Worship for April 11, the Second Sunday of Easter
This year's Holy Week was, bar none, the strangest I've ever experienced. But because "experienced" is the right word -- because I experienced God's presence and our connection to God's love and redemption through your love and presence -- it may have been the best.
Easter Day was a quick pivot because of the bad weather, and that meant that online elements we're used to, and specifically the ability to offer prayers together and speak to each other after church, were missing. The problem was that none of us inside the church could hear anything from the online congregation, so we weren't able to have conversation. That will be corrected in time for this Sunday, and I'm writing to offer you two options for Sunday worship on April 11:
8 a.m.: In-person Holy Eucharist on the south lawn at All Saints'. Registration is required (click here to register). Masking and distancing are required at all times, and we will cap attendance at 50 people on a first-come first-served basis. If more than 50 people register and we have to say no to anyone, we'll prioritize those for the following week. If you are at high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19 and aren't vaccinated, we strongly recommend that you not participate, and no one should return until they are personally ready to participate in public gatherings. There will be (for now) no music. Seating is limited to picnic tables, and we ask that those who can stand for the service or bring lawn chairs to those who have trouble standing for long stretches can have first dibs on the picnic tables.
10:30 a.m. - OUR PRIMARY SERIVCE: Online Morning Prayer as we've shared together since March 2020 at https://allsaints-austin.org/worship. The format will be similar to what we did on Easter Day, but we will return to the practice of calling on members of the congregation for prayers, birthdays and anniversaries, announcements, and virtual coffee hour.
These are the Great 50 Days of Easter, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing you online and in person for worship at All Saints'. Blessings to you all. Alleluia, Christ is risen!