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April 11, 2021
Second Sunday of Easter
Morning Worship, 10 AM

Watchword for the Week: If we walk in the light as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

Welcome and announcement
Rev. Andrew Heil

Prelude - Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun and The Church's One Foundation  
Arr. Mitchell Eithun (2020)
Gregor BellChor

Call to worship

Liturgy: Celebration, pages 43-47

Scripture lessons:

Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

1 John 1:1-2:2

John 20: 19-31

Hymn 680 - Blest Be the Tie that Binds
T. Dennis

Scripture lesson: Acts 4: 32-35
Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen

Sermon - All In

Hymn 515 - Highly Favored Congregation
 
T. Batty

Reflection on giving

The offertory provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that we can express our gratitude in response to God: with time, treasure, talents, and Testimony.

For financial giving online:

    • Click the “Give Now” button on any page of the Home Church website. For more information, go to HomeMoravian.org/online-giving. You can make one-time or recurring gifts.
    • Use the Moravian Ministries Foundation giving portal at https://mmfa.info/giving-portal/
    • Text HOME to 73256 on your phone.

Anthem: Open Your Heart
Jane Marshall (2002)

Doxology

Offertory prayer

Prayers for the Church and the World
Rev. Heil

Hymn 356 - Christians, Dismiss Your Fear
T. Diademata

Benediction

Choral Response

Postlude -  That Easter Day with Joy was Bright
T.  Erchienen ist der herrlich Tag
Setting by Michael Beyer, 1982

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The flowers are placed in the Sanctuary today in honor of Doris and Don Stovall who will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on April 14, and in memory of the Reverend and Mrs. Alan Hauser Barnes by the family. 

Congratulations and best wishes to Anthony Butts and Maureen Andrews, who were married on March 27 in Baton Rouge (4046 Greenwell St, Baton Rouge, LA 70805).

Ill at Novant Medical Center: Joseph Dempster

Recovering at Home: Cathryn Morse, Don Swan, Brenda Talbert

We embrace in sympathy Ada Vernon on the loss of her brother, Earl Wilkes, who died last week.

Learning opportunities are available following worship this morning 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL:
11:15 a.m.

  • Bible Discussion:  Beginning a study of 1, 2, and 3 John
  • Faith Journeys:  Living in Community with Christine Pohl:  Truthfulness
  • Scripture Encore:  “Peace Be with You,” continuing the exploration of worship lectionary scriptures 

Join via Zoom
To join by phone, call 1 (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 7460335693; Passcode: 34568983). 

TWEENS: 

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.:  Memory and Surprises, Bread Baking
  • Sunday School breakout session with Home, Kernersville, and Raleigh Moravian churches 

YOUTH:  

  • Youth Fellowship gathering begins at 2:00 pm; please contact Margaret Norris (mnorris@homemoravian.org) for zoom link and other information   

Coming Back, Carefully         

On Tuesday, April 6, the Home Church Board of Elders voted in favor of a gradual return to in-person worship in our building, beginning with our 10 AM worship on Sunday, May 2.  

As we announce this decision with joy, we also pray for the congregation’s patience and understanding in this careful beginning.

Our best efforts to keep everyone safe and comfortable begin with the excellent work of our Safety Ministry Team.  As we begin to regather, we will follow their recommended protocols.   This means that many things about worship will look, sound, and feel different as we work to protect everyone’s health from COVID-19.  

What will look the same?

Our beautiful sanctuary, and your beautiful faces!

Also, livestreaming will continue on all platforms: Facebook, YouTube, and homemoravian.org. 

What will look different?
Here is what you can expect as we begin regathering:

1. Numbers will be limited, especially in the first few weeks.  

After an extensive review of our sanctuary seating, the Safety Ministry Team has created a seating plan that allows for the CDC-recommended distance of 6 feet* between worshippers and also includes safe traffic patterns. (For instance, if someone needs to leave their seat to use the restroom, it’s important that they not have to squeeze by neighbors in the pew.)  This plan will determine seating in the sanctuary in the initial stages of our regathering, as a way of starting slowly and carefully.  This plan allows for 32 worshippers to be present in the sanctuary.  (Worship team members and ushers are not counted in the 32.)  

While we recognize that North Carolina’s current recommendation for indoor gatherings would allow up to 50, the seating in our sanctuary cannot accommodate 50 persons while maintaining distance and traffic flow.  As vaccinations increase and infection rates (we pray) decline, we do hope to raise our seating limit as quickly as possible.  Meanwhile, we crave your patience as we learn the best ways to be together while staying safe.

2. Reservations will be required.

With seating limited, reservations will be necessary.  Using the reservations submitted, our ushers will develop a seating plan for each Sunday, putting members of households together and allowing proper distance between others.  

We will create the opportunity to sign up online or by calling the church office.  We’re still working out the technical details and will publicize the sign-up procedures as soon as we have them in place.

