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Weekly Lifelines 8/23/2020

St. Luke’s is jumping into in-person worship and you’re invited. Next Wednesday, at five p.m. we’ll gather a small group on the lawn east of our building. In the shade of the trees, while being careful to keep our distance, we’ll read scripture, offer prayers, and break bread.
We will still offer our Sunday online worship so that people who can’t gather in person can continue to join us by computer or phone. This is an extra, optional service. If you’re not okay gathering in person, please stay home and stay safe!
Because of the pandemic, we’ll take precautions to keep people safe:
  • Masks are required.
  • Physical distancing is also required (six feet, minimum).
  • The building remains closed for everything but bathroom emergencies.
  • In order to ensure that the gathering stays within attendance limits, reservations are required.
  • At least initially, the liturgy will be entirely spoken. As we build familiarity with this way of worshiping, we’ll consider adding music.
  • It’s a bring-your-own-chair event.
  • No handshakes, high-fives, or hugs.
  • Communion will be in the form of wafers only.
  • In the event of inclement weather, the service will be rescheduled.
If you’re interested in attending, please contact me at revjustinc@gmail.com or 612-618-3826 to make a reservation.
In all honesty, I’m a little nervous about this. Not because of covid risks (we’re being incredibly cautious) but just about gathering in this strange way. Part of what I love about Eucharist is its familiarity. Gathering outdoors with lots of precautions feels deeply unfamiliar. From what colleagues have said, that’s pretty normal. And it’s also pretty normal for things to go well and for those in attendance to be uplifted by the experience. Such is the power of ritual. Such is the power connecting to each other and to God in sacrament. I’m looking forward to it. Nervously.
I’ve missed gathering with all of you to share communion so much over the past months. I’m looking forward to this small step back toward a slightly more normal version of community life. I hope you are, too, and I hope to see some of you in person next week.
As always, if you’d like to visit with me in-person or on the phone, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to drop by or drop you a line.
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