On Ash Wednesday we welcomed 119 people into our new Sanctuary for worship for the first time in eleven months! The following day we surveyed all who attended to hear how the worship experience was for them. The good news is that 99% of them felt comfortable in the church with the COVID-19 safety protocol we had in place and 100% of them said they would return for in-person worship again.
One of the questions we asked was, “What is one or two words you would use to describe your Ash Wednesday worship experience?” Here are the words that were shared:
Relief (to be back at church!); Unity
Comforting and Peaceful.
A new experience and it seemed it all went smoothly.
Life-giving. Soul cleansing.
Heartwarming to be able to in person worship. Thank you.
Hopefulness. A cleansing breath.
Very nice. Love the new church.
Just so very happy to be able to sit in the Sanctuary and be with other people to worship!
At First Lutheran, we are a community of disciples of Jesus Christ working for the transformation of the world. Throughout our history, we have remained committed to drawing on our Lutheran (ELCA) tradition of using meaningful worship, content-rich learning and warm hospitality to care well for our congregation, the surrounding community and the world.