Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The first, third and fifth Sundays
Bible Classes & Sunday School
Ages 3 – Adult at 9:30 a.m.
Dear St. Paul’s Family,
Good Shepherd Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, was May 3rd. The reading from John’s Gospel as well as beloved Psalm 23 remind us of the great comfort we have in our present distress and disruption. Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd who leads and guides us into abundant, everlasting life. Our cancellation of in-person worship was unforeseen, but it is with great anticipation that we prepare to resume public worship.
Governor Parson’s “Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan” and The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services order from April 27th allow for a resumption of public worship following guidelines. Many of these guidelines were things we were already doing before we discontinued, and will continue to do at least through May.
Therefore, we have reconvened with in-person worship on May 10th, employing practices to ensure we operate in a safe manner. Families will sit at least a pew apart; hymnals will be sterilized and disinfected before and after use; there will be no shaking of hands; we will refrain from touching common surfaces. We will also alter our practice of distributing and receiving the Supper on those weeks we have it. All of these accommodations we do for the love of our neighbor and to comply with the governmental authorities. But we rejoice that we once again can begin to gather to hear God’s Word and receive the Sacrament.
May God strengthen and sustain you in the Holy Spirit through the blessed Word as we look forward once again to come together as a congregation and finally in the Church Triumphant!