OUTDOOR WORSHIP

During the Fall months, we will have a few opportunities to safely worship and celebrate the Lord's Supper together outdoors on the back lawn of the church property. These outdoor worship services will replace the indoor worship services on those Sundays. If weather conditions are too severe, the congregation will be notified, and we will simply cancel all in-person worship that week and look forward to the next opportunity. Due to appropriate spacing and preparation, we won’t be able to move the service indoors. If the outdoor service is cancelled, we will still have the opportunity to worship together online through our online service on YouTube. 


Outdoor Worship Sundays:

  • Sunday, September 27 at 10:15am
  • Sunday, October 11 at 10:15am
  • Sunday, October 25 at 10:15am

INFORMATION

Please RSVP for the outdoor worship service. Yes, there will be more room, but I would like to know approximately how many bulletins and pre-filled Communion cups to have prepared. When you RSVP, please let us know how many are going to be in your family/group, and how many are planning on receiving Holy Communion. To RSVP for an outdoor worship service, please call the office (516-742-5858) from 9:00am-Noon the preceding Thursday before the service, just like you would for our indoor services.

HEALTH ScREENING

If you have developed any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last two weeks (including cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay at home. Those who are at higher risk from COVID-19 (i.e. those who are older or who have underlying health conditions) must understand that, while outdoor worship will be safer, there are still risks involved. You may still want to stay at home, and that's OK given the circumstances.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper at these outdoor services with the use of pre-filled Communion cups that contain unleavened bread and a sip of wine. It won’t look or feel like the particular elements you are used to receiving, but it is God’s Word of promise combined with the elements of unleavened bread and wine that make the Lord’s Supper what it is. As Luther writes in the Small Catechism, “These words [‘Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins’], along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: ‘forgiveness of sins.’” Even if the elements are presented in a slightly different way, God promises to forgive our sins. These pre-filled Communion cups will also give us the chance to do something we’ve never done before: receive the Lord’s Supper simultaneously! We will receive the Body and Blood at the same time. That’s exciting! 

SAFETY GUIDELINES

Here are the details and safety guidelines for these outdoor worship services:

  • A mask or face covering will be needed for the duration of the service. If you do not have a mask or happen to forget it, we will have one on hand. Please do not put anyone in an awkward position by showing up and refusing to wear one.
  • Congregants will need to bring their own lawn chairs. Lawn chairs must be set-up at a distance of 6 feet from other congregants. We may have to get creative to accommodate everyone if there is a large enough gathering.
  • The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated through pre-filled Communion cups that look like little chalices. Each cup holds a piece of unleavened bread and a sip of wine. These elements will be consecrated during the service, allowing us to safely and effectively celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. I would ask that you hold on to your empty receptacle and rinse it out at home before discarding it.
  • A table will be set up somewhere off to the side. It will have a large pump bottle of hand sanitizer, the pre-filled Communion cups, and an offering plate. After setting up your chair, please sanitize your hands, grab a pre-filled Communion cup, and place your offering in the offering plate. Keep a safe distance if you are waiting for others.
  • I will email the bulletin for the service as I have been doing every week. You may print your own at home and bring it or use the PDF on your phone/tablet. Otherwise, if you desire a bulletin to follow along, an usher with sanitized hands will hand them out by the table. Please take your bulletin home with you.
  • Please take only one pre-filled Communion cup per communicant. We are using them only for the purpose of celebrating the Lord’s Supper together in this particular worship setting under these unique circumstances. They are not to be used at home or shared with others. Please also do not take one if you have not yet been instructed on receiving the Lord’s Supper or are in any way uncomfortable. No one should feel forced to take Communion. You and I can certainly speak privately.
  • Upon dismissal, please exit in an orderly, distanced fashion.

OUR COMMUNION POLICY

The Bible teaches us that...

...we are sinners who were born dead in sin.

...we need God's forgiveness and salvation.

...we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone. 

...Jesus is truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion).

...Jesus' body and blood are given and shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins.


If you are baptized and believe what we believe, we welcome you to come to receive Christ's body and blood for the forgiveness of your sins. 


If you are unsure about the Christian faith, what we believe, or have questions, you're probably not ready to commune...and that's OK. God still loves you and still wants you to come to know Him more closely.