We are worshipping in person!
So, What Is the New Normal at Church?
Now that we are worshiping as a congregation again, what do we need to keep in mind?
First of all, we will tell you what you can expect of us as church leaders. We will do our best to make this place a safe environment. We will clean the worship space after every service. We will sanitize the things that get touched most often: doors, pews, communion wear, etc.
We will take special precautions when distributing the Lord’s supper. Pastor Lillo will either wear gloves during the distribution of communion or he will thoroughly sanitize his hands after each table. We will not be kneeling at the rail . Instead, we will be standing right in front of the front row of pews. We will also be spacing out the people receiving communion So that each person is about 6 feet apart from someone he or she is not sharing a home with.
We are singing fewer hymns than we usually do and we are not singing any parts of the liturgy or the Psalms . Singing encourages the spread of bodily fluids (I know that sounds kind of gross, but it’s true). We also encourage our members not to use the hymnals during the service. All of the words for the order of service and the scripture readings will be found on the PowerPoint presentations that we will be doing during our time of worship.
We will not be collecting offerings during the service. Instead, you are invited to leave your offerings in the plate either before or after the service.
We do not mandate the use of face masks. If you feel comfortable wearing one, by all means wear one. We are also not mandating any set distance between worshippers during a worship service. Please use your best judgment. We would encourage family and members sharing a house to sit together and leave some room between you and another household.
Of course, we would also encourage those who are elderly or who have compromised health conditions too think very strongly before joining with us together in worship. We will continue to offer video versions of these worship services for those who don’t feel comfortible gathering together at this time.
We are not be having Monday evening services due to the self-imposed cleanliness standards we have set as of yet, but we hope to start offering those services in the near future when the vaccine is more readily available.
We are offering private communion on the Mondays following Communion Sundays (the first and third Sundays of the month). We are communing people in the narthex (entryway) of the church from 6:30 to 7:00 PM. We will be letting in individuals or family groups one at a time and sanitizing between tables for communion. This is a good opportunity for people who don’t feel comfortable worshipping in person to receive the assurance of God’s forgiveness in this special way.
All that having been said, it is wonderful to be able to worship together. May the Lord bless our worship experience today and into the future.
Thank you for checking out our website. Here is a little information about our congregation.
St. Paul Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. As such, we believe…
- The Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and, therefore without human error.
- Jesus Christ is the eternal son of God and is the only way to salvation.
- God communicates this Gospel of Jesus through his Word and the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We worship the Lord every Sunday morning at 8:30 AM. We offer the Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sunday of the month in our worship service. We also offer the Lord’s Supper after the service on those Sundays when we do not have it within the worship service. We also have a midweek service on Monday evenings at 6:30.
In all of our worship services, we use a liturgy in worshipping God. This is a way of worshipping in which we have a conversation with God. God speaks to us through the words of Holy Scripture and through the words of forgiveness spoken during our confession of sin. We speak to God through our prayers and we sing our praises to our God through hymns and liturgical songs.
From Labor Day through Memorial Day, we offer Bible class after our worship service except on the second Sunday of most months when we have a fellowship following our worship service in the lower level. You are more than welcome to attend Bible class and/or enjoy some treats, coffee, juice, and Christian fellowship.
Our Sunday school is a little different than at most congregations. Because we want to encourage a greater parental involvement in their children’s religious instruction, we send out materials to our parents so that they can teach their own children in their homes. If you would like materials for home Sunday school (this consists of a portion of Scripture, a series of simple questions about the account, a PowerPoint presentation that allows you to teach it on a computer, and a set of activity pages), please let us know on the contact page and we’ll add you to our list.