Temporary Worship Service Changes Instructional Video
Delivered By
Pastor Scottie & Janet Thomas
Delivered On
July 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Drive-thru service...? How does that work?

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingsport, TN

Greetings to all of you in the name of God our Father the Lord Jesus Christ. We are living in unprecedented times. As you may know, COVID-19 is on the rise throughout the United States including the state of Tennessee also reporting increases.

I do not believe any in-person worshiping community has safer protocols than HTLC. Nevertheless, cases are on the rise not only in Tennessee but in many other states as well. Sullivan County is reporting an increase. As of the 24th of June we had five active cases in Sullivan County. There were 13 reported active cases on June 29th. The Southeastern Synod of the ELCA continues to send messages encouraging us all to be extremely careful.

After receiving counsel from our medical community and careful prayer, our HTLC Leadership has decided to suspend our in-person Sunday Worship Service for this Sunday, July 5, 2020, and return to our Video Worship Service and post the video to our website.

Sunday, July 12, 2020, we will begin a drive-thru Worship Service in our parking lot. We will have the capability of transmitting an FM signal giving us the opportunity to broadcast our service to your car radio. This will be a short meditation service with prayer, Scripture reading, short message, and pre-recorded music. After concluding this portion of the service, those who choose could come through for contactless drive-thru Holy Communion. The service will also be recorded and put on-line for those who choose to see it whenever they like in their home. The option of drive-in worship provides a reason for some to be able to get out of their home and at least see others through the car window. And, and bring our HTLC family together again - safely.

We will be posting a video to our website later today for a more detailed explanation of what this service will look like.

We will continue posting all of our Sunday Worship Services and mid-week Words of Encouragement on our church website HolyTrinityKingsport.org. This temporary shift in our worship service will allow us a few weeks to evaluate our direction going forward. Our #1 priority is lifting the name of God on high while keeping you safe.

Please continue to pray with us for God’s continued guidance as we seek to safely worship each week.

Let us pray:

Oh God of grace and glory, you have set us free to love and serve the neighbor. Give us continued guidance as to how we may best provide safe worship during these uncertain times. It is only by your guidance that we may confidently move forward in these trying days. Faith, hope, and love continues to give us assurance of your never-failing love. May our actions reflect your love and your grace as we walk together as one in your name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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