Why are we Worshipping in a Tent?
We believe that as people made in the image of God we were created to worship and we have been encouraged by Scripture not to neglect meeting together for that purpose (Hebrews 10:25).
We also believe that God has placed civil authority over us to protect our health and livelihoods (Romans 13).
While recent legal decisions have declared that we are no longer prohibited from worshiping indoors, the capacity and other health protocols are still too restrictive to warrant changing Grace Sacramento's current in-person worship and online stream from the tent. We anticipate that we may continue to worship in these venues until restrictions allow near full indoor capacity because of the size of our growing congregation. Our leadership continues to monitor the situation and may decide to restart other programs indoors that can be accomplished well within health protocols as this season continues.
An outdoor worship is our best effort to honor God and to obey the health directives of our civil authority forbidding indoor gatherings during this season of global pandemic. We want it to be a safe place to worship and we make every effort to follow masking, social distancing and other health protocols. We are praying that the big white tent on the parking lot would be a sign of peace in our neighborhood and a statement that we are praying for and with our neighbors for the end of this difficult season.
All are welcome to join us for worship in the tent on Sunday mornings at 10:30am but many will choose to join the worship service via live stream on our website. We are excited to have you worship with us in a way that allows you to feel safe, comfortable and responsible for those you love and those who love you.
Tabernacle Worship in a Purple Winter
Now that our large semi-permanent tent and outdoor heaters have been set-up, our winter worship plan is to gather and simultaneously live stream a single, outdoor worship service for everyone to participate in together wherever you are. Find out how to participate or to volunteer for set-up/take-down or as a social distanced greeter. Outdoor Worship starts @10:30am.
Sunday worship is in the parking lot under the tent (we will be practicing safety protocols) on the campus of St. Paul's Lutheran (corner of 59th Street & Broadway). Bring your own lawn chair, blankets, and snacks and worship with us. Children are welcome. We will provide some activities for them to enjoy as they worship with their families.
We will be checking the forecast and/or the air quality index on Saturday afternoons, (we will not gather if AQI is over 150) and will notify you by Saturday at 5pm if we will be cancelling the outdoor service for either of those reasons. If you don't hear anything, we're still on.
Learn more about our optional outdoor toddler care during the 10:30am service here.
Worship Live Stream
We will continue to live stream our outdoor service online simultaneously at 10:30am. Check out our YouTube channel. If you are streaming in a family POD and would like to receive communion from a pastor on Sunday afternoon, please contact us. We would love to serve you.
Visit our Grace Kid's page for weekly printable pages, well as links to other resources to guide you during this quaratine.