3 of a kind beats a full house
OK, maybe 3 of a kind doesn't beat a full house in poker, but I am writing about church and not a card game. Lately King of Peace has had a pretty full house for Sunday morning worship. With more than 175 people in our 205-seat sanctuary it is difficult for folks who arrive late to sit together. That could soon make it impossible for us to welcome yet more newcomers who might could get connected to God through King of Peace.
So rather than continuing to have a full house each Sunday, beginning in Lent, we will offer three worship services each weekend. All three services will be communion services with the same liturgy, but there will be other differences, particularly in music. They will be:
Saturday 6 p.m.
This communion service will have Carol playing the keyboard with hymns from several hymnals. No nursery will initially be provided, though it might be added if there is a need. Drop by before heading out for the night, or make this your regular worship service. This service will begin February 24.
Sunday 8 a.m.
This will be the no music, shorter (about 45 minutes) service typically found as an early service in Episcopal Churches. If you have a busy weekend, but don't want to push worship completely out of your plans, this could be your option. This service will begin February 25.
Sunday 10 a.m.
This will continue to be the same worship service as before with guitars, dulcimer and drum for music using a blend of hymns and more contemporary praise music. This is the service to offer both a children's church and a nursery. This service is ongoing.
Each of these services will develop its own particular groove and its own sense of community. We will continue regular church-wide events to keep us all connected, even as we make room for others to experience God through worship with us.
The new schedule is a trial one as we let you vote with your feet (well your bottoms actually) as you decide which service to sit in on.
We will keep a watch on interest in services to see which is most supported. If all three are equally supported, we will keep all three, but if a service does not find a congregation in the trial period, we will discontinue it. But for now, we will see if three of a kind helps lessen the full house as we move toward Easter.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor