Worship and Service in the Days of COVID-19
Since our last update the mandates of the health department have not changed. We are allowed up to 25% of our building’s capacity or 100 people. Those happen to be roughly the same number for St. Michael’s. Service begins at 10:00 am.
We continue to observe the mandates for mask wearing, social distancing, and no food/drink after services. Music is also curtailed. We are singing two verses of two hymns in worship, sometimes stretching that to a third hymn in festival times. The liturgy is reduced, and we commune at the end of the service to facilitate people being able to leave the building while maintaining distance from one another.
We have managed to expand our technological offerings for those who cannot attend Sunday mornings. We thank many, who have made it possible for St. Michael’s to live stream their services. You can find the St. Michael’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqAyU1TMyIbqELUwX7jGgaw . If you have not yet visited, consider it. You can also share that link with friends and family who might like to partake.
We have also begun a new Bible study on Ephesians which is being conducted through Zoom. If you have not received an invitation or would like to know more, please get in touch with Pastor Brandt – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ash Wednesday and Wednesday Lenten Services:
St Michael will observe the season of Lent with special services this year. This begins with Ash Wednesday and will continue with a service of prayer and penitential reflection every Wednesday evening through the season of Lent. You are welcome to join in, either online or in person.
Ash Wednesday: February 17, 7:30 PM service of the Eucharist and the imposition of ashes. This day has traditionally begun the season of Lent for God’s people. We will apply ash to our foreheads as a sign of penitence and our mortality.
Midweek Lenten Services: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, and 24 7 PM Services of Prayer and reflection upon the passion of Christ. We will be reading the passion according to St. Mark in stages. We will also pray for the world, this congregation, those in need, and all people.