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Worship begins at 10:00 am.

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Dear Friends,

Happy Memorial Day!  I know that you will join me in thanksgiving and prayer today for those who have served our country and laid their lives down for the freedoms we enjoy today. 

As we begin the process of opening our doors, I write to you this morning with Paul’s letter to the Philippians 1:9-11 in mind: And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 

It is indeed my daily prayer that your love for our Lord Jesus, your love for the Word of God, and your love for your neighbor has and will continue to grow as we navigate the realities of our situation. Also, it is my prayer that you will feel confident in your decisions on how best to continue to connect to Christ and community in the coming weeks and months. 

Following all guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina, we have decided to open our doors for public worship at 10:00 am next Sunday, May 31st. I want you to know that I realize that for many of you this is not something you feel comfortable with and I fully respect and support your decision to stay home and worship. 

If you are sick, I expect you to stay home and join us online, but if you are feeling well and are discerning where to worship, I offer you the following as a guide:

  • You should consider staying home if…

    • You are at risk as defined by the CDC

    •  You have infants or small children (as per CDC, children under 2 should not wear masks). Consider attending only if your child can wear a mask for about an hour. 

    • You feel uncomfortable for any reason.  

  • If you choose to stay at home and worship online 

    • Re:Connect begins 10:00 am

    • Join us at youtube.com/oursavioursc or Facebook Live at facebook.com/OurSaviourSC  

    • You may pick up communion (bread only in ziplock bag) by driving through our turning circle from 11:00am to 12:30pm on Sunday. 

    • For those of you with children or grandchildren, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Trish Lawrence, will have individually packaged Kids’ Church lesson and activity packets available to be picked up after the service as you exit or when you drive by for communion. One per child please for ages 4 and up. The lessons and materials will change weekly. 

  • If you choose to worship at Church of Our Saviour

    •  Please bring a mask and hand sanitizer. All participants will be required to wear masks while in the building.

    • Doors will open at 9:45am and we ask that you find your seat as soon as possible and socially distance yourself from non-family members—you may move the chairs. 

    • Use of public areas such as the lobby and restrooms are discouraged unless a necessity.

    • There will be music, but no congregational singing. 

    • Offertory deposited in collection receptacles.

    • Please follow the directions of our ushers and greeters as you enter and leave. We will dismiss by row beginning in the back and working forward. Once outside, you may receive communion from the clergy and we ask that you continue to socially distance as you walk to the parking lot.    

As I said last week, we are in a very fluid situation and things may change in the coming weeks, but one thing that will not change is....Who is the Church? We are the Church!  And to borrow the phraseology of the United States Post Carriers, “and neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night (or pandemic, or economic downturns, or being in different physical places) will deter us from worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit will connect us and the Word of God will enlighten us. As Paul prayed for the Philippians in verse 11, I, too, pray that we will be filled on Sunday with the “fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”  Amen! Amen! Amen!

God Bless and I look forward to worshiping with you!
Karl+

Hey Kids!

What does it mean to be a friend?

What do you like to do with your friends?

When I think about friends, I think about someone I like to spend time with. A friend is someone who makes me feel safe. A friend shares with me. A friend is kind to me. A friend helps me. A friend listens to me. A friend is someone I can talk to about anything. Do you think of Jesus as your friend? 

In today’s reading from John 15:12-17, Jesus tells us that we are his best friends. He also says that we must love and be friends with each other, even when it is hard. 

Now when you are friends with someone, you grow closer together by learning about each other, spending time with each other, and trusting each other. How can you do that with Jesus? 

Well, to get to know Jesus better, you need to read the Bible. In today’s reading, Jesus says that He has made known to us everything about Himself and God in the Bible. 

How do you spend time with Jesus? You pray! Sometimes, it's a great idea to stop everything you are doing, be still, and pray; but, you can also pray while you go about your day. Pray while you get dressed, eat your meals, and play. Jesus is always listening and answering you if you take the time to look and listen. 

How do you trust Jesus? Look back and his promises in the Bible and how He kept them. Look at how he’s given you what you need for today: clothes, food, a place to sleep, a family, a friend, etc...

The last thing Jesus tells us in today’s reading is that we must “Love one another deeply” He thinks it is super important for us to be friends with each other as much as we are friends with Him. 

Memory Verse: “This is my command: love each other” John 15:17

I want you to finish these sentences with ideas of how you can be a friend and love the people around you. 

A friend is kind. This week I will be kind by _____________________________
A friend spends time with people. This week I will play with ________________
A friend is a good listener. This week I will talk to ________________________
A friend shares. This week I will share my _____________________________
A friend prays. This week I will pray for _______________________________ 

Friend Forever Song

Coloring Page John 15:17

Jesus is My Friend Coloring Page
 

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Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist - 11:30 am
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