Pastor's Message

May 2019

The Great Summer Worship Experiment

As I write this, we are approaching 70 degrees outside. Finally! That means summer is coming, and our summer worship schedule starts on Memorial Day weekend, the 26th of May. We are bringing back the picnic following worship so the morning will consist of worship at 8AM (traditional) and 10AM (outdoor) and followed by a picnic for all at 11AM! Church will provide hot dogs and brats and buns. More details to be announced.

Also, the results are in from the summer worship survey and we’ve had some time to process them and have conversations with staff, council and others. The responses ended up being pretty clear cut, so we are able to boldly try something new this summer! Here is what we are looking to do for our summer worship schedule:

8AM Sunday traditional worship –You know it and you love it, no changes here. This is just great praise and prayer and worship. Gathering in the historic sanctuary every week.

9:15 Sunday outdoor worship – I’m excited to enter my second year of holding worship services outdoors in our great amphitheater. The worship team will lead us in some upbeat singing and praise while we enjoy early summer days in creation. Remember to bring your blanket/towel/sunglasses/hat/chair or whatever you need to make the space work best for you!

And now the new options for this summer:

Family worship will move to Wednesday evening at 6:30 for the summer, beginning May 29. This was clearly requested by 3/4 of the survey responders. Your wish is our command, so we will be giving this a shot for the summer. Some details for you –

1. Wednesday night family worship will still be in the sanctuary.

2. The format will remain the same with the worship teams and the children’s message.

3. The readings and sermon will be from the previous Sunday.

4. Tracey will be offering “Pray and Play”, a chance for children to be dismissed after the Children’s message to do crafts and devotions and have fun!

Simple Worship on Sunday Morning at 10:30. There were a handful of folks that really want a 10:30 worship option on Sunday mornings, so we will have a modest offering of hymns and readings to go along with the sermon at this service. We plan to offer this for the month of June to see if there is enough interest to extend it through the summer. Located in the historic sanctuary.

Worship is a big part of what defines us as a church. Most of our members and guests connect regularly with God and each other in a worship setting, so know that we don’t take any decisions lightly. This is something we are excited to try, and you have told us that you are excited to give it a try as well. We will connect again in August to compile another survey so we can see how the summer went and what we learned to carry us forward. I’m excited, the staff is excited, your council is excited. Just one month and we will officially be launching the Great Summer Worship Experiment!

God’s blessings,

Pastor Luke