- Unless the governor extends the “pause”, this week (5/10) is the last 9AM and 11AM
- Next week (5/17) we return to 10 AM and the 50 person limit (although I honestly expect less present)
- We will continue to stream on Zoom
- The Lord’s Supper schedule and distribution will be altered: every Sunday, dismissal for those not taking, continuous line to observe distancing
- Bulletin/Worship Link Here – May 10, 2020
- Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288
As I type Friday, May 15th continues to be the last day of the governor’s current guidance. For this week (May 10th) we will continue to meet under the 10 person guidance at 9 AM and 11 AM with the Zoom streaming being live at each.
Looking forward past May 15th, the first Sunday would be May 17th. Rochester is already clear of most hurdles for “Phase 1”. NYS has not published any hard-recommended limits (at least that I can find). The limit prior to the current 10 order, was 50 people. Other states are implementing a fortnight (2 weeks) by fortnight increase from 25% to 50% to 75% to full stated capacity. Our stated capacity is 132 people, so 25% is 33 exactly. So, based on recent attendance patterns, starting May 17th, we will be returning to regular service time 10 AM. We will continue to stream that service on the Zoom link. There are different levels of comfort and risk involved, and people are at different places. I’m assuming that we will be under that 33 number. I honestly expect that first week (May 17th) to most likely be the sum of the week before which would be a little under 20 present locally with about 30 “blocks” online. And it is in Christian freedom and prudential wisdom whether you attend online or in person.
Starting on the 17th we will be holding the Lord’s Supper for those present. Receiving, like attending in person, will be at your freedom and prudence. There will be two modifications to schedule for this. The first is that we will be having the sacrament weekly for the foreseeable future. The second is that, as the hymnal shows, there will be a separation between the services of the Word and the Sacrament. After the prayers of the church, all online and those local who do not wish to commune, will be dismissed with blessing. One does not need to leave, but one may. This is still the practice of the Eastern Orthodox, and it was LCMS practice in many places well into the 1970’s. (I experienced it growing up in my home church.) After, the service of the sacrament will continue for all remaining. One last modification that truly pains me but I think appropriate. We will not be using the altar rail but be receiving in continuous line. For those that have received ashes on Ash Wednesday, like that. This will allow families or individuals to maintain 6 ft of separation while receiving.
Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288
Devotion & Prayer Thought
I don’t know about you, but I’m done. And what I mean by done is I just don’t trust my feelings, responses, intuitions or anything right now. I lost my temper over something really and truly insignificant. And 10 minutes after the fact I was asking myself what was that about? And I had no answer beyond I’m done. At family dinner I asked Ethan how he liked Casey at the Bat, an assigned reading that the baseball mad kid should love. Without anything else in between, he immediate broke into tears. What was an honest question, he took as Dad once again getting on his case about doing the work assigned. Which with three kids acting like sloths all day around the house has been a thing. They are done. Likewise I have seen others express some similar things in various places. We are done.
The “New Commandment” of Maundy Thursday is “Love one another (John 13:34).” That continues to define love as the way Jesus has loved us which is putting us above even his own life. But even in a pandemic, most of us are not called to die for another. So I turn to 1 Corinthians 13 where Paul tells us what love means. Right now, I think many of us are defaulting to being noisy gongs or clanging symbols. We may be right, we may have every right. But acting on it lacks love. And if I don’t have love, I’m am nothing.
Yes, I am done. And when I am done I ask, Lord let me have a little of your love. I need it. Because I need to be a little more patient and kind, even with myself. I need to be a little less concerned about being right and a little more about being rude. We are all done and all just trying to chart a course through. Let me bear a little bit more. And in that see a small reflection of your cross, which is my hope.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: May 11th – 17th
Mon., Wed., & Fri.: 8:00am Preschool
Tuesday: ………….. 3:00pm Conf. Cls – 1st yr
Thursday: ……….. 10:00am Bible Study
3:30pm Conf. Cls – 2nd yr
Sunday: …………… 10:00am Worship
- Thurs 10am: Roughly the same as worship, if you wish to be here, up to our normal 3-4, fine. If our bible study gets crowded all of a sudden, I will throw you out! If you want to join on the Zoom line (same as the worship one) I’ll be logging that in. We will be finishing Zephaniah. If you would like to join and want the “prep sheet” just email me.
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Please join us! Meeting Thurs. May 14th, on Zoom
Year 1: We are meeting on zoom for the time being. 3PM Tuesdays. Lord’s Prayer. We will be working through the worksheet as I share my screen. Please bring your catechism and a bible.
Year 2: Right now, confirmation proper is still scheduled for Pentecost, which is May 31st. I’m thinking that we will be open by then.
Until we are back to regular worship schedule (more above), we are foregoing the Lord’s Supper. If you desire the sacrament in the meantime, private confession and the sacrament are available by talking with pastor.
BEEF ON WECK … May 23rd … save the date!
In order to accommodate our new normal, we are setting up the Spring Beef on Weck as a DRIVE THRU. This means that people will arrive in their cars, place their order and pay all while remaining in their cars. Their order will be packed up and brought out to them. Our workers will wear masks and social distancing will be applied in all possible situations. If you would like to help please contact Mindy (489-4972) or Ellen (201-0756).
RUMMAGE SALE … June 27th
We are now accepting donations for the Rummage Sale; they can be dropped off in the Multipurpose Room. If you would like to help with this event please contact Miss Kelly at 334-4130