Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Worship is the most important ministry we do as a faith community. There is no one right way to worship God. The goal is to worship and praise God with an open heart that allows God’s Holy Spirit to move within and among us. The order of worship differs greatly among congregations and denomination. As often happens when a new pastor is called, over the last year we have changed the format of our worship bulletins, how they are folded, our communion liturgy responses and many other little things. Three months ago, the Worship & Music committee and I decided to try experimenting with our order of worship. At that time, I asked each of you to reflect on these questions:
What pieces of the worship service are most important to you?
What pieces of the worship service might be important to the people sitting around you?
What pieces of the worship service distract you from fully experiencing God during worship?
What pieces of the worship service are most important to a guest worshiping with us for the first time?
What pieces of the worship service are confusing and distracting for guests worshiping with us?
On Sunday we will have a discussion about this experiment, we will make decisions about the changes and how we want to worship God together.
Blessings on the journey,