In 2020 we discovered that over 60% of the then existing Sanctuary sound system, did not function; we replaced this and many persons commented that they suddenly could hear. Others commented that when our choir returned (even singing through masks) they sounded so much better, with greater definition of parts than when we had 100 voices!
Last weekend, we were able to mount a second speaker (which was already owned) using wiring for both that was already laying in position in the rafters. Sunday, choir members commented that they had heard the sermon for the first time! They had never before heard the words of prayers or sacraments, let alone understood them!
I am dumb-struck. After Vatican Two, there were Catholic Churches which only then began saying the worship service in English or the common language, rather than Latin which the common worshippers had never understood. Theorizing, I can only imagine that I am too much a Protestant product of the Enlightenment. Words matter. To me, not simply having sacred words said over me, but understanding those words, believing the Word, matters.
What part of the Worship of God do you enjoy or appreciate most?
For many of us it is the music and singing.
For some worshippers, we look forward to Confession and Assurance of Pardon. There was a time in history, when people looked forward to the Sacrament of Communion, so that they could see the body of Christ before their eyes.
Some of us look forward to the Offering, as a time in which we can give of ourselves, we can consider our lives and faith.
Some of us treasure the Doxologies, which name the restoration of balance in God’s Creation.
Some of us hang on the words of Sermons. I knew one Sanctuary that had Coffee Mugs lining the walls, another that had footrests on the base of every pew, so you could sit back and think about what you were hearing. One of the best sermons I ever preached was for the installation of an inner-city pastor. Kids off of the street came into the Sanctuary during the sermon and I invited them to sit on the Chancel. At one point, a young man asked “Do you really believe all that?” And more than ever in my life, I wanted to.
For some of us, the highlight of worship is the Benediction, when we receive a blessing.
As a pastor, I am incredibly moved by Mary’s reply to the Angel, who responds because she is moved by her faith. Gone are the days, when we worship God because it is Sunday morning!
But I hope and pray for a far more meaningful faith where we participate in worship because we want/need to do so!
A Service of Remembrance, Healing, Hope and Prayer, which will be held in the Spiritual Life Center (and recorded for those who wish to view it on-line). Please submit any loved one’s, friend’s, pet’s names and a brief remembrance sentence you would like to be read as we light a candle for one remembered during this service.
A Choice of comforting soup will be provided as a to-go soup for those attending, specially prepared by the Valley Gallery.
If you wish to attend the service, please RSVP.
You may email your information to email@example.com
or call the church office at 520-625-5023.
Come and join us Christmas Eve as we celebrate Christ's birth.
4:00 P.M. for lessons and carols with pastor Diane.
7:00 P.M. for a candlelight communion and the chancel choir with Pastor Craig.
Sunday, January 16th Kettle event will feature a pork tenderloin dinner at 5 pm, then at 6 pm a performance by Hardscrabble Road with Katie Sayre as the female vocalist.
Tickets are $13 and will be on sale January 2nd and 9th.
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