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Dear People of Holy Communion,

The vestry met earlier this week, and we talked about the state of the pandemic. We wish the virus numbers would continue to fall at the rate they did in January and February. We are at a frustrating moment as we wait for better news. Still, I am encouraged that so many of the congregation are reporting that they have been vaccinated or have been able to schedule appointments. (If that isn’t you yet, I pray the day comes soon. We have some seasoned appointment finders in the congregation, read below if you need help).

The vestry and I remain committed that our primary worship will remain online worship for the next several months. We are also convinced it is time to start making more in-person opportunities available. We have planned in-person outdoor services at 4pm on Palm Sunday and 6am on Easter. Those services will be different than our past “drive in” services. At both services we ask you to bring lawn chairs, to stay socially distanced and masked, but we will be able to see one another, to wave and say hello. On Palm Sunday, we’ll be gathering for the first time in Mooney Park, just across from the church. (Kudos to our Director of Operations for persisting with the UCity Parks department and finally getting us a permit). We also have the opportunity to visit the church for Good Friday, to pray at the foot of the cross.

I am encouraged to see how many folks have signed up for these opportunities. The clergy really look forward to them. Frankly for us it is a privilege to catch up with folks and to pray with you. If you’re not ready yet, that is okay. We will take these steps slowly, intentionally, and safely. After Easter I hope to have more announcements about ways we will continue the slow walk forward, more in person options will be available, so that when you are ready, the church will be ready for you to come and worship.

In Christ,
Mike+

March 28: Palm Sunday Services

If you’re coming to the parade, bring your parasols
(along with your masks and lawn chairs)

For Palm Sunday we will have two opportunities for worship:

10:30am Morning Livestream:

At 10:30am we will have a streamed service of Morning Prayer and a reading of the Passion Gospel. Palms are available for pickup at the church. We have extended the deadline to get your pictures/videos in of you waving your branches until 2pm today.

4pm Afternoon In-Person Parade and Service

The weather forecast is glorious and we will have a Palm Sunday parade outdoors, which will lead to an outdoor service of Eucharist and an outdoor reading of the Passion Gospel. We will meet in Mooney Park, just across Jackson Avenue from the church. If you’re coming to the parade, bring your parasols! (along with your masks and lawn chairs).
We will follow our guidelines for outdoor worship.

Click here to register for Palm Sunday in-person

Holy Week 2021: Sign up for in-person opportunities is available.

This year, the covid restrictions will still limit our possibilities for Holy Week. We are offering both in-person and online opportunities to mark the most sacred days in the Christian Calendar.

The full schedule is on our website. Space is limited for in person gatherings (and going fast), so we encourage you to reserve your space as soon as possible.

View the Holy Week Schedule and Sign up

Or sign up using our app:

All of the Holy Week services and the sign ups are also available right in our mobile app. You can use the app to sign up (look for the events marked REGISTER). The app will also take you right to the Youtube video for each online service.

Share your Palms to be featured in the livestream: deadline extended to 2pm today!

Whether you get your palms from the church or you simply wave a nice leaf you found on a walk, we’d love to see your palms at home this Palm Sunday. Share a photo or video of your palms using the upload link on our website (or use the tag #HOCOPALMS on social media) and we will include a selection in our Palm Sunday livestream service. (Submissions are due by 12 noon on Friday)

Upload your Palm Pictures
Read about other ways to participate in Holy Week

Holy Week at home guide

This year we still cannot observe Holy Week in its fullness together in the church. Marking Holy Week this year. will take creativity. Holy Communion will offer online worship and in person gatherings. We also have put together a series of resources, and a printable guide for you to use at home.

Download the Guide
Find more resources on our website

Stations of the Cross Available

We invite you to walk the stations of the cross with us…

The Rector, Seminarian Meg Goldstein, Janice Nihill, and Ellis Anderson lead the Stations of the Cross based on a set by the African American artist Alan Rohan Crite on display at Holy Communion.

You can listen to the stations as you scroll through the images on our website. You might also choose to listen while you are out on a walk during Holy Week, or listen/use the liturgy when you visit the church on Good Friday.

The stations are available in the Holy Communion App, or by following this link:

Online Stations of the Cross

Holy Communion App now available

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Prayer List:

The Holy Communion Prayer List is now an image, to protect privacy (names are no longer searchable). You'll have to allow the image to load to see the names.

To add or remove someone from the prayer list, please contact the office at office@holycommunion.net

Read more about Pastoral Care at Holy Communion

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