I wrote at great length last week about the very beginnings of a return to church-based-worship alongside our ongoing online worship on Sundays. (these can be found here in case you didn’t have the time to read them last week)
There have been a small handful of replies: ranging from ‘Are you mad this is dangerous, we should all stay home’ and ‘We will return when it is safe for us all to return’ to ‘I will be there and I don’t care what you offer, we just want to be in church’ and ‘I am really missing the Eucharist’
All that put together, plus factoring preferences and availabilities means for now:
return2church worship will happen on Saturday evenings @17.00
SA 16th May @17:00 Rogationtide service (to parallel our online service on Sunday)
SA 23rd May @17:00 Ascensiontide service* (SU 24.05. online service as usual)
SA 30th May @17:00 Pentecost service* (SU 31.05. online service as usual)
* Ante Communion – Eucharistic liturgy minus the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion
After these three weekends we will review.
If you plan to be in church on any of the above please register with Alison by breakfast (08:00) on Friday firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her (If you are on our mailing list your name will suffice, but if you are bringing visitors (unlikely?) we will need full contact details in case we need to trace all those present at the service.
Kara will confirm reservation of places with you each Friday afternoon.
Please also read the guidance about staying safe whilst attending worship https://stcatherines-stuttgart.de/keeping-you-safe/return2church-policy/
“Oh for some spiritual content” – here is a prayer I shall possibly use at Pentecost
which also follows on from the theme of prayer this last weekend and the clips of life-affirming prayers:
I asked for health that I might do great things:
I was given infirmity that I might do better things…
I asked for riches that I might be happy:
I was given poverty that I might be wise
I asked for power that I might have the praise of ‘men’:
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life:
I was given life that I might enjoy all things…
I got nothing that I asked for but everything that I hoped
for almost despite myself:
My unspoken prayers were answered
I am among all ‘men’ most richly blessed.
Not so far into the future is the Feast of Pentecost.
To complement our worship please send in pictures of anything to do with your Countries of Origin / Places you call Home. Thank you.
Please use email or WhatsApp to Kara or Frances (email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org)