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Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Loving Listening Session About Worship Today at 4PM in the Sanctuary

The introduction of a traditional service at 9AM and a praise service at 11AM every Sunday has a number of people unhappy for various reasons. Some have said last Sunday’s service had too much praise singing and standing. Some have said they prefer the schedule the way it was. Some believe a praise service should be during the earlier worship hour and not at 11AM. Therefore, let’s come together today at 4PM in the sanctuary to talk and listen and share and pray about our worship offerings at Redwine UMC. Whether you prefer praise worship or traditional at 9 or 11AM, I hope you’ll come. I know that together, in a spirit of genuine Christ-like love, we will help each other on this important aspect of our church life.

Some have asked, “Why and how did this change come about?” I want to take a moment and speak to that.

There are two main reasons why change from a praise service that is highlighted by Crosswinds music two Sundays a month to every Sunday at 11AM.

First, and most importantly, to reach the lost for Jesus Christ. Church health and growth experts say that persons today who don’t know Jesus Christ or the love of God and church (including the emerging generation) are more comfortable with a praise style of worship. This is the number one reason to move from two Sundays at 11AM to every Sunday at 11AM. To reach the lost for Christ.

Secondly, church attendance numbers also show that the 11AM service is still the most attended worship hour. Unchurched persons who “try out” church are more likely to step through the doors at 11AM. Ultimately, the move to praise every Sunday at 11AM instead of two Sundays a month is about …..others.

As to how the move came about, this was the process. The worship music team and I, who meet and talk often about worship music, prayerfully and passionately sought the guidance of God and spiritually felt compelled by God to offer this now. We met several times in the spring to talk and plan. Months ago, we looked toward June 1 as a starting time. A few months ago, I met with some of our ministry team leaders to talk about this (and other) ministry initiatives the Holy Spirit is leading us toward. Receiving support to reach out for the lost through praise worship every Sunday at 11AM, the music team and I continued to pray and plan and now provide.

Many of you are happy and excited about this worship arrangement. Many of you are not. So, let’s come together and love and talk and listen and share and pray. Let’s pray earnestly for God’s presence and that we will all seek His guidance on our worship offerings.

God bless you. I love you. Your Pastor and Friend, Mark

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