Our sweet worship services a couple weeks back when we experienced the Lord's Table and Baptism on the same Sunday when everything seemed a bit more relaxed and at ease . . .
processing our conversation with the executive staff of Covenant Life Church at the Gospel Coalition Conference a month back. . . .
have together spurred a lengthy conversation among our Ministry Staff and Elders about the structure of Sunday mornings here at Grace and has led to some exciting decisions (which will be featured in this week's all-church email, but which you Life Together readers are privy to a few days early). . . .
- Beginning June 14, when we are scheduled to fall back to 2 worship services for the summer, we will also change the worship start times to 9:00 and 10:45 AM. (This is the way it used to be 4 years ago!).
- We will also lengthen the worship services to from the current 70 to 85 minutes to allow for more "body life" within the worship services. Currently, we squeeze things like communion, child dedications and Mexico send-offs into the current time frame, which forces us to trim both music and the message. A slightly longer worship service will provide a vehicle for these important dimensions of our life together, as well as others that we are not currently including, such as . . .
congregational testimonies & praise
vision casting for things like Serve Day
God @ work at Grace
more regular baptisms
and even more . . .
Currently we feel rushed most of the time and time management is our biggest challenge. Our vision is to relax, enjoy and create space for these vital aspects of our life together. There is so much happening at Grace that is not adequately represented in our worship services. It happens elsewhere outside the worship services. As a result, our worship services can appear and feel more scripted and professionalized than we intend. Our time constraints are stifling our creativity. We want to bring some of this vibrant "body life" into our very worship. We don't want to put on a program, but to facilitate real worship.
Children's Ministry Director, Dori Iunker, will be working with our amazing Sunday School Teachers, to help them creatively fill that time to make it a "win" for both teachers and kids. This is an issue and we're aware of it.
We'll use the summer to give it a go, evaluate along the way, and then decide what the fall will look like. Our leadership is very excited about these changes. We hope you are too, We understand, as with any change, not everyone will like the new direction, but our heart and desire is to lead the Lord's people at Grace toward the Lord God and a Gospel-centered life together.
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