St. Patrick’s open again for worship

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    Robert Neel

    By Sarah Riehm
    St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church 

    St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church has once again reopened for in-person worship, with services at 8 and 10 a.m. every Sunday morning. Capacity is limited to 30 and COVID safety protocols are in place. 

    Despite these challenges, St. Patrick’s is a warm, welcoming congregation. The worship space itself is breathtaking, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over our beautiful San Juan Mountains. Visitors are always welcome. 

    Because of capacity restrictions, please call the office if you would like to reserve a spot at 731-5801. The church is located in the west end of town, at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. 

    Both services offer communion and all are welcome at the table. The first service is a more quiet, contemplative experience. The second service features music by soloist Robert Neel, and organ, piano and harp by Music Director Sarah Riehm. 

    “I have accompanied literally thousands of gifted soloists during my work in churches and musical theater across the country,” said Riehm. “Robert ranks up there with the very best. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with him every week.” 

    On Sunday, March 14, the church will celebrate the life and legacy of St. Patrick. Jim Dorian will greet people at the front door starting at 9:45 a.m. with traditional Irish bagpipe music. Robert Neel will sing the stunning Irish Blessing song “Deep Peace.” Riehm will also perform traditional Irish harp music, including “St. Patrick’s Breastplate.” Rector Lyn Burns will continue her Lenten sermons exploring our Christian identity in response to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” 

    If you are not ready for in-person worship yet, you can watch our 10 a.m. service on livestream at the church’s website, www.stpatrickspagosa.org. Or, watch any service at any time via the church’s YouTube channel; links are also available on the church website. If you have any questions about worship, educational or volunteer opportunities at St. Patrick’s, please email stpatricksofficepagosa@gmail.com. Stay tuned for news on our Earth Day celebration in April.