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361 Sumner Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108

Worship Service August 2

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Thanks to Pastor René, Pastor Erin, Becky, Gavin, Sonja, Camille, Hannah, Leah, and videographer Nic for making this service possible.

 

Order of Worship

August 2, 2020

 

Organ Fanfare: “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” 

  • Becky Isaacson, organ

Welcome

  • Pastor Erin

 

Prelude: Christians, we have met to Worship

  • Erin Newcomb-Moore, violin

 

Opening Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

  • Pastor Erin

 

Hymn: When Morning Gilds the Skies” #185 vs. 1 & 3

  • Song Leader: Gavin Mackie

 

Scripture Reading: Mark 2:1-12

  • Camille Twining

 

Sermon: For Love  

  • Pastor Rene

 

Solo: “The Summons” #2130 vs. 1, 2, 5  (words to this hymn follow the order of worship)

  • Song Leaders: Hannah Rosenman, soprano and Leah Rosenman, alto

 

Benediction

  • Pastor René

 

Closing Response: “A Gaelic Blessing”

  • Sonja Funk, soprano

 

Postlude/Credits: Immortal Invisible, God Only Wise

 

The Summons # 2130

  1. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown,

Will you let name be known,

Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

 

  1. Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

 

  1. Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

 

 

 

Staying Connected

  

During this time of uncertainty and the inability to meet together as a congregation, it is important for us to have ways to stay connected with each other.  

Phase Two of our reopening is beginning.  We will hold our first in-person Sunday morning worship service on July 19 at 9:30 a.m.  Please read the guidelines that have been adopted to govern our in-person services during Phase Two.  They can be found here.  We will continue to provide on-line services for those who do not feel comfortable returning to group worship at this time.  

 

On June 18, the Administrative Council approved the Phase 2 guidelines for reopening the church including a timeline for resuming in-person worship. 

This is a letter from our Administrative Council Chairperson.  You will find a link to the Phase 2 guidelines in their entireity below.

 

Dear Church.

The last three months have seen worship in our Trinity sanctuary cancelled and a transition made to recorded worship.  These recorded services have been both creative and meaningful worship experiences. I know that each of us wishes we could return to our church now, but prudent planning and preparation for return is the order of the day.

The attached link will bring you to a summary of the Returning to Church – Phase Two. It contains a great deal of detail on the plans for the next phase of our return. The document lays out a plan for an orderly transition from a recorded service to a variety of other worship experiences including outdoor, evening, and soon, a return to worship in our sanctuary. 

Of course, any change to our gatherings for worship will conform to the Massachusetts Safety Standards for Places of Worship.

Finally, please know that we will continue offering a virtual worship experience for those of us that feel more comfortable at home or are unable to attend worship in the sanctuary.

No matter where we worship, we are all part of the church.

Blessings,

Stephen Sheffield

Chair, Administrative Council

  

The complete Phase 2 Guidelines can be found here.

Although we are now in Phase 2, the Phase 1 Guidelines can still be found here.

 

We will continue posting updates on this page so please check back frequently for new announcements about the next steps that we wil be taking to resume to some sort of normalcy.  

 

Worship Services 

These worship services have been recorded for each of the Sundays we were unable to meet physically as a congregation and remain available for your viewing.  

Worship Service July 26

Worship Service July 19

Worship Service July 12

 

 

 

Earlier recorded worship services can be found on our YouTube Channel.  If you would like to revisit some of these services we encourage you to follow this link and click on the date of the service.

 

Pastor René and Pastor Erin are writing blogs to help us through these difficult times.  The blogs can be found here.

Virtual Bible Stories for children read by Brittany and Caitlin can be found here.  Other stories can be found on our YouTube channel.

 

Virtual Programs to help us stay connected as a congregation:

Gather with us remotely on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. for a time of prayer.  Prayer prompts and suggestions are on our Friday Prayer page.

Our Missions Committee has devised a way to continue having the Mobile Food Bank visit our parking lot on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.  We hope this will help address the food insecurity in our community and help anyone who is in need of food.  The food insecurity of our community is of great concern and we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for our neighbors to receive food donations safely.

 

Links to resources for meditation and staying connected:

Access information about Safe Practices for virtual meetings here.

Coronavirus Updates page includes announcements and links to community pages. 

Daily prayers from the UMC New England Conference to help folks stay connected during this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus.  

Written communications from the Adminstrative Council and pastors.