Category: Worship

Worshiping In-Person AND Online

We resumed in-person worship at Cross of Glory on Sunday, February 14. Online worship will continue, so those feeling more comfortable staying home can do so.

Because we are limiting the number of worshippers to 50 and taking other COVID precautions to make our worship experience as safe as possible, things won’t look exactly like they did last March. (Who remembers what things looked like last March anyway.) However, we can be certain of this – God will continue to show up big time! And, of course, that’s true regardless of whether you’re in the building or watching via Facebook or YouTube live. God always shows up!

While we’ll have to be flexible so we can adjust to changes in CDC and Illinois guidance, here’s an overview of what to expect:

  1. In order to reflect our love and care for each other, we will all be wearing masks. (Please put them on as you are leaving your car, and make sure they cover both your mouth and nose.)
  2. The maximum number of people we can have in the worship space is 50. Band, tech people, and helpers total about 15, so we can have 35 additional people for worship each Sunday.
  3. If you have any COVID symptoms or have been recently exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID, please take care of yourself and others by staying home and participating online.
  4. When you enter the building, we’ll have hospitality volunteers taking temperatures. Inside, you’ll find socially distanced seats. (The plan is to have households sit together, but distanced from others.
  5. You can leave your offering in an offering box near the door of the worship space.

In order to make this work, we need 2-3 volunteers each Sunday to help welcome everyone, direct them to seats and take temperatures. This is a wonderful way to get back involved in worship. Don’t worry it’s easy. We’ll tell you everything you need to know and provide you with everything you’ll need. Please contact Dana O’Brien if you’d like to help. Remember, having enough hospitality volunteers is key if we’re going to worship in the building.

In addition to worshiping inside, we will continue to worship online via Facebook and YouTube every Sunday. These online options are great for anyone who for any reason can’t (or just isn’t ready to) come back to the building.

These are still very challenging times, but I think we’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, as more and more people get vaccinated, we’ll get this pandemic under control. And remember, this is also a great time to live as God’s church in this place. Let’s all take this opportunity to show God’s love to each other and to all those in our community who so need to hear about the God of grace and hope that we follow.

As always, please contact Pastor Dana O’Brien if you have any questions.

Click here for video explanation from Pastor Dana

 

 

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Feb. 7: Sermon on the Mount / Reconciling In Christ Sunday

Join us this Sunday, February 7, at 9:30, as we look at our fourth group of Essential Jesus readings. This Sunday we explore Jesus’ sermons, with a focus on the Sermon on the Mount, a concise description of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

It’s also Reconciling in Christ Sunday, so we’ll affirm our own Welcome Statement and explore what the Sermon on the Mount has to say about welcoming.

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Worship: January 31, 2021 – The Essential Jesus – Week 3

Pastor Dana O’Brien

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Worship: January 24, 2021 – The Essential Jesus – Week 2

Pastor Dana O’Brien

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Worship: January 17, 2021 – The Essential Jesus – Week 1

Pastor Dana O’Brien

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Worship: January 10, 2021 – The Essential Jesus – Intro 2

Pastor Dana O’Brien

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Worship: January 3, 2021 – The Essential Jesus – Intro 1

Pastor Dana O’Brien

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Worship Update

From Pastor Dana…

Hi everyone,

Remember I sent you an email a couple weeks ago about beginning indoor worship at Cross of Glory on Sunday, November 1. And remember that email also said we want to remain flexible, so we can respond to any new Illinois or CDC guidance. Well, by now most of you know that Will County is now subject to COVID mitigation restrictions, including a cap of 10 people for indoor gatherings. And that means we will delay the start of indoor worship at COG for the time being.

Throughout this pandemic, one of our primary concerns as a congregation has been caring for our neighbors. It’s why we wear masks and social distance, even when we’re worshipping outdoors. It’s why we will implement even more safety precautions when we move inside. But at this point, delaying the start of indoor worship is the best way to both keep our neighbors and us safe and serve as good role models for our community.

So for right now, each Sunday we’ll have the band and other volunteers who put the service together at the building. And the rest of us are all invited to worship online at 9:30 via Facebook live. (Please feel free to comment and tell everyone you’re watching. I don’t know about you, but the comments always make me feel more connected.) As soon as Will County gets back to Phase 4, we can go ahead with plans to add an indoor worship option.

Thanks so much everyone! I trust we all know that we are church together, even when we are unable to physically worship together. We have a God who always shows up wherever we are, and who continues to do amazing things in and through us. And the people of God said . . .

Amen, People of God!

 

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Cross of Glory Worshiping Outside until Nov. 1

Join us in the parking lot at Cross of Glory.

We will be following state recommendations…

Drive-in services involve congregants driving to a common location and worshiping together from their household vehicle, while listening to either a remote service or one that is broadcast through speakers. If done correctly, these types of services pose a low risk of infection. Maintain distance between cars so that there is more than six feet of distance between any group of congregants and another group of congregants – particularly if car windows are open. Restrooms should be regularly sanitized and have sufficient soap and hand sanitizer.

From Pastor Dana…

Hello everyone,

As we get ready to worship outside at the Cross of Glory building this Sunday, I’m sending you all the liturgy for Sunday’s worship. It includes all the spoken words and all the song lyrics. 

If you are planning to come and worship at the building, this attached document is essential. We do not have a screen outside, so you need to either copy the attached document and bring copies with you, or you need to download it and get it off your ipad or phone. We will not have copies available, so make sure you bring enough for everyone in your car. 

So remember, here’s what you want to bring:

        • A copy of the liturgy (AVAILABLE HERE)
        • a mask for everyone if you are coming out of the car (this is key — it is how we love our neighbor!!!)
        • your own chair if you’re coming out of the car
        • communion elements (bread and wine or juice)
        • wear a pride shirt or some other colorful shirt if you want to be in the video we’re creating after worship for Pride Month
           

Lots of grace and a sense of humor would be good too.  We’ll have people who will help you park (every other parking space). And if you are coming up front, please wear masks and socially distance — we’re shooting for 10 feet between groups because we are singing. 

I’m so looking forward to seeing your smiling faces (even if your smiles are behind masks). And if you’re just not comfortable coming to worship in person yet (or you are feeling at all sick and are staying home), that’s fine — you can join us live on our Cross of Glory Facebook page

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Watch our Services on Facebook Live and YouTube

If you’ve got a virtual worship place, that’s wonderful. But if your congregation isn’t worshiping, we invite you to join us electronically at Cross of Glory on Sunday morning.

If you are a Facebook user, join us via Facebook live. Click on the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church Facebook site and join us promptly at 9:30. The service details will be on the screen, so be prepared to participate by speaking the prayers and confession aloud, sharing your own prayers and other comments, and singing the songs.

Services are  also available on the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church YouTube channel.

 

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