Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Let Israel say; “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever."
I need this repetition. Christians are grounded in the truth of Scripture. We know we live in a world broken by sin. We should expect sin to express itself through COVID-19 and community conflicts. We confront this reality each day, and we celebrate another reality - God’s love endures forever.
I rejoice in announcing that CTK will resume worship service on Sunday, July 12th. The preceding months have confirmed for me the saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I have missed the blessings of the Sacrament and the fellowship of the saints. I am eager to have both again.
Let me share some thoughts:
Will We Be Safe?
Click here to read the guidelines prepared by the Council for our re-opening. They conform to the requirements and recommendations of our governing authorities. While our congregation’s leaders have done their best to establish procedures so we can resume with a measure of safety, they cannot guarantee there are no risks involved. They ask each of you to review the procedures, assess the risks, and make your own decision whether you will attend or not. Mindful of the present challenges we each face, none of us should judge the other. Your decision will be honored.
If you have been exposed to the virus, or you are not feeling well, or you are displaying symptoms associated with the virus-- DO NOT ATTEND. Call Pastor so we can pray and help you.
Will We Worship Like We Did Prior to the Virus?
No. Loving each other and obeying our governing authorities require adjustments. Each of us will be given ample opportunity to display the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) which we received in Baptism. A few of these adjustments include:
Registering to Attend
We are required to limit the number of people who can attend at the same time. To comply, two services (9:00 and 11:00am) will be offered. Attendees must RSVP in advance for the service they will attend. Registration for the services will open on the Monday of the preceding week. Reservations are on a “first come, first served” basis. When a service reaches its limit, it will not accept additional registrants. If this happens, we encourage you to register for the alternate service. Due to the limitation on the number of attendees, registered attenders will be given priority and “drop-ins” may be denied entry. The most effective way to register is through our website: http://christtheking-bellevue.org/. An alternate method is to call the church office (425) 746 1711 and leave a message Monday-Friday 9am-1pm.
What Can You Expect Your First Sunday Back?
- Please bring your own face mask, wearing them is mandatory. If you do not have one, we are prepared to supply you with one.
- Pre and Post worship cleaning will occur so attendees may enter the building no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the service beginning and must leave the building at the conclusion of the service.
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
- Although we have not seen each other in months, please observe physical distancing.
- The restrooms on the top level are available. No more than two people can be in the restrooms at a time. There is a system to facilitate this; check with an usher or steward.
- Ushers will be meeting you at the entrance and seating you according to physical distancing requirements.
- Access to the lower two levels of the building is restricted.
- The Lord’s Supper will be offered in both services. Measures have been taken to reduce risks.
- Both services will be identical in format.
Things will be different and you may feel disoriented. The ushers, steward, and Pastor will do their best to direct and assist you.
I Cannot Attend at this Time? What Can Be Done?
CTK will continue to video stream services online. Downloadable sermon manuscripts and announcements are also posted. For those who do not have reliable access to the internet, copies of these materials can be sent to you postal. Requests are made through the office.
If you desire to receive the Lord’s Supper, please contact Pastor to make arrangements.
Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”