When we gather together on Sundays to worship God, we nourish our souls through Word and Sacrament. According to our Catechism (found in the back of the Book of Common Prayer), “The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ,” and the Church pursues this mission “as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love.” Gathering for worship is an essential activity of the Church.
Nevertheless, given the current Covid-19 surge and the Omicron variant, we fully support your personal decision to attend or not attend worship at this time based on your own health and comfort levels.
We will continue to offer three Sunday morning services: for those who are more comfortable with extra physical spacing and no singing, we suggest attending the 8:15am Rite I Eucharist (more space, no singing) or the 5:30pm Contemplative Eucharist (more spacing, two brief and simple chants instead of standard hymns). Our 10:30am service will be the same, except for a partial reduction in singing.
We also offer a very small 10:00 am Wednesday morning Eucharist with plenty of physical space and no singing, if that works better for you. All services will continue to require masks for all present and communion will be available in one kind (the consecrated bread) only. Individual blessings are also available at all Eucharist services for those who prefer not to receive Holy Communion right now.
Several months ago we placed an order for new audio-video equipment that will enable a high-quality live stream worship experience. Unfortunately, delivery of that equipment has been significantly delayed due to the global supply chain issues. We do offer an opportunity to gather online for a simple service of Compline each Wednesday at 8:00pm on Zoom, for those who are more comfortable with the online worship option. You can join our Compline service by clicking here (passcode: 434).
We continue to pray for all of you, and look forward to welcoming you when you are ready to return. In the meantime, it is an honor and a privilege for those who are able to gather to continue to offer our weekly worship of God on behalf of the whole congregation.
May God bless and protect you and those you love,
The Clergy and Staff of St. Paul’s, Ivy