All Saints Is Open!
The Reopening committee is pleased to announce that on June 13, All Saints reopened on a modified schedule, and is offering three services each weekend. See This Week at All Saints for a list of who will be presiding and preaching at services this summer.
The first indoor Sunday Eucharist was offered at
9 a.m. on June 13, with the Rev. Bert Draesel presiding (pictured at right with Ted Griffin, acolyte). It was a joyous occasion.
In his sermon, the Rev. Draesel exhorted us to practice our faith by nurturing our community, inviting others to worship with us, and offering to give them a ride to service. He also asked us to care for our community by continuing to offer to help friends, neighbors, and fellow "saints" to get vaccinated.
The Rev. Draesel capped the positive message of his sermon by moving to the piano bench and offering a rousing rendition of "Amazing Grace," to the delight of the congregants. Despite the challenge, they refrained from singing along, in accordance with the current diocesan guidelines. The service was followed by the first coffee hour in Bristol Hall since March 2020.
Meanwhile, All Saints continues to offer Eucharist on Sunday morning via Zoom at 10:15 a.m. and on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Garden. Both of these services are led by the Rev. Canon Joan Pettit Mason.
As of July 28, 2021, everyone attending worship indoors must once again wear a mask that fully covers their mouth and nose.
Please keep in mind that, in accordance with the new diocesan guidelines, only the host is offered at Eucharist.
Looking ahead, we now have a Mevo Start camera that will enable us to start streaming services when we get back into the sanctuary.