We've resumed in-person services now, but are offering two identical liturgies at 8:30 and 10:30. We are also still required to follow some COVID procedures:
Masking and physical distancing will continue to be practised, though we are able to sing in the service now; only bread is offered for communion; and we cannot gather for refreshments afterward. In addition, we're reserving the 8:30 service for adults only to provide an option for those in a high-risk category. Sunday School will not be offered for the children until at least Thanksgiving.
We're certainly looking forward to the day these restrictions can be fully lifted and we can fully participate at the Good Shepherd!
The 10:00 am service is full of music and makes use of modern language throughout. People begin to arrive about 15-20 minutes before the service and either chat in the narthex or sit in the quiet of the nave. A greeter will be at the door to welcome you, and as you go up the stairs the sidesperson will hand you a liturgy booklet and weekly bulletin. The service begins with the chiming of the prayer bell, an instrumental prelude, and then we stand to sing the processional hymn. The liturgy booklet will guide you through the service as we listen to readings from the Bible, hear a sermon, offer prayer and repentence, and share in the bread and wine of communion.
During the offertory hymn, a plate will be passed to collect the money that parishioners have pledged to the church. Visitors are not expected to contribute, so feel free to just pass the plate to the person beside you. Anyone who has been baptized in a Christian church is welcome to receive the bread and wine of the Eucharist with us, and those who have not are most welcome to come forward to receive a blessing. The sidesperson will direct you when it is time to come forward for communion. We finish our worship with a blessing from the priest, a recessional hymn, and the dismissal, "Go in peace to love and serve the Lord."
The service is typically finished by 11:15 am and afterwards you're welcome to join us downstairs for coffee, tea, snacks, and good conversation! We look forward to meeting you.