Back Together Again
After 70 weeks—490 days—Saints Martha & Mary Church is finally able to gather back in-person, inside the sanctuary. Please join us Sunday at 9:30 AM.
Rev. Molly will celebrate her first service of Holy Eucharist with us. We have enacted numerous safety protocols in a plan to help keep you safe. That plan will evolve as conditions do, but with a Dakota County positivity rate of only 1.2% for COVID-19 and just 1.7 cases per 100,000 people, the time is right to reopen.
In general, key elements of our plan include:
♦ Love your neighbor and wear your mask, for now. Because we welcome everyone (and we do not know everyone’s vaccination status), our church guidance is to continue wearing masks for indoor services.
♦ You will see seat separation and we ask that if someone is in the row in front of you on the right hand side of the row, you sit in the next row on the left hand side to maximize that physical distance.
♦ There will be Communion, but no common cup. There will be music, but recorded for now with singing and choir expected to resume in September.
♦ Contact tracing requirements continue to apply, which means for your safety we need to know how to reach you should we learn of an exposure.
This Independence Day we would like everyone who feels safe to do so to gather in thanks and gratitude for our mutual inter-dependence on each other and for the good and gracious God we serve. O Come let us worship—together.
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others."
- Philippians 2:4
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and peace.
Give to the people of your country a zeal for justice and the strength of forberance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, for ever and ever. Amen.
At Saints Martha & Mary we have a team approach. Each week you get to hear from a different voice. We believe different perspectives help our congregation see the many ways Christ's word and works are alive in the world. Remember, that you, too, can make a difference for others:
Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
If you would like us to pray for you or with you, please make a prayer request on the form to the right of this article. If you would like more information about our safety protocols or what we stand for, simply email the webmaster.
What We Stand For
The four pillars of Episcopal belief are Scripture, Reason, Tradition & Experience. We believe we are called to love everyone, with no exceptions. Our's is an ancient faith, but a modern one too.
Each week we have readings from the Bible and we listen for the inspired Word of God. Sermons (homilies) are based on the weekly scripture readings, but because the Good Book was written by humans we draw on knowledge and reason to interpret the Bible’s meaning—and not literal interpretation of every word.
A message from Pastor Tom