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Crossings: Details For “Summer on the Green”

Crossings: Details For “Summer on the Green”

PLEASE NOTE: This Sunday, July 5th, we will have one service online at 9:30 a.m.

Dear Christ the Redeemer family,

We first went to online worship on Sunday, March 15th. Soon, on Sunday, July 12th, we are looking forward to meeting again in person to celebrate Holy Eucharist.

As you have probably heard, we will be meeting outdoors for “Summer on the Green” (click for more details), on the lovely lawn of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I am very much looking forward to this for several reasons, not least our being together again. I am also deeply grateful to Gordon-Conwell for their gracious hospitality in allowing us to use their beautiful grounds.

I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you all about Summer on the Green – the ethos, if you will, that we will need to have there, and some practical details as well.

ETHOS THIS SUMMER

This coming Sunday (July 5th) I will be preaching about the spirit and attitude in which we are walking as we go forward with Summer on the Green (Please Note: This Sunday we will have one service, online, at 9.30 a.m.). So more on Sunday, but in short it is this: our spirit is simply our following of our Lord Jesus, who emptied himself, and humbled himself, even to the point of dying for us, even when we were yet sinners and even his enemies. (Philippians 2, Romans 3&5)

Paul tells us to have that same mind as our Lord Jesus had. In this spirit we will be following (and in one instance exceeding) the official guidelines, in a good-will effort both to keep people safe and also to build trust with our neighbors. The details are on our website, but I’d like to address two aspects briefly here:

  • Masks: I am expecting everyone to wear a mask as you are moving to and from and about (entering, finding a place to sit, etc.) and whenever we are singing. It seems that the masks do not so much protect the wearer but, rather, others around the wearer. Hence it is a question of loving and serving each other- a Philippians 2 question.
  • Contact Tracing: I am expecting each person who comes to check in, so that in the unhappy situation that someone among us contracts the COVID virus, the authorities will be able to contact others who may have been exposed and work to contain any possible spread. Friends, on the one hand I understand the concern some have about privacy in this; on the other, honestly, I’ll tell anyone that I go to worship the Lord Jesus. That is the one thing I will share most openly of all.

RELAXED AND INTERACTIVE

We will have a designated Prayer Station and a special Talk with a Priest Station. Feel free at any point in the service – yep, in the middle of the sermon even! – to get up, don your mask, and go to these special places. Whenever the Spirit of our Lord Jesus speaks to you or that you need to connect or receive prayer, go ahead and go. Our time together in these mornings will seem to pass quickly, and we want to be able to bring people deeply into the presence of our Lord Jesus.

A FEW PRACTICAL DETAILS
(See map below for reference)

Come early: you’ll need a little time to park, walk over, go to your space, and set up your lawn chair or blanket or umbrella or etc. Parking attendants will be in place starting at 9 a.m.

There is a special seating area for those who for any reason are at greater risk of contracting the virus. There is also a parking area designated for those who sit in that area, including Valet parking for those for whom the walk would be a bit too far. The map shows these spaces.

JOIN US IN PRAYING!

Please join us in praying for any and every aspect of Summer on the Green.

Be praying with me especially for:

  • Transmission rates to continue to trend downwards in our commonwealth.
  • States that are experiencing surges and where many people do not seem to be doing the things needful to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Alpha, which begins on July 21st (more details coming shortly)
  • And, back on our campus, for our permitting application process with the Town of Danvers, which is back underway again.

You may want to go on a PRAYER WALK- see the lovely Prayer Walking Guide and Prayer Walk Search for Kids that two of our dear saints put together.

And, again, there are more details on our website about all of these things.

Dear friends in Christ, I hope to see you this summer. If for any reason you are not comfortable with Summer on the Green please continue to worship with us online, as the services will remain online.

May Jesus Christ be praised,

Tim+