Woo hoo! We had our first in-person worship service Sunday, June 6! We all have yearned for this day. Our patience and our practice of safe living has paid off. 81 people were in attendance and many others participated virtually. What a joy to hear people talking, see familiar faces (and some new ones) and interact with people in the liturgy. People of all ages were gathered, and I especially loved to hear and see the children moving around.
Our first in-person worship was also our first real test of how the newly installed projection system works. Some of you asked, “Where are the bulletins?” A volunteer responded, “We don’t have any, because the whole worship service is on screen.” “Huh wow,” was the response. Life together will have some new realities. Our tech people and volunteers were asked to do new things. We all are learning. In the coming weeks, you will see some tweaks of how we welcome people and how the worship service will look as we figure out flow, camera angles and other needs for worship. I give thanks for your patience and understanding. I give thanks for the Re-entry Team and their work to keep people safe, while balancing how to re-enter.
Life together is so important. No one could have imagined that we would not be gathered physically in-person, for 64 weeks or 14.5 months! Fortunately, CtK had been doing virtual worship for about three years prior to the pandemic. Thanks be to God that we were able to use our livestreaming abilities and equipment to continue to worship virtually and never miss a beat.
For now, was ask people during worship to continue to mask and distance. When we gather and have mixed ages of children and adults, we care for one another by practicing safety measures to show that we care and to walk together until everyone has had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Thank you for your continued patience and for the adjustments we make so that we can all share life together.
Life together will take some time to figure out, but in the meanwhile, continue to think about other people, their situations and be open to the ways God calls us to be safe, show love and welcome one another. We will get there and with God’s help we continue to be faithful and minister in such ways as we could have never imagined.
Christ’s Blessings & Peace,