Westover Hills during Covid (protocol reviewed monthly)
We invite you to worship with us in person at Westover Hills.
For the safety of all of us,
we are asking that you attend when you’re feeling well,
wear your mask, do your socializing outside (social distancing),
and don’t congregate at the sanctuary door
either on the way in or out.
The main doors to the sanctuary near the office
will be the only entrance.
Since we are in Phase 1, only choir members are singing;
and for contact tracing purposes, we are noting who attends.
For those who prefer to worship with us from home,
please go to the Sermons tab on this website
and select the worship service for the desired day.
The audio recording will be posted on Mondays.
Rev. Carl McCormack
“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!”
It has been a very long time since we were last together for worship.
Because of the deadly virus, our world changed. Shopping, dining out, sharing time with friends, and enjoying time with the family all came to a quick halt. It was very difficult at first, but we held on to what we now know was a misplaced hope that this would soon pass and that we would be together again very soon.
That was over a year ago. We have two or three masks in the glove box of the auto. A mask on the table by the front door. You now have several bottles of hand sanitizer placed where you can get to them easily, and you have learned how to accurately judge your six-foot distance from others. It took a while, but we have learned to do things differently.
We use Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom when a year ago we didn’t even know those things existed. We order our groceries online and drive by to pick them up. We occasionally order meals from our favorite restaurants and have them delivered. And when we worship, we watch it on our computer or smartphone screens, pretending to be in church as we pray, sing, listen to the sermon and affirm our faith in a pandemic-free environment, safely at home.
It has been a long year, but we have learned so much.
Now, though the virus is still with us, we have succeeded in neutralizing its death grip with vaccines, and are beginning to come out of our self-imposed quarantine. We can remove our masks outdoors, and enjoy the beauty of springtime and God’s good creation.
Now, something hopeful is happening at church.
We are going to worship together again. The Re-Opening Group, a task force chosen to study the situation, and guide the church through the pandemic, has set a goal of having the worshiping community together again, in the sanctuary, on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021.
I know this is wonderful news to hear, but, before we start celebrating, you need to know there will be some restrictions. We can’t just go back to the way things were over a year ago. It’s going to be like learning to walk again. We have to take small steps at first before we can run.
The Re-Opening Group will be sharing the restrictions that will shape our worship in the CareLine and the Newsletter, so be watching for those notices. The one thing I want you to remember is that when we gather, we will not be there for any other purpose than to give praise and thanksgiving to God for the grace we share through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I am excited. And I know you are, too.
I have been waiting to say this for quite some time –
I’ll be seeing you in church.