As our Lord gathers us for worship, we join the entire company of heaven in praising our good and gracious God.
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"To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" (Rev. 5:13)
Laudable livestream and praise-worthy in-person worship happened this past weekend from the campus of Grace Lutheran. “Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good!”
Participants stated that the in-person worship in the sanctuary was indeed, specific for the times, sacred for their souls, and safe for their mortality AND also invigorating for their spirits. I heard comments like “I appreciate all the precautions that have been taken.” Everyone is being extra careful.” “It’s great to see my fellow brothers and sisters.” And “I’m so glad I came today.”
Thanks to wonderful volunteers who diagnosed and cured the livestream ills which resulted in comments like… “Pastor, this past weekend’s broadcast was flawless.” “Wow. The livestream was so smooth and the sound was so good on Sunday. Vicar’s sermon was great too!”
We will keep the 3 services per weekend format with communion every other Sunday.
We are returning to our custom of coming up the altar steps and kneeling at the rail. Communion elements have been prepared with absolute sanitation and care by people wearing gloves and masks.
Our procedures specific for this time (revised 8/29/21)
Holy Communion concludes today’s worship service. Participants may kneel at the altar rail, self-dismiss after personal prayer and then carefully come down the chancel steps, or remain standing and participate in a socially-distanced line of “continuous flow” in front of the chancel steps. Communion may also be brought to those who need to remain in the pew. Communion elements have been prepared with absolute sanitation and care by persons wearing gloves and masks.
Beginning from front to back, participants come forward up the side aisles maintaining distance between families.
- Choose either A) STEPS: go up the steps and kneel at the altar rail or B) NO STEPS: go across front to table beside lectern/pulpit
- At communion deacon’s invitation and words, pick up your own wafer (and cup) without touching others. Partake of Christ’s body and blood with faith in His promise.
- Come to the center aisle, drop used cup in basket and proceed down the center aisle and exit out the Narthex.
- A prayer of blessing was written for your use as a personal benediction.
For those willing, we do need volunteers for all our services. If you want to welcome, guide, acolyte or help prepare the sanctuary, please call the church office, 863-293-8447. I am confident that all who participate in our ministries are doing their best to keep our spaces and ourselves sanitary and safe. Lord Jesus, keep being our Good Shepherd and lead us...
- Pastor Charles Reich
Saturday 5:00 PM traditional
Sunday 8:30 contemporary
10:45 traditional (also Livestreamed)
As previously communicated:
We ask anyone coming to the church campus to please follow standard guidelines of social distancing.
Before leaving the house, check your temperature and examine yourself to make sure you are free of any early signs of viral infection.
Although masks are now optional, we have extra masks available and plenty of hand sanitizer.
Once at the church, do your best to maintain six feet spacing between families.
Children’s Church is offered during the sermon at both the 8:30 AM and 10:45AM services.
Social Distancing Precautions:
- Children will walk to and from children’s church doing their best to remain 6 feet apart traveling to and from children’s church.
- Children will remain on spot markers in the classroom so that we can practice social distancing during children’s church.
If parents/guardians are not comfortable sending their children to children’s church, children are more than welcome to remain in the Sanctuary during the sermon.
Please talk with your children ahead of time and make sure they are aware of the social distancing precautions before attending children’s church. In order to provide a safe experience for all our children, we will need to bring children back to their parent(s) if they are unable to follow social distancing guidelines.
The 10:45am worship service of Grace Lutheran Church is now being live streamed. Click on live streaming below to be taken to our live streaming page.