“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’”
During the COVID
stay-at-home order, God’s people have longed to gather in the same space to
spiritually feast on God’s Word and sacrament, and join our voices in praise to
God our Savior. While online worship has been a blessing for continued
spiritual nourishment, it does not and cannot replace the social aspect of
worship as a community of believers gathered in place and time.
Recently, Gov. Walz has announced the relaxation of certain gathering restrictions for religious services, with certain guidelines in place. In light of this development, Salem's leadership has been meeting and communicating regularly to implement a careful, measured reopening plan for in-person worship services at Salem. These in-person gathering resumed on May 31, and we are pleased at the way things have gone thus far.
However, for the time being, the
worship experience is somewhat different than it was before COVID. Furthermore, it
is important to recognize that different people have varying levels of concern
when it comes to pandemic precautions (social distancing, face coverings,
etc.). As in-person worship activities resume, Christian love will lead us to
respect opinions and comfort levels that may be different than our own.
Throughout the process of reopening, Christian love and respect
has been a guiding compass in the decisions that have and will continue to be
made. As you make plans to worship at Salem, please carefully review the protocols below.