Our Regathering Task Force unanimously decided to resume our indoor, in-person worship in the Beautiful Savior Sanctuary on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
This worship decision was made in light of many restrictions being lightened for other members of our communities, including those in schools, entertainment, sports, restaurants, and more. Also supporting this move are improved Covid-19 treatments, decreases in infection rates, downward trends in hospitalization for serious cases, and a rapidly growing number of active Beautiful Savior people (and I happen to be one of them) who have received at least one of two vaccination shots.
If you are not yet ready to take this worship step, we want you to feel no pressure to do so. We all have varying reasons for when and why we will be able to worship again in the Sanctuary. That’s why we’re grateful that online worship that is livestreamed as well as recorded for later viewing is now a consistent ministry of Beautiful Savior. If you are ever unable to worship in-person due to health, travel, or a host of other reasons, our online worship opportunity will still be available for you.
One of our primary goals during the pandemic has been to keep Beautiful Savior faithful, together, growing, and entrepreneurial. Thanks to God’s guidance and power, that has happened, and we are stronger than when we entered the pandemic. We thank God for the many amazing people who are leading us through this wilderness period. The outpouring of new ministries has been extraordinary. Certainly, the way that talented and courageous Beautiful Savior people have led in the outside world has also been an incredible witness to how the church is not contained within a building. Instead, we as the church are the people of God who carry God’s love in Jesus Christ with us wherever we go.
Thankfully, in Christ’s Service,
The Rev. Dr. Niklaus C. Schillack
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Preparing for Worship in the Sanctuary
The following are key elements to know in advance before attending worship in the building:
If you are sick, or you think you are sick, or you have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19, please utilize our online worship opportunity instead of indoor Sanctuary worship.
Face coverings over both the mouth and nose are required. Face coverings will be adjusted just once for receiving Holy Communion.
Our maximum worship attendance capacity is currently set at 75 people. We expect this number to rise as pandemic conditions improve.
There will be space for worshiping in the Welcome Center utilizing the screen and sound system whether for overflow or comfort.
For contact tracing purposes, we are required to have the name and phone number of all people present. We will still register people at the door, but preregistration helps our staff and volunteers, and simply gets people into the Sanctuary faster and easier. You can preregister on our church website – bslcmi.org/church-events – or by calling the church office at (248) 646-5041.
We will provide you with prepackaged Holy Communion elements for worship.
We will sing hymns, but only a verse or two of each. We will increase singing over time as pandemic conditions improve.
Offerings will be deposited in a basket upon entry or departure so that we are not passing a plate.
The entire order of worship will be on the screen to limit physical contact with bulletins/hymnals.
There will be designated spaces for households to sit, which will be spaced generously from other people, and ushers will seat as well as dismiss people. (Imagine what happens at a wedding.)
The windows will be open, fans utilizing the filtration system will run constantly, and the heat radiators will be running. (Consider dressing for the weather, but indoors.)