Worship with Us

Worship is taking many forms.  I hear from people who are worshipping with the service offered by the Delaware Maryland Synod.  Others worship with congregations live streaming, sometimes with congregations familiar from a former hometown.  Of course, many worship using the three opportunities provided by St. Paul’s.

There is becoming a rhythm to the practices we have chosen in this crazy time.  Yes, crazy time.  The coronavirus is still as risky as it was in March when we stopped in our tracks.  Prevention measures have become familiar and work even as the virus spreads.  A new normal is necessary to care for one another.

Knowing we will be at this new normal for a number of months the Council, Worship Committee and staff have and continue to plan for opportunities to connect and worship.

During Advent the order for Compline will be offered online as a daily prayer or evening prayer.  I will be offering simple dinner time (dinner church?) Zoom Bible studies.  We will begin in November with the delightful story of Jonah.  In January, we will start at the beginning with Genesis.  Holy Communion will begin to be available to all who request.  Mike Bareham has begun working with small music ensembles.

With anything that is not online we are constantly adjusting, stopping, and starting, when people are positive for Covid19.  This is necessary.  First and foremost in our practice as a community of faith is the health and well-being of all.  Loving one another has protocols.

I am thankful for all of you.  I am thankful for the care you show to one another.  I am thankful in this month of Thanksgiving for your generosity to St. Paul’s and one another.  I am thankful for God who gathers us and keeps us in faith even as we gather differently and distantly.  I am thankful.

Pastor Linda Gunderson †
Senior Pastor

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