Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord (Psalm 4:5)
Adjustments to Our Healthy Practices at St. John’s
Dear friends in Christ,
The past 9 months have been a rollercoaster ride, to be sure. As we have discovered more about the novel coronavirus (and about ourselves!), we are able to adjust our practices with more information and with care and concern for our neighbors. After observing trends in our attendance since reopening and in conjunction with new research regarding some practices common to worship, I have decided the time is right to adjust our practices in order to best serve our congregation the gifts of God while also maintaining the best practices to protect against the transmission of disease.
What is not changing
What is changing
At-risk service (8 a.m.)
Expanded services (11 a.m., 6 p.m.)
*A preliminary study on singing and viral transmission indicates that singing in a worship setting is best done by a kantor or song leader because it maximizes social distance. Congregants who sing can also reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others by wearing a face covering. A more recent study indicates that singing produces no significant increased risk of spread at the same volume (though this study has not been peer reviewed). Consequently, our at-risk service will focus on songs led by a soloist. Members at all services are encouraged to sing at a volume at or below normal speech and to wear a face covering during these times.
Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we trust You for protection and guidance as we offer right sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise to You. You have sanctified not only our hearts by also our minds to make responsible decisions and we pray that our precautions will protect our neighbors, especially those who are most vulnerable. Continue to guard us against disease and plague, that we may continue to sing Your praises. For the sake of Your Son Jesus and in His name we pray. Amen.