A New Format for Sunday Services

Staff member's home officeMemorial Church staff members are working from home during the COVID-19 shutdown at Harvard. (Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications).

You might notice a change in the sound of Sunday Services. Missing is the distinct acoustics of the Memorial Church sanctuary, the voices of choir members and the power of the Charles B. Fisk & Peter J. Gomes Memorial Organ. But what remains is the heart and tradition of worship at the Memorial Church. 

Beginning March 29, services will be pre-recorded by MemChurch clergy and musicians from their homes, due to the stay at home order declared by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, as well as new guidance by the University. Services will still be broadcast at 11 am on WHRB Radio 95.3 FM and posted on our SoundCloud account. The safety of our community, which includes our staff, remains our first commitment.

Professor Stephanie Paulsell is recording her sermon from the office of her Cambridge home. Edward Jones is playing hymns on the piano located in the living room of his Cambridge home. The Rev. Cornell William Brooks, of HKS and HDS, is recording a reading of scripture. The Rev. Alanna C. Sullivan is opening worship from her home in Jamaica Plain, and you might even hear her toddler, Henry, in the background. Rev. Westley Conn is holding us in prayer from his home in Somerville. And all these pieces are being stitched together by Interim Communication Lead Jeffrey Blackwell, from his home in Hingham.

Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Although we may be far flung in our gathering, our worship still remains communal and sacred.

We pray that you and yours remain healthy and resilient during this time.


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