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Billings Pastor shares his church's reopening protocols

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Posted at 8:17 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 16:11:31-04

This is the second weekend that churches have been able to hold in-person services.

Christ the King Lutheran Church in Billings reopened last week.

On Sunday, church members prepared for their second live service, during phase one of reopening.

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Part of the that involved wiping down instruments and music stands after practicing.

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"It seemed that was fairly easy for us to do to be ultra-clean and have social distancing and still keep people safe," said Pastor Ryan Wendt.

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Wendt checked the cameras for the live stream and talked about his congregation returning last Sunday.

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"Just filled with joy," Wendt said. "Having missed Holy Week and Easter, big part of the church year. And then being able to be back together after a time of being separated was very important."

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Some sat in the sanctuary and some sat in the basement and watched on a video screen.

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Wendt said those attending the service entered in one door near the back of the sanctuary and exited at the front door.

"We have to do things differently with communion," Wendt said. "Individuals come up in family groups. I am wearing a mask and sanitizing my hands, the communion rail and the hand rails. Then when that group finishes communion, they exit the building."

Wendt talked about the message of his sermon.

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"The most dangerous thing that Christians face and it's not a virus, it's not even physical death," He said. "The most dangerous thing we face in this life is actually false teaching, that which leads us away from the one who saves us and the one who promises eternal life.

He said there have been positives through the closures.

"Being away gives people a chance to refocus and see how important this is, to think again about what is important in this life and the life to come," Wendt said.

Wendt said other service protocols include no hand shakes, no personal greetings and no passing of the offering plate.