On Sunday, January 7th, following church, two meetings were held;
one was with the Liturgy Teams, and the second, with the Worship and Music Ministry.
To give you an idea of what we talked about and accomplished in those two meetings, here are some highlights.
The primary purpose of the Liturgy Teams' Meeting was to establish the direction Ed will be taking during Lent.
A series dealing with
"Rehab for the Heart and Soul"
was selected and will start Wednesday, February 14th,
and run through March 18th, the 5th Sunday of Lent.
Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday are not part of the series.
By date, the topic for each series will be as follows.
Ash Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00pm Mortality
Sunday, February 18th, the First Sunday of Lent Wilderness
Sunday, February 25th, the Second Sunday of Lent Intervention
Sunday, March 4th, the Third Sunday of Lent Program
Sunday, March 11th, the Fourth Sunday of Lent Recovery
Sunday, March 18th, the Fifth Sunday of Lent Promise
A booklet of Lenten Devotionals that complement our Lent theme will be made available.
Highlights of a recent Worship & Music Meeting
Communion for 2018 was discussed.
A tentative communion schedule for 2018 has been drafted.
By the time you read this, details, especially during Lent, will have been addressed
and added to the "Liturgy Schedule and Due Dates" document.
During the meeting, we also discussed some of the pros and cons of using a loaf, pita pieces or other "bread form" for communion.
Conclusions were as follows.
For Traditional Communion the Ministry felt that cut up pita or bread pieces work better than passing a loaf.
There are a number of reasons for this.
With our congregation spread out in the sanctuary, a number of individuals end up having to hold the loaf, while at the same time,
trying to break off a piece of bread.
Also using a loaf means a lot of hands touching the bread.
Not such a good idea, especially during cold and flu season.
Use of the loaf is also more time consuming than pita pieces or other forms of broken bread.
For Communion by Intinction the Ministry felt use of loaf works good, and is desirable.
For Communion by Intinction at the side cross
, the Ministry agreed, in this instance, that use of cut up pita is a good fit.
Additional topics covered