As we look forward to our services of worship this week, both tonight as we observe Maundy Thursday, and Sunday morning as we celebrate the Resurrection, we thought a short note would be helpful – not only as a reminder, but also to alleviate possible confusion, given we have two parallel challenges to plan around. The first challenge is the continuing protocols necessary due to the still-present COVID-19 virus. The second challenge, an inconvenient glitch really, is the disruption of our internet and LiveStream capabilities due to Cox Communication’s malfunctioning equipment in the area around the church.
Due to COVID -19, we are limited in our seating capacity. Registration for seats is required for those who plan to join us in-person. The issues with Cox are hindering our ability to LiveStream, for those who plan to join us online. That said, below is what we are planning:
Our Maundy Thursday service will be held this evening (Thursday April 1) at 7pm. This service usually runs about 45 minutes. We will attempt to LiveStream the service, if we are able. However, because of the issues with Cox we cannot promise that it will be available. Check the Grace Covenant web page for the link.
Our Easter Sunday services are at 8:30am and 11am. Again, because of social distancing protocols, the number of those who can participate in-person in the sanctuary is limited. Reservations are required. That said, for Easter Sunday we also plan to offer an opportunity to worship in-person, outside on the lawn. The weather is supposed to be glorious. So if you are interested in gathering with others, we invited you to bring your lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets, and find a place on the lawn for each of the services. We will have high quality speakers so you can worship with those inside; and we will have worship bulletins and song sheets so you can follow along. We also plan to LiveStream the 8:30 service, and leave it up for those who want to join us later. While the Cox issues have not been resolved, to date there has been little to no technical problems during our 8:30 services. We are hoping – and praying – that will continue to be the case for Easter Sunday. So, if you would like to join us Sunday morning online for our Easter services, go to the Grace Covenant web page, and click the link for the services.
We are excited about celebrating the Resurrection together! We apologize for the inconveniences (- though they are not our fault). We look forward, Lord willing, to days ahead when we worship, and gather, with no interference at all. Whether that will be in weeks ahead and next Easter, or after the Lord returns, we don’t know. We only know that that day is coming.