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Message From Pastor Luke

posted Jul 23, 2018, 9:23 AM by Tracey Morris

You know the old joke about pastors, the one where folks give us a hard time saying we only really work Sundays? I think that same misunderstanding could be applied to all of us working at church. Because summer worship numbers are smaller and Sunday School and Confirmation ministries take a much needed break, things seem a little quieter. But I’ll let you in on a secret – as soon as school is out, we are already working on Rally Sunday and beyond. Pastor Leon is planning fall spiritual growth opportunities, Tracey is getting ready for confirmation in the midst of leading youth retreats and camps, Stacey is working on the next year of choir and worship planning, and I’m gearing up for a sermon series and marriage course and getting the lay of the land here at St. Paul’s.

There is something that we have all been working on, and that is the opportunity for growth we see in worship. We’ve been chatting about it since I got here and lots of great ideas have flown around. We took our thoughts to church council in July to loop them in and now it is time to share them with you!

So, here is just a bit of what we’ve been working on in the office in regards to worship: (all changes start in September)

10:45 worship will be moving to 10:30.

This new timing has been discussed with those attending the service in the summer and we haven’t heard any issues with a time change. Everyone I’ve discussed it with likes the idea, especially as it relates to getting home in time for the Vikings game.

The new 10:30 worship will become our “Family Worship”. This is great for the following reasons:

We currently have an early traditional service, a blended service that is overflowing, and really need a service geared toward families of all ages and accessible to visitors and guests.

We have room to grow at 10:30 with our Sunday School numbers and a family service goes hand in hand with that opportunity.

We will start with children in worship for the first 10-15 minutes and then have a children’s message each Sunday, after which the children will head off to Sunday School.

We will be bringing in some more contemporary music, especially in the early part of the service, to engage our younger worshippers.

The liturgy will be updated to connect with all ages and to be accessible for people of all church backgrounds.

We will have communion across all services on the 1st and 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month.

Many of you won’t notice since you are used to your worship and communion schedule, but in terms of worship and sermon preparation, this will really help us stay organized and avoid confusion.

This might sound like lots of change, but many of you won’t experience anything new. If you worship at 8, this doesn’t affect you at all, and 9:15 worshippers will simply commune on different Sundays. This is really a push to make the most of our worship opportunity at 10:30 starting in September. Our hope and prayer is that God will make that service a great chance for families and folks of all ages to experience God together in community.