SOMERVILLE, NJ. – United Reformed Church, The Church on Main Street has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order 107 by publishing online videos to provide hope and courage during the pandemic.
Rev. Paul G Janssen, pastor has adapted the Sunday morning worship service format to a more conversational style. The videos have, however, retained some of the familiar components, including musical segments performed by URC’s Director of Music, Justine Langman, and the chancel choir section leaders from Westminster Choir College and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
This is the first time that the church has gone fully online. In addition to providing Sunday worship services, which can be viewed on their website at www.urcsomerville.org, the church is also publishing videos daily during Holy Week, and will also publish special programs for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
The church’s Facebook page: facebook/unitedsomerville, will also provide links to all videos; subscribers to the United Reformed Church of Somerville YouTube channel will be automatically notified, if they choose to be.
Janssen writes, “This is a major venture for us in this shadowy time. We want to continue to provide rays of light and hope to all who visit us virtually. We have already seen the church’s outreach expand significantly, well beyond the borders of New Jersey and even the United States. As the sign in front of our church building says, ‘Let love abound!’ We’re doing just that – but love has to find a different way for the time being.”
United Reformed Church is part of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), which includes over one thousand congregations worldwide. The unbroken 321-year history of the congregation's ministry began with the organization of the Reformed Dutch Church of Raritan. United Reformed Church declares that it will accept and welcome, without condemnation, all people of God into its fellowship regardless of race, gender, national origin, disabilities, health issues, sexual orientation or immigration status.