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Why One Service?

posted Mar 12, 2009, 10:47 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 12, 2009, 2:17 PM ]
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Many of our Gethsemane friends have been curious as to why we are going to one service so 'early' this year.  We usually begin a one service format at Memorial Day, when many of our members go to 'the Lake'.  This year we are moving to one service in March instead of May.  Why is that?  Well, there are several reasons.

First, the end of May and all of April this year will be a time of remarkable gatherings here at Gethsemane!  Consider all these dates that are scheduled to only have one service:

        March 29  -  Consecration Sunday  -  1 service
        April 5       -  Palm Sunday + 1st Communion - 1 service
        April 19     -   70th Anniversary of Gethsemane!  1 service
        April 26th  -  "Paul Krause Sunday"  70th Anniversary of Paul Krause's Ordination!  1 service
        May 10     -   Mothers Day  1 service

The bottom line was that the leadership, after looking at the schedule, decided to simply begin having one service on March 15th (except for Easter, of course) in order to simplify things and not have everyone trying to remember from one week to the next whether we were having one service or two. 

There is another reason, too.  As we are working through these difficult financial times, the lower costs of having a single worship service will be helpful as well.

It will be natural to ask "What style of worship are we going to have on any given Sunday?"   Well, there won't be a set pattern, necessarily, which will give us the flexibility to plan worship for any given Sunday.  However, we will routinely have two contemporary and two traditional worship services each month.  We support the entire community as we come to worship each Sunday, regardless of the style of worship that happens that day.  We claim here at Gethsemane that we are disciples of Jesus who  'Love God,  LOVE ONE ANOTHER, and Serve the world''!   Well, this is where it all begins!  No matter which style you prefer, we come on Sunday mornings out of love for God and for one another. 

Worship is not about 'me'.  It's about God.  Worship is a time we come to receive the blessings of God... the blessings of Word and Sacrament.  We give God thanks and praise for all that we have and all that we are.  We give so that our neighbor may be blessed with what we have:  the gift of enough.

Now, there will be surprises in all this!  We will have guest musicians and speakers from week to week.  We will sings hymns and songs that you know and love, leaving the time to learn new songs for another time.  We will have wonderful fellowship with good coffee and cookies with no calories (honest!) afterward.  You'll see people you haven't seen in a long time... and you'll meet lots of new friends.  It will be a time of shalom; rest, comfort and peace.

Yes.  We WILL go back to two services.  We will probably go to three before you know it!  I'd love to have a mid-week Holden Evening Prayer service led with soft guitar and flute  just at sundown on thursday nights this summer.  (Would you come?)  There is MUCH yet to happen in worship.  Will you help? 

Thanks for wading through all this... I hope it has helped.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
Be Well,
Pastor Rick