*The recent change to CDC recommendations, from 6 feet to 3 feet, applies only to children and teenagers in classroom settings.

3. Masks will be worn by everyone, at all times (except that pastors will remove theirs while speaking at the microphone).

4. For the time being, congregational singing is “on hold.”  The thought of being in church but not singing is a hard deprivation for our congregation, and we are paying close attention to new recommendations as they develop; but for the present, out of an abundance of caution, only the worship team will sing (masked, of course).

Other parts of the protocol are the familiar hallmarks of this COVID era: things like temperature checks and screening questions, one-way traffic, and an abundance of hand sanitizer.  In the coming weeks we’ll release a complete list of the protocols so that everyone will have a better idea of even the smallest details.

Finally:

Some things will probably look different from week to week.

We’ll try very hard to develop consistent practices for our gatherings.  For at least the first few 

Sundays, however, we may find ourselves adapting week to week as guidelines change or we figure out better ways to do things.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we learn to be together in new ways.

And, speaking of different, the elders are talking about adding some different worship opportunities that will allow for larger gatherings outdoors.  We’re excited about that possibility!  If you are interested in helping to create some outdoor worship opportunities, please contact a member of the Board of Elders so that we can invite you into the conversation.

We have called this return “careful.”  We encourage all members to think of our gradual return as care-full:  Each decision we make, and each step we take, is full of care for one another.  Some of the things we are asking are hard things: It’s hard to think of limiting the seats in God’s house, making reservations, sitting quietly instead of singing joyfully.  But because we care for one another, we can do hard things for one another and for the good of the whole congregation.  

With joyfulness and longing,

— Rev. Ginny Tobiassen
for the Board of Elders and the Safety Ministry Team

Senior Friends

Senior Friends will meet on Zoom, Thursday, April 15th at 1 pm. Our program this month will be given by the Rev. Dr. Daniel Crews who oversaw preparation for publication of many volumes of the records of Moravian work among the Cherokee nation.

Daniel has titled his presentation as: “Cherokees and Moravians: A Long Journey and Relationships Restored.” And he says about his talk: "This will give what led up to the Trail of Tears, the event itself, and our friendship with the Cherokees up to the present." 

Please join us on Zoom with the same link as is used for Evening Prayers, as printed at the very beginning of "The Latest News for You" emailed from Home Moravian Church.

World Mission News    

In spite of the Pandemic our team has continued to focus on areas of support in our mission areas of Ray of Hope, Kenya, where Sr. Sarah Mandiba is continuing education for her teaching certificate, and in Sierra Leone, where Sr. Safie Mohammed continues to lead after the death of her husband. We remained concerned for our sisters and brothers in Honduras and Nicaragua who are continuing to rebuild from the devasting hurricanes of last year. Our Board of World Mission staff has been unable to go to targeted areas of responsibilities but continues to monitor areas through local people. You may go to the Board of World Mission website for current information: https://www.moravian.org/mission/

The World Mission Team has scheduled three events to raise funds to support mission efforts.

  • MAY 1: SHREDDING EVENT: This event will be in the Elberson Fine Arts Parking Lot of Salem College behind the Archives and the Moravian Music Foundation. Time is 10:00 AM till noon. Suggestion is $5.00 per bag or box. In addition to documents, computer hard drives can be shredded.
  • OCT. 24 , SUNDAY OF CHURCH COUNCIL: a Soup and Chili Luncheon with quarts available for $10.00. This will be in Fellowship Hall.
  • NOVEMBER (Date to be determined) CHRISTMAS DECORATION SALE of “gently used items”. More information later.  

PROCEEDS FROM EACH EVENT WILL SUPPORT WORLD MISSION EFFORTS. We thank you for your support. For information, contact Mallie Graham, 336.924.9409.

This Week’s Calendar

Sunday, April 11, 2021

  •   9:00 am – Children’s SS/Godly Play
  •   9:30 am – Virtual Sanctuary Fellowship
  • 10:00 am – Worship
  • 11:15 am – Adult Sunday School
  •  2:00 pm – Youth Fellowship

Monday, April 12

  •   5:15 pm – CE meeting
  •   7:00 pm – Trustees meeting

Tuesday, April 13

  •   8:00 am – Prayers for the morning

Wednesday, April 14

  •   6:30 pm – WNF gathering
  •   6:45m – WNF program

Thursday, April 15

  •   9:00 am - Consortium Educators’ meeting
  •   1:00 pm – Sr. Friends
  •   5:00 pm – HTH deadline
  •   8:00 pm – Prayers for the evening

Sunday, April 18

  •   9:00 am – Children’s SS/Godly Play
  •   9:30 am – Virtual Sanctuary Fellowship
  • 10:00 am – Worship
  • 11:15 am – Adult Sunday School
  • 2:00 pm – Youth Fellowship

Here is the link that Ginny mentions in her sermon on Easter Sunday, April 4.

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