MEETING AN UNPRECEDENTED MOMENT

“As the world has grappled with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ELCA has sought new ways to meet this unique cultural moment, engaging members in worship and faith formation through innovative means.

For a number of ELCA congregations, that’s meant launching or reviving drive-in services. Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Mich., … began presenting both Saturday evening and Sunday broadcasts—as well as two livestreamed services—“as a way of meeting, but respecting the bonds of social distancing,” said Jim Debner, a pastor of Zion.

“It’s very important to some of our senior members who have mobility problems. I have a new appreciation for the service for that reason; it allows people to build community when they might’ve been isolated in their home before.”

Living Lutheran, April 9, 2020