October 20 Special Congregational Meeting Information

Dear Friends,

Change is upon us at St. Peter’s. Change is an opportunity for growth. For many, change is difficult. They mourn what was and wish that life could be what it was in the past. The church in our country has changed and is continuing to change. The glory days, of the mainline churches in the 1950’s and 1960’s, were wonderful but long gone. The church will survive, but in new and different ways. We will continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ, but we will need to adapt to the present time. The way we grow in being the church in our present time will be new, different and good.

As we at St. Peter’s UCC seek to move into a new way of being the church. We will need to make some adaptations to Sunday morning worship. We are experimenting with new ways of faithful worship. This is our schedule for the next few weeks:

Sunday, September 29: We will have experienced worshiping with CD music for the first time.

Sunday, October 6:  Worldwide Communion Sunday will be celebrated with piano at 8am and organ/piano at 10am. The Chancel Choir will sing at 10am.

Sunday, October 13: The Joyful Bells will play the anthem at 10am, but our hymn singing will be accompanied by CD music at 8am and 10am.

Sunday, October 20: Worship will have piano music at 8am and organ/piano music at 10am. The Chancel Choir will sing at 10am.

After the 10am Worship on Sunday, October 20:
Special Congregational Meeting on changing worship.

Why this special meeting?

In the past St. Peter’s has been blessed with very talented pianists and organists. Having a pool of people who could play piano and organ allowed us to have accompanists for two services for the last 20 years. The number of people who are currently able to play for worship has gotten smaller. This is putting a strain on our musicians. So, we will need to use recorded music to accompany the hymns at worship.

Why consider having one service at 9am.?

Moving from two services to one service will allow a greater opportunity to have live piano/organ music during worship. Having one worship service at 9am means that the8am people will worship an hour later and the 10am people an hour earlier. This is a what we do during July and August when we are all together for worship. Worship at 8am only would be hard on those who need extra time in the morning before church. Worship at 10am only would make it difficult for our younger families to attend worship as they often have many activities and events to attend on Sunday.

Why don’t we hire another organist?

We are trying, but the number of people who can play the piano or organ well enough to accompany hymn singing during worship has grown very small over the years.

What are our choices and what will that look like on Sunday morning?

One Service at 9am:

  • 8am: Middle School Youth/Confirmands will have class.
  • 9am: Worship for everyone
    • Sunday School Students in elementary school and younger will leave after the Children’s Message to attend class.
  • 10am:  Bible Study and Prayer Group for Adults led by Pastor Stephanie.

 

Two Services at 8am and 10am:

  • 8am: Worship
  • 8:45am: Sunday School and Confirmation
  • 10am: Worship

Ephesians 4:2-6 says, “Be completely humble and gentle’ be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” My prayer is that as we consider new ways to worship at St. Peter’s UCC that no matter what is decided that we will move forward in unity and love abiding in the decision that is made at the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 20 at 11am.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Stephanie DeLong

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