WELCOME HOME, ST. MATTHEW’S!

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME CORPORATE WORSHIP?

If you are not feeling ill in any way and are not at risk in terms of health, you may resume corporate worship this weekend. As during the time of quarantine, so even now our primary focus is on love of neighbor when it comes to basic commonsense safety issues. So, out of love for neighbor, please check your temperature before you leave home. If your temperature is above normal, please wait another week before returning.

Because we will continue to offer online worship at all the normal times and will continue to distribute the host to those driving through the circular drive in front, we ask you not to park in the circle and not to enter or exit by the front glass doors. Instead we ask that you enter by the main office door on the south side of the building. We suggest you arrive a few minutes early and wear a mask entering and exiting. If you are concerned about exposure, you may wear your mask during corporate worship.

There will be foaming hand sanitizer bottles by the office door and by the double glass doors off the circular drive. Please keep your mask on as you enter and exit. Please use the hand sanitizer as you enter and exit. Please observe social distancing upon entering and exiting the building. Short lengths of blue tape are approximately 7 feet apart through the narthex and into the nave. We ask that there be no visiting in groups inside the building. Visiting in the courtyard or parking lot is fine, but observe social distance.

Every other pew has been taped off to maintain, at least, six feet between worshipers. We also ask that you maintain at least six feet distance between you (or your family) and the next person (or family).

There will be no nursery, no children’s sermon, no ushers, no greeters, no acolytes, no worship assistants or lectors. Offerings may be placed into the metal box with a slot that is located on a table INSIDE the nave.

Pr. Sam and the musicians will serve on Saturday night. Pr. Sam, Pr. Hoyer, and the musicians will serve on Sunday morning. Distribution of the Sacrament will be in one kind and received in the hand. While normal practice is to receive in two kinds, we are, out of love for neighbors, forgoing the cup and not forbidding the cup. There is a difference. Recovering alcoholics have received only one kind for years!

You will be directed by sections from front rows to back rows to receive the Sacrament from one of the pastors at the gates to the chancel (think of lining up to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday). Please observe the blue tape on the floor and keep a distance between yourself and the person or family in front of you.

If you use the restrooms, please be sure to wash your hands thoroughly (say the Lord’s Prayer twice) and, if using the larger restrooms, please be patient and allow only one person at a time at the sinks.

Allowing a little more time for entering and exiting worship (keeping at least six feet of separation from a person or family) is a small discomfort to undergo in order to be back in corporate worship together. When you leave worship, either take your bulletin with you or place it in the open recycle receptacle. Because we don’t know how many to expect, there are a limited number of bulletins this weekend. So… please share with your spouse or family. If you need your own bulletin for certain, please print one before you leave home. All the hymns will be in the bulletin. Hymnals are not to be used for the present.

 

St Matthew's Pastor Sam Zumwalt

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The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt has worked in churches for 44 years and in May 2020 celebrated the 39th anniversary of his ordination to the holy ministry. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Trinity (www.societyholytrinity.org). In 2004, Pr. Zumwalt moved with his family to Wilmington from Texas, where he served for 23 years as pastor of small, midsize, and large congregations.