John 8:12-20 – “LEAD ON, KINDLY LIGHT!”

John 8:12-20 – “LEAD ON, KINDLY LIGHT!”

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Opening Solo – “Thy Word”
Liturgy – Page 15 (front of hymnal)
Scripture Lessons:   Exodus 40:34-38; Psalm 27:1
1 John 1:5-10; John 8:12-20
All Scripture lessons are from the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)
The Apostles Creed – Page 19  (front of hymnal)
Hymn – 569
SERMON – John 8:12-20 – “LEAD ON, KINDLY LIGHT!”
Offertory  – Prayers – The Lord’s Prayer – Benediction
Closing Hymn – 422

IN MEMORY of Bonnie Miller, an additional $50.00 has been given to the General Fund and $50.00 to the School Renovation Fund.

COMMUNION LAST WEEKEND – 141 folks received communion last Saturday and Sunday.

NO FELLOWSHIP HOUR between services until further notice after regular worship services resumes next week.

NOTES ON CHURCH SPACES DURING SCHOOL RENOVATION
A temporary “faculty office” has been set up downstairs, and to accommodate storage of electronic pianos and other items, the balcony has been closed off for regular seating during the summer.

FACULTY MEETING downstairs at church, Thursday, 1:00 p.m.

THANKS to all those who have helped in so many ways behind the scenes during the last few months of the shut-down.

8th GRADE GRADUATION will be briefly observed in 2nd service on Sunday, May 31.Congrats to our graduates!

CONFIRMATION will be on Sunday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. Pictures will be taken at 9 a.m. sharp that day. (Confirmation practice at 9 a.m. on June 14).

PASTORAL VISITATIONS
Nursing homes and hospitals are restricting regular access at this time.  For the safety of everyone and for the protection of our shut-ins, usual pastoral visits will be delayed.  In urgent circumstances, do not hesitate to phone the pastor (486-2754) and he will be happy to minister to you on a personal basis.  

OFFERINGS & FINANCES
Our online giving app is now up and running!  Simply go the home page at www.stpaulsbangor.com and click on the offering button. We are also receiving offerings by mail, or as you may wish, by bringing offering envelopes to the parsonage. Our treasurer continues to make regular deposits.

REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICES RESUME MAY 31 & JUNE 1
Following a consensus with other WELS pastors in our immediate area (circuit), and with the approval of our Church Council, we will resume regular worship services on Sunday, May 31 at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. and on Monday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.  God-willing, this will be the regular schedule throughout the summer.   Those for whom age or compromised health poses a greater risk need not feel constrained to attend until conditions indicate greater safety.  Livestreaming of our worship services will continue through the summer for such individuals.  

In resuming our worship services, we will seek to balance God’s own guidelines for us in the 3rd commandment, gladly hearing and learning God’s Word.  The psalmist said:  “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’ ”  (Psalm 122:1).  Even as we do so, we will seek to be mindful of health guidelines provided by our leaders (4th commandment), and with loving consideration for the bodily welfare of others (5th commandment). To minimize risk and anxiety, we will take the following common sense steps: 

  • Ushers will ask you to fill in from the front and will usher you out from the back of church, thereby avoid unneeded passing by folks.
  • Responsible distancing (Every other pew in somewhat staggered fashion will be the general pattern.  Families may sit together)
  • If there is over-flow, services will be broadcast to the basement.
  • Following each service, the pews which are blocked off will be switched to avoid immediate surface contact with hymnals, etc.
  • No passing of the offering plate (offering plates are at the back of church.  The offering will still be brought forward to the altar).
  • Please pick up your own bulletin and take it home with you.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Railings, door handles, etc. will be disinfected before each service.
  • Feel free to wear a face mask if you wish
  • Length of service may be somewhat abbreviated.  Some guidelines advise no singing in order to guard against spreading germs.  We wish to be upfront – we will sing hymns – but perhaps 3 instead of 4.
  • On communion Sundays we will follow a similar way of distributing communion as we did during the rotating communion services we offered during Holy Week and in May.  Instructions will be provided at that time. Ushers will assist you.
  • Pastor plans to stand in the narthex and greet you as you leave. He will not plan on shaking hands to avoid cross-contamination. This is more for your safety than his.   ☺ 

This may seem like quite a list, but most of it will just happen naturally. Please follow the guidance of our ushers as we seek to show love for each other and for the wider community as we rejoice to return to the house of the Lord!  See you May 31 & June 1.