How do we remain a community of faith while being separated in our homes? You are invited to worship with Good Shepherd online each week — live virtual services via Zoom, with some prerecorded services provided periodically by our larger church body. Pastor Arnold speaks to us through the Children’s Sermon and the Sermon, and church members and friends help lead the service and offer a rich variety of instrumental and vocal music. Make the time special by lighting some candles, listening and participating in the liturgy, singing the hymns, and praying unceasingly.
For Best Audio Experience: Use speakers or headphones for the best sound quality, especially for the hymns and liturgical music. This is advisable when using any device – and in particular if using iPads/tablets or cell phones.
This Sunday, June 20, 2021 ~
First large group worship indoors in the Sanctuary!
This Sunday our congregation will gather at 9:00a.m. – live and in-person in our church sanctuary – for the first time since March 8, 2020. While we had twelve small-group in-person services last summer and fall, this is our first “re-entry” as an entire congregation. We are so thankful! Our Contemporary band will lead spirited music during the service.
While our return to our worship space indoors is very exciting, a disappointing reality is that there are still precautions recommended (by our ELCA and other church bodies) that we will follow, this Sunday and probably into the summer. While Vermont has opened up and CDC guidelines say that fully vaccinated individuals can do many things, we are part of a faith community in which we care for each other. We are the body of Christ that works for the good of all. Living out our Good Shepherd Mission Statement, “All Are Welcome,” we want to include everyone, and make everyone feel safe at and ease coming to worship. And so we make decisions by centering on the needs of the most vulnerable among us.
Our worship gatherings are for all ages, and not all ages have been able to get vaccinated yet. We are of all-abilities, and some of us have immune systems that are not as protective. While most of us are fully vaccinated and are at low risk, our younger children and others are not, and still need to wear masks. While those fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask, wearing one protects those who are not.
- In order to help keep everyone in our church family healthy, out of love for each other in God’s family, all of us are asked to mask during indoor services, maintaining a culture of masking while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
- There will be “family pod” areas so that our children and their parents can have adequate space and physical distance from others.
- The service will be a bit shorter, and windows and doors will be open for better ventilation.
- Pastor and the worship leaders and musicians will not wear masks, but will be adequately separated from the front seats.
- During hymns, the congregation is invited to hum or speak the words along with the musicians, and to use your body to join in, via claps, taps, stomps, sign language, and however you feel inspired!
- We can speak aloud in unison such parts as the Congregation’s responses, Psalm, and prayers.
- During the Passing of the Peace, don’t assume it’s OK, but ask others if they wish to shake hands or hug – and high fives, smiles, bows, fist bumps, and waves still work!
- The offering plate will be outside the sanctuary doors, where offerings can be placed before or after the service.
- Communion will be continuous, with individual cups for wine/juice. Families and others who may wish to remain in their places can alert the Usher, and Pastor and Assisting can bring communion to you.
- At 10:00, we’ll go outside the front entry to enjoy Fellowship conversation, coffee and more – removing masks as we wish.
- And – by popular demand – there will be more outdoor Sunday services, where those fully vaccinated can be unmasked, and everyone can sing aloud! Tentative plans are for the 2nd Sunday of the month from July through October, moving indoors if rainy, and a raindate of the following Sunday.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time of transition.
All Services with communion, beginning at 9:00a.m.
June 27 Live virtual – our last Sunday Zoom service!
Annual Meeting follows, also via Zoom
July 4 In-person services begin weekly (no Ecumenical July 4 service this year)
Reminder: The texts for Pastor’s Children’s Sermon and Sermon, are available on the “Worship at Home” webpage on Sundays at 10a.m. Beginning in July, if all goes well, videos of both sermons will also be posted on our new Good Shepherd YouTube channel!
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