On Michaelmas Sunday, September 27, 2020, we will have a new service schedule!
9:00 am Contemporary Service in the Church
10:00 am Adult Sunday School, in the Chapel and on Zoom
11:00 am Traditional Service in the Church
Check out the Rev. Al Zadig, Jr.’s letter to the congregation:
Friday, September 11, 2020
Dear St. Michaelites and Friends:
What a time we are in! They are both thrilling and sobering. Thrilling in that through this pandemic, we as a church are learning new ways to be more nimble and strategic in ministry. It’s also a sobering time as we try to make sure everyone is connected, and that our mission of transforming hearts through Jesus Christ moves forward in strength.
To that end, we are writing to you out of the spirit of the two great commandments (as we pray every Sunday): “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind…and love our neighbors as ourselves.” The first is often easier than the second!
Before the Covid-19 pandemic we had four worship services on a Sunday, including a 10:30 am family service in the Belser Building Chapel. Due to the modest space of the chapel it is impossible to social distance, which requires us to move that service into the Sanctuary. This move will require a sacrifice on the part of everyone, yet the sacrifice is the second commandment lived out!
On Thursday, August, 27, the Worship Task Force under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Reves recommended to the Vestry that we move the Sunday Chapel service into the sanctuary at 9:00 am to permit proper physical distancing among worshippers. To allow room and flow for the rest of the Sunday schedule, the Worship Task Force also recommended:
- Moving the current 10:30 am Service to 11:00 am
- Moving the current 8:00 am service to 7:30 am
- Temporarily prune the 6:00 pm service until Winter, and insert Lowcountry Vespers podZ to Sunday Evenings.
The Vestry unanimously accepted the recommendation. We know these are seismic shifts, but we also know it’s simply the best way to love our neighbor as ourselves. But there is another dynamic here.
As you know at every baptism the priest asks the congregation, “Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these children in their life in Christ?” We all respond with a vigorous and resounding: WE WILL! This scheduling shift is a direct way to live into that vow.
The Sunday Services Change will go into effect in phases. On Michaelmas, Sunday September 27, as we celebrate our family life together, we will add the 9:00 am service and move 10:30 am to 11:00 am. The 7:30 am service will be added thereafter.
One important element, we are aiming for all of our services to be between 45 and 60 minutes. This means that for those who currently go to the 10:30 am service (which used to get out at 11:50 am) you will get out only ten minutes later.
We know these changes will affect each and everyone of us, but living sacrificially is such a powerful way to live into the first two commandments and our baptismal vow!
Please call us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Blessings in Christ,
The Rev. Al Zadig, Jr., Rector
Lee Cox, Senior Warden
Laura Waring Gruber, Junior Warden
Dr. Jerry Reves, Chair, Worship Task Force