating for those attending to maximize each worship attendance. The livestream worship will be at 9:30am for those celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord from home, and you are encouraged to prepare for Holy Communion worship with elements of bread and wine (or grape juice) for the Meal portion of worship.