WORSHIP PREPARATION

You are invited to worship with us — in person or online!
Plan ∗ Prepare ∗ Participate ∗ Put into Action
PLAN
 
Determine which option for worship is best for you.   
Please continue to monitor your own health and evaluate whether in-person or at-home worship works best for you and our St. Luke family, recognizing that gathering in groups for an extended amount of time increases the risk for exposure to COVID-19.  When you make your decision, please be aware that our congregation will be singing.
 
If you decide to attend in person:
  • No reservations are needed to attend. 
  • Mask-wearing is strongly encouraged. 
  • Social distancing options are available.
  • The choir and congregation will sing.
If your family will need childcare provided by the church nursery, please follow the link below to make arrangements in advance.
 
 
This information allows us to make sure our nursery is fully staffed and ready to care for the children coming each Sunday.
 
If you decide to participate online
The service will stream live on Facebook beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, but you can watch this service (or any previous service) at any time that your schedule allows by scrolling down to older posts.  The service will also be available on our YouTube channel; there is a slight upload delay, so it will be available to view after 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Plan enough time not just to watch the service but to have some quiet time before or after to reflect on what God may be speaking to you specifically.
 
Invite others to “join” you for church. 
This can be accomplished with a phone call, a note, or just sharing the invitation to the service on social media.
 
PREPARE
 
If you will be attending
in person:
Gather the items that you plan to bring to church–remember your mask if you plan to wear one.  Will you bring a jar of peanut butter, empty egg cartons or paper sacks for the food bank, items to donate to an ongoing drive, etc.?
 
If you will be worshiping
at home:
You can find the bulletin, announcements, scripture, and hymns here:
 
 
 
Will Communion be celebrated this Sunday?  If so, you will want to prepare your bread and juice in advance.  Will this service include special activities that require a few supplies?  Gather those ahead of time, so that you can participate fully.
 
Create a worshipful setting. 
This step will mean different things to different people.  What will help you to limit distractions and to center your thoughts?  You might want to light a candle to symbolize the entrance of Jesus Christ, the light of our world, into your space.  You may want to play worship music or have your Bible handy so that you can read scripture to prepare your heart and mind.
 
Prepare your technology at least 15 minutes in advance. 
On a practical note, make sure that the device you’re using to participate in the service is ready to go.  You won’t want to miss the first moments of the service because you are trouble-shooting any technical difficulties that could arise.
 
Get settled.
Position everyone to be able to see the screen.  Test the audio.  Grab that cup of coffee or tea.
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Pray.
Before the service begins, offer a prayer asking for God’s presence.  Give this special time to God.  Pray for your pastor and all worship leaders.
PARTICIPATE
 
In-person worship will begin at 11:00 on Sunday morning.
If we encounter technical difficulties the recorded service will be uploaded to Facebook and YouTube a little later in the day–probably around 2:00 p.m.
 
If you will be participating from home, you may follow one of these links to find the service.
 
OR
 
Make a choice to move from “watching” to “participating”!
Do everything you would do if you were present together in our sanctuary!  You might feel awkward at first.  You might even think, what’s the point?  Ah, but every time we worship the Lord Jesus Christ as the gathered community on earth, we unite with the saints in glory, the church triumphant, as they do the same.  So go ahead–sing, pray, and gesture in abandon, for you are not alone after all!
 
Whether in-person or online, be sure to record your attendance.
Follow this link.  There is no login and no password.  All that is required is your name.  Contact information is optional.
 
 
Support the work of the Church.
St. Luke offers six different means to make your tithe or financial gift to St. Luke.  Here is a link to use the online option.  Go to the GIVING page for more.  No matter how you choose to give today, we are so grateful for your generosity and faithfulness! 
 
 
 
PUT  INTO  ACTION
Refer to last week’s bulletin for specific actions that you can implement in your faith journey this week.