The New Pilot Program
Part 1: Worship Gatherings
We are going to create a few small groups (approx 15-20 people) who will gather in person, with various safety precautions, and worship together. These may take place inside the church, outside on the church campus, or offsite at people’s homes. Our pastors will lead these worship services, but the order or worship will be slightly different from what we’re used to.
And, we’ll be modelling our worship after Acts 2:42: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…
Our time together will be divided into the same four parts:
- A Time of Teaching, as we open the Scriptures together
- A Time of Fellowship, as we share prayer requests together
- A Time of Prayer, as we lift our requests before God
- A Time of Communion, as we serve and are served
Additionally, this might even be something we want to invite our neighbors, friends, and coworkers to, since THEY might be looking for something like this too. (Quite frankly, we may find it’s actually easier to invite people to this if it’s not at the church.)
And then, as we’re able, we can bring these groups back together for larger opportunities of worship, or we can add music back in, or we can spend more time maybe eating together.
(And, throughout this whole time, we will also be keeping our online worship options going.)
There will be more information in this weeks Enews about how to register for one of these gatherings. (And there will be information on our website as well.)
That said, remember, these are only the pilot programs, to prepare us for something new this fall.
Part 2: Learning Through Disciplines
It strikes me that most of our lives have lost a lot of their usual order. And, with the rules constantly changing, with schools still up in the air, and with many other future factors still swirling… it’s no wonder that many of us feel overwhelmed.
But, again, the church has already solved this problem in the past (even if we have moved away from it in recent history). In fact, some Christian disciplines were actually created to help us build a rhythm into our daily lives. (They sometimes were even called a ‘Rule of Life’.)
One of these practices that may be particularly helpful in this season is an older discipline called the ‘daily office’. In Scripture, and still today in monasteries, there are certain times that everyone prays at the same time throughout a day. Furthermore, the same prayer or topic can be prayed.
But, here, we can leverage technology to help us. If you sign up, you will receive a text message at 9:00am, and another at 4:30 pm, and the text will have a prompt for us all to pray together. This may be a short prayer or a long prayer, depending on what you’re doing at that time, but the important part is that we are all praying together.
This would provide greater structure for our lives, this would bind us closer together, and this would help us all go deeper in our faith.
Again, the enews this week will have more information about how to register for this pilot program.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the church office.