I recently read a book titled “Worship Is a Verb”. It is one of those books where the title really tells the message. Worship is not a spectator event, it is an action word, something that we do. I hope that some of the things we are doing this summer introduce the idea that worship takes many forms. It is certainly not limited to music. We have included some of the creeds, and done more unison scripture reading, hopefully it has enhanced our worship. I really enjoy having the kids sing, and it is fun to get them involved in worship. If you would like, you may certainly sing along with the kids. I have also spoken the idea that giving is an act of worship.
In the survey that we did two weeks ago (results posted by the office) 37 people reported that giving was an opportunity to express stewardship and 29 acknowledged that God is the owner of all our resources. We have resumed passing the offering plate this summer to reinforce the idea that giving is an act of worship, acknowledging the value that we place on God.
The decision of how to handle communion was very difficult. It is definitely a time when we participate in worship. Many indicated its importance in worship. Only one person preferred the dipping method while 27 preferred passing the elements through the rows. My decision was to continue passing the elements on the first Sunday of the month, but to use the other method on some Sundays, but not all Sundays. This week we will not have communion.
There is some method in my madness. I have the privilege of being interim pastor for a few months until a permanent pastor can be found. It is my job to make the transition easier. One of the ways that I can prepare the way is to make changes from what Pastor Dave did, to make it easier for the new pastor to make the changes he sees as necessary. Thanks for your cooperation this summer, and please continue to pray for the next pastor and for a search team. Prayer is the backbone of a successful future together.