Sunday, May 16, 2010

New beginnings are in sight

Day 169

I am thankful for my church.  We have been building and many plans have been shaping behind the scenes.  Today our Pastor talked about what worship services would likely look like in the near future.  We have a chapel the size of a traditional church.  It will house our organ and is designed for instrumental and vocal, live, sound.  The focus of worship will be traditional, liturgical Lutheran worship.  I am unbelievably excited to see how this unfolds for us.  I bought "Heaven on Earth: The Gifts of Christ in Divine Service" by Arthur A. Just last week for my Kindle without knowing what the future held.  Now that I have a glimpse I am excited about reading this book.  

Our larger worship space, the Sanctuary, is designed for electronic sound.  We will be uniting and blending our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services into one.  I'm interested to see how this service unfolds for us also.

The most exciting part of what we heard this morning was that we will be bringing children back into worship.  Sunday School will be revamped and no longer separate from the Worship Service.  Children will worship with their families for about half the service and then proceed to the children's center for follow up and thematic activities.  

I do feel an unsettled anxiety over all this but I have watched God's hand in this congregation for a lot of years.  The underlying "feel" is right and good.  I hope we continue to walk His path.

Using "singing sticks" on the handbells.  Very cool.
The piece, How Can I Keep From Singing, was 
arranged by A. Sherman. 

Sunday morning Santolinas:

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