What does it mean to Worship together? We gather as a community every Sunday in the hope that will we encounter God.
As Lutherans, we are steeped in the historic Liturgy (the order of worship). Liturgy means the works of the people. When people read the lessons, the prayers, when we sing together, we respond or pray in unison. All these things contribute to the Liturgy. As Pastor, I contribute only a small portion of what makes worship.
At our Annual Meeting, there was a motion to look at our worship schedule. To particularly consider if having just one service is a possibility. Historically churches who choose to reduce worship service times tend to lose overall attendance.
We have set-up a task to review and prioritize the many aspects of what such a change to our worship life might entail, which would include changes with Sunday School and the Choir. One of the concerns raised is the lack of volunteers for needed roles within worship such as altar guild set-up, assisting ministers, and ushers. We have many folks who are scheduled quite often and encouraging more participation is a must for us to continue our current worship schedule. The Task Forces first concern is looking at how we can increase volunteerism by making our worship experience more accessible while remaining true to our Lutheran Worship heritage.
In an effort to make sure everyone is informed and involved, we will have as many opportunities to offer instruction and discussion on the essentials of worship. Please keep an eye out for these opportunities. These will include discussions after worship services, Articles in the grapevine, a survey. Please feel free to talk to me directly if you have a concern.
In all our discussion about worship, we must keep our focused our mission here at CLC. “To Know Christ and Make Christ Known.” Keep this focus in your prayers as we discern and work together.
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