Online Worship

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First Sunday of Advent

Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Jesus’ contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of Christ in word and supper.

If you wish to worship from home, you may find the worship at our First Lutheran, San Diego YouTube Channel. You can find the bulletin below.

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Returning to our Indoor Sanctuary for Worship 10:00am

Worship will continue to be broadcast live and uploaded for viewing later on the First Lutheran Church, San Diego YouTube channel.

Dear Friends in Christ, grace to you and peace,

What a joy to share with you that we are returning to our indoor sanctuary for worship beginning the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28, 2021.

We will continue regular indoor worship as long as COVID allows. As of Nov. 17, County Health Authorities report that for those over the age of 40 vaccination rates are well over 85% and 75% for the total population.

Masks: For the sake of all, and mirroring the practice of the San Diego Unified School District and area hospitals we will look for all who attend to wear masks while indoors. This will be the case for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. 

The only variance for this will be for vaccinated worship leaders while they are speaking, or leading the congregation in song.

Social Distancing: For the sake of all we continue to encourage social distancing. This will be so in the Narthex (Lounge/Lobby) and while seated in the sanctuary. A number of chairs have been removed so that rows are further apart and so the first row is a distance from leaders.

Hand Washing and Sanitizer: For the good of all we encourage hand washing, and the use of sanitizer which will be available at the doors.

Liturgical Practices: For the good of all we will continue to distribute communion with a “low touch” practice. The Presider at the altar will dip the host into the chalice, place it onto a square of parchment and assistants will move the parchment from the altar to one, of two, stools to then be received. The paper can then be placed into receptacles on either side of the chancel.

Offering will continue to be physically received in the rear of the sanctuary, in the center aisle, on a small table. The plates will not be passed around.

Singing is permitted, but sorry, with a mask.

The Peace will still be spoken but without extra physical action or movement.

Thank you for your courtesy, thoughtfulness of others, and your understanding that COVID is still spreading among us.

Ventilation: For the good of all we will keep our doors and windows open, yes even when it’s cold or hot out, and the HV/AC fans will be on. This is the most we can do to keep fresh air moving in and out of the sanctuary and narthex/lounge.

Thank you again for your courtesy, understanding and kindness as we work together for good.

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Online Faith Development: No Evening Prayer on Wednesday, November 24

Wednesday Evening Prayer 7:00 – 7:20 p.m.

Reflections on Faith 7:21 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us each Wednesday on Zoom for the traditional refrains and sung scripture of Evening Prayer followed by a time of Reflections on Faith.

Link to Wednesday Evening Prayer and Reflections

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89728207639

Topic: Wednesday Evening Prayer and Reflections on Faith 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Time: This is a recurring meeting

Meeting ID: 897 2820 7639

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