posted for Jeff Hinkley and Jim Sanderson, Sunday Services Committee
As everyone has noticed our 11:00 am service is frequently very well attended. This is a good thing but can lead to some difficulties. One of those difficulties concerns the Joys and Sorrows aspect of the service. It can either take up a great deal of time or it can cause individuals to rush through their concern in order to allow others to speak. When services run late it creates problems for our dedicated Sunday school teachers and staff.
Starting in July we are going to try something new. Joys and Sorrows will be expressed through a Pastoral Prayer. Here is how it will work: There will be a “Book of Life” placed on the Joys and Sorrows table before the service. During the pre-service meditative music anyone having a joy or sorrow they wish to share may briefly and quietly write it in the book. Andrew will weave the entries into a Pastoral Prayer which he will offer aloud during the Joys and Concerns section of the service.
We will continue to offer the current form of Joys and Sorrows with individually presented concerns and candle lighting at the 9:30 service.