Worship Opportunities

Weekend Worship

Outdoor Worship Continuing in August

Dear Friends in Christ,

As few weeks ago I asked everyone to fill out and return surveys as we began to think about returning to in-person  worship.  The results of that survey were quite revealing, with only about 15% of households responding that they were ready to return to indoor, in-person worship immediately while following all the CDC guidelines.  At the same time, all across other States who have opened up more quickly than us, we have many reports of churches having to re-close because of Covid-19 outbreaks.  Because of this, the Council has approved a more cautious approach to the next phase.

In the month of July we have two options for worship, online and outdoor.  The online service for now will look exactly as it has been these last months.  Deacon Carla, Ron and I will record and post by 5:00 pm Saturday night on Facebook and there will be a call-in option at 10:30 am on Sunday. The outdoor worship time will be Sunday at 9:30 am weather permitting and will take place in the parking lot.  In case of storms, online worship will be posted as usual. For ease of reference, here are the bullet points for how the outdoor worship will go:

  •  Worship will be an abbreviated Service of the Word (live prayers, Gospel reading, sermon and pre-recorded music).  Unfortunately singing live and in groups is still seen as particularly risky, so please enjoy the music when it is played from the speakers and carillon.

  •  Safe Communion practices are still being developed, but for now  you will be invited to return home and have communion as a family following the guidelines set out in the pastoral letter.

  •   For now, the church building (i.e., restrooms) will not be  open.  Again, the service will be abbreviated.

  •   The pulpit will be located on the lawn directly behind  the  sanctuary.  Check out the satellite image below.   (This is an old image, thank goodness our parking lot   has been repaved since this photo was taken).

  •    Members are invited to park in every other parking space, staggered (see illustration).  Staff and volunteers will be there to assist you.  If you’d like to volunteer,  please call the office.

  •    If members wish they may stay in the car with their windows  open, bring lawn chairs to place outside their vehicle, or sit on the tail gate.  All members will be asked to shut down their engine so that exhaust fumes  do not bother those around them.

  •    All members will be asked to maintain 6 feet between households. Those members outside of the car will wear a  mask.

    •   We really wrestled with balancing the need for shaded comfort and having people walk a distance to shaded areas.  Because  of  mobility issues, we have decided to stay in the parking lot.  If you are especially sensitive to   light, our recommendation would  be to stay in the car   or bring an umbrella.

  •   After the service, Pastor Preston will move to the diveway  leading to the exit if households would like to stop and chat for a moment, similar to the line following services in the sanctuary.

I understand that some in our congregation long to be back to “normal” and may be frustrated by the slower pace decided by the Council.  During the month of July, we will be working diligently to put into place the procedures and gather the materials needed to be inside the building safely and responsibly. Knowing that many of the cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers, etc., are on back order, we will be doing everything we can to get everything in place.  I appreciate your patience and understanding.

In the meantime, the ministries of this church are still moving forward and ever growing.  This church was never the building, but always the people of God in common mission to proclaim and live out the Gospel message.

 Pastor Preston

On Sunday if you don't have internet you can call in to be a part of worship. (You need to call in at 10:30 for this.)

Call: 1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 216 590 032
Password: 593537
Online Worship  

Join weekend worship Facebook Live on Saturday August 8th  at 5:00 p.m.  The worship service will then be posted on Facebook for later viewing.

Click here to access the Salem Lutheran Facebook Page.

Bulletin for August 8/9 weekend Click Here 

Sparks Worship Bulletin for Pre Readers   Click Here

Sparks Worship Bulletin for Readers Click Here

8-9-20 Worship Acknowledgements

Salem Lutheran Church, Sycamore, IL

Organ Prelude:                                                                                    Nettleton   Hugo Gehrke  ©1978 Augsburg Publishing House

Hymns:         Blessed Assurance                                                   Fanny Crosby/Phoebe Knapp  Public Domain

                         Why Must Doubt Be Such a Bad Thing            Stephen M Fearing © 2019

                        Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying             Text and music Ken Medema © 1973 Hope Publishing Company, All Rights Reserved.

                        Be Thou my Vision                                                    Flute/Piano © 2015 Gary Lanier Publishing, CCLI

                        The Peace of the Lord                                             Spanish text and music ©Anders Ruuth admin. Augsburg Fortress.  English Text © Lutheran World Federation         

I Know that my Redeemer Lives                                              Samuel Medley/John Hatton   Public Domain

Organ Postlude                                                                                Duke Street    John Behnke  © 1993 Hope Publishing Company

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