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LifeWay survey says more than 70 percent of churches are holding in-person worship

“Resuming in-person worship services has not been reverting to worship as usual,” [LifeWay executive director Scott] McConnell said. “Churches are making efforts to make the environment safe, but these efforts are often second-guessed by those who either want more precautions or less restrictions.”

Thirty-five percent required parishioners to wear masks, according to the survey; precautions and requirements differ from congregation to congregation, as summarized in Christianity Today:

More than 3 in 4 pastors say they provided hand sanitizer, masks or […]

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Lambeth Conference postponed until 2022

Today, the Lambeth Conference announced that it will be postponed an additional year:

In March it was announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and global restrictions on travel and mass gatherings, the Lambeth Conference of 2020 would need to be rescheduled to the British summer of 2021.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has now taken the important decision to reschedule the Lambeth Conference by a further year to the British summer of 2022. The conference will meet in […]

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The Episcopal Church offers two digital Christmas Eve programs

From the Episcopal Church:

[December 17, 2019] The Episcopal Church is offering two, digital Christmas Eve programs on December 24. Available on both the Episcopal Church website and the Episcopal Church Facebook page, these programs makes Christmas Eve worship accessible to those not attending a service or program at a local church.

 Both services will be available beginning on Christmas eve: St. Thomas’ at 4:00 pm and St. John the Baptist’s at 12:00 pm as well as at 6:00 pm (all times […]

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Digital Advent! Materials now available from the Episcopal Church

From The Episcopal Church:

[October 30, 2019] New and updated Advent resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are now available: Way of Love Digital Invitation Kit, updated Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar and curriculum, AdventWord 2019, Sermons That Work compilation of Advent and Christmas selections, Advent reflections from Episcopal Migration Ministries, and bulletin inserts. All are available here.

Also offered again this year are digital Christmas Eve services.

 

Digital Invitation Kit for Advent (available […]

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The Container We Were Given

Jesus builds it of the elements of the table fellowship of the Passover Feast.  He takes two and transforms them, constructing a shell infused with his very being.  “This is my body,” he says, passing around a loaf of bread he has blessed.  Then he passes them a cup of wine, and all of them drink from it.  “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he tells his followers.

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Looking ahead, the new year and beyond

There’s something about a new year that invites a reckoning.  We want to understand what has happened, we want to imagine what might lie ahead, and we make commitments to change ad do differently.  How successful we are at these surely varies, but that won’t stop us from peering into the tea leaves.

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Paths to Church

We don’t take many steps to reach the church doors from our home. But each step becomes a prayer as we gather for worship.

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Speaking to the Soul: Where is home?

I wonder, where is home? Each of us has an answer, and the answers are as varied as the people being asked the question. But thinking theologically for a moment, is being part of a church like being at home?

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