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Virtual Worship

Music Sunday Homily by Guy Urban – May 3, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, a student at Wheaton College, where I used to teach, emailed me with some questions. She was writing a senior thesis on the role of music in church, and her advisor, an old colleague of mine, told her I was a church musician and she should contact me. Being totally caught up in preparing the virtual choir for today’s Music Sunday service, I struggled to find the time to think about her questions, but even when I found some time, I discovered that our current quarantine...

Church in the Time of COVID-19

This month, before our plans were changed, we were going to be focused on the theme of abundance and generosity. But now we’re having to give so much up because of this pandemic: our usual routines, the physical presence of co-workers and classmates and teachers, our visits with friends and extended family, and our peace of mind, to name a few. Some of us are so busy trying to work from home and keep our children productively occupied that we may not have had time or space to feel our...

Preparing to Worship Online

This Sunday we will be worshiping together online using Zoom. If you haven’t yet used Zoom, you’ll want to go to, click “Join Meeting,” and download the software. Then you’ll be all set for Sunday morning. There is a link for joining by computer, laptop, or smartphone, as well as a phone number for joining on any telephone, that was sent out through Breeze to all church members and friends - if you did not receive it, please contact Wendy ( or Allison...

Virtual worship connects our congregation beyond the walls of our building on Church Street. We gather together for online worship synchronously, using both live and recorded elements in the service. Links to the service are distributed to members and friends in advance via email.

September 2021