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This Sunday is Pentecost and we celebrate the “birthday of the church”. Pentecost is a reminder of the power of the Spirit that we are offered and the gifts of the Spirit that live within both the individual believer and the community that we call, “the church”. We will also begin our new times of services this Sunday, opening up space for more people to gather in-person. Services this Sunday, and going forward will be at 8:30am and 10am for our traditional services and 1:30pm for our Spanish-speaking service. We will continue to offer a virtual, online service at 11am. On Sunday, June 20 we will add an 11:45am service. This will be our weekly Contemporary/Modern worship service in the main sanctuary, meaning that we are offering five worship services every Sunday. All services in the Sanctuary will also be live streamed so that everyone will be have access to worship. Adding this to our regular digital content ensures that whether or not you are ready to gather in-person, we will be able to remain connected. If you want to attend worship in-person, on Sunday, you are asked to register for attendance. We are still maintaining social distancing and wearing masks for worship, although we will be reviewing all of the COVID-19 protocols in the very near future.
Our priority is the health and welfare of our community. This has been our priority throughout this pandemic and, with new information and guidelines being offered, we will take these into consideration as we move forward. I am excited to be welcoming even more of your this Sunday – Pentecost Sunday. Don’t forget to register NOW!
We are so excited to have had the opportunity to see so many of you and welcoming you back to in person worship.
For more than a year we have been connected through zoom meetings, broadcast worship services and via phone, text, email and social media. It has certainly been an interesting time to be in the world and to be a member of Cathedral of Hope!
During this time, we have found new ways to be connected with one another and have even grown our congregation as people locally and globally have connected with us and have started calling Cathedral of Hope home.
We have not sat on our hands throughout this season and have taken this opportunity to ask ourselves some deep questions in relation to the future of our shared calling and mission. During this time we set some ambitious goals for ourselves in what we are calling Vision 2025.
We live in a very different world and Cathedral of Hope must live into this new reality. We must remain faithful to our mission of “Proclaiming Christ through Faith, Hope and Love.” As a local and global congregation, we have many opportunities before us to grow and strengthen our congregation. In this we have to be relevant – with a relevant experience of worship and church that will meet the needs of our community and our world. We are called to reach more people and fulfill the mission and vision of our church – just as we have for more than 50 years in the past and will for more than 50 years in our future.
During the past month, we have enjoyed seeing so many who have come back to in-person worship on Sundays at 9am and Wednesdays at 7:15pm. Following CDC recommendations, we have safely worshipped together and shared in fellowship – wearing our masks, socially distanced and with limited capacity. It seems that these recommendations will remain in place for quite some time to come.
We are committed to opening up for in-person worship and will add worship services on Pentecost Sunday.
In order to keep within the CDC recommendations and to offer more diverse worship services to our Sunday schedule, we are delighted to announce a new worship schedule that I sincerely hope you will embrace and understand the need to implement.
One of the growing services, pre-COVID, was our Sunday morning 10am worship service that worshiped in the in the Interfaith Peace Chapel. It was averaging more than 100 people in attendance and was no longer able to remain there as we were reaching capacity. On Pentecost Sunday (May 23) we will worship at 8:30am and 10am – this will be the new schedule for our Sunday morning Traditional Services that will be just like the 9am and 11am services. We will move the Spanish Speaking Service to 1.30pm and begin to plan the addition of a Contemporary Service that will start in early June 2021 at 11:45am. We will also be continuing to offer an 11am online only worship, and will be live streaming all other worship services. Our digital footprint is here to stay!
In order to accommodate this schedule, we will be phasing out our Wednesday Night Pulse service. Do not worry – we will make sure that there are offerings throughout the week that meet the need for a ‘mid-week pick-me-up’ so many in our congregation look forward to. Change is never easy – and we have all encountered a lot of change over the past year or so. Our shared values and commitment to reaching more people with the good news of Christ and God’s love for us all makes this change necessary and urgent. Again, I sincerely hope that you will be as excited as I am in watching what the Holy Spirit of God will bring to us in the coming weeks, months and years. I have had the honor of serving you as your senior pastor for 6 years and I know that we are a resilient and faithful people. I know that God has been faithful and, through prayer, vision and a shared mission of proving God’s love for all people, God is going to use us again in this “new thing” that God is already doing as we faithfully work to build God’s new realm here on earth.
While we are still following CDC guidance and COVID-19 protocols, we will still be asking that you register for worship and follow our check-in and seating processes. That being said, we do not want registration and check-in to be a barrier to bringing guests and friends with you to celebrate the Good News . If you need help registering for worship, please contact Scott Stout.
I do hope that you are already planning to join me, your siblings in Christ, and the heavenly hosts as we welcome in the Spirit of God on Pentecost Sunday, as we celebrate the new things God is doing in our midst.
Worship Schedule for Holy Week and Easter
(Wednesday, March 31-April 4)
Wednesday, March 31 at 7:15pm – PULSE Worship
Friday, April 2 at 7:15pm – Good Friday
Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday
- 9am and 11am worship in English
- 1pm worship in Spanish will be online only on Facebook, YouTube, and our website.
Worship Schedule From Wednesday April 7 to May 23:
Wednesdays at 7:15pm: PULSE Contemporary Worship
- In-person worship
- 9am (register now)
- Online Worship on Facebook, YouTube and our website
- 9am (English) – live-streamed
- 11am (English) – online
- 1pm (Spanish) – online