FALL WORSHIP *Important*Something old, something new, something borrowed...
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.Worship the LORD with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations
- PSALM 100
Our fall worship times (8AM, 10AM, 11AM) began on August 19th, but our worship liturgy (the stuff we do together for worship) will take on its fall form on Sunday September 9th.
The 8AM Service
A Familiar Worship Setting:
We will go back to using the traditional Holy Communion Setting One from the Lutheran Book of Worship (It is also in included in the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymnal) on September 9th. It will be printed out in the bulletin in its entirety for ease of use.
We have begun collecting hymns that folks would like to be sung - and giving away some old green LBW hymnals given to us from another church for folks to look up their favorite hymns at their convenience and add them to the list.
The Narrative Lectionary:
Our readings previously came from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) and included up to three readings on a Sunday. Beginning September 9th we will begin using the Narrative Lectionary which uses a single reading each Sunday.
"The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. Texts were selected that lead well to the proclamation of what God is doing. The stories tell of hope and disappointment, suffering and redemption. In all these varied contexts, we find God dealing with the complexities of human life. Stories from the gospels differ each year, avoiding repetition and highlighting what is distinctive about each gospel’s telling of the story of Jesus.
The Church Year helped to shape the flow of the narrative lectionary. Old Testament readings move through the story of God’s dealings with Israel and culminate in Advent with the prophets who speak of longing and hope. Readings from the gospels fit the movement from Christmas and Epiphany to the Transfiguration, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter. Selections from the book of Acts and Paul’s letters trace the outward movement of the resurrection message, culminating on Pentecost with readings focusing on the Spirit."
You can find out more about the Narrative Lectionary at http://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_faq.aspxTHE 10AM "WORSHIP TOGETHER" SERVICE
SOMETHING NEWWell, pretty much everything is new here...
It is for families, youth, singles, adults, grandparents, well, everybody. It is not, however, like the worship that most people have grown up with and we do not apologize for that. We have worked with the experts at Faith Inkubators (http://www.faithink.com) to design a new service that is a blend of Communion Worship (highly interactive, creative and participatory), Family Faith Formation (equipping families for building up and passing on the faith), and Sundays school (teaching the core stories of the Bible, the Lord's Prayer, and so on). This service uses both large group and small group formats, lots of singing, sharing, prayer, drama, art, opening up the Bible, American Sign Languge and more! It also takes full advantage of the video and sound system in Charter Hall.
Is anything more important than passing on the faith to our children and our children's children? This service has been developed with that goal at its very heart. The children never just sit there and parents get to show their children how important it is to worship and connect the biblical stories of faith to their life. Perhaps most important of all we equip and model the Faith Five (http://www.faithink.com/Inkubators/f5.asp) way of families spending five minutes a day to share their highs and lows, read scripture, connect the scripture with their highs and lows from the week, pray for one another and offer a blessing for one another.
THE 11AM SERVICE
On all Sundays except Healing Sundays and some special high-attendance Festival Sundays (Christmas Eve and Easter, for example), we will be returning to communing at the front altar rail (not the side rails). Those for whom the steps may be problematic may opt to be communed at their pews by just alerting an usher.SOMETHING BORROWED
The Lord Have Mercy Liturgy
The Lord Have Mercy Liturgy (http://www.lordhavemercyliturgy.com/) was written by two ELCA pastors and provides an accessible, playable, singable, flexible liturgy that is simultaneously traditional, yet has a folksy contemporary feel to it. The Trinity Worship choir led by Jacob Smitter, our organist, Barbara Gilson, and our worship instrumentalists will all help lead us in this beautiful service.
SOMETHING(S) NEWThe service time
What we called the “10:45AM Service” (and long ago was the “10:30AM Service”) will continue at its summer time of 11AM. Changes in the liturgy have shortened the service so it should continue to end at the same time as it did when it began at 10:45AM.
Use of the Narrative Lectionary
As a reminder:Confirmation with Mrs. LaCroix (6th-8th grade) re-commences on September 9th at 9AM and our High School and Young Adult Class (HS+ Class) is ongoing in the Youth area of Charter Hall also at 9AM.
Because of worship service commitments Pastor Keith will be unable to lead Bible Study Sunday mornings – but we are looking at some options.For now there are three opportunities already in place:
(1) Tuesday morning 8:30AM with Earline LaCroix beginning September 11th
(2) Wednesday evening 6PM Prayer and Praise with Earline LaCroix
(3) Second Tuesday of the Month Ladies Bible Study at 7:30PM beginning September 11th
(4) First Fridays 7PM Bible Study with Pastor Keith at Crispers (the corner of University and Stirling Road) beginning Friday September 7th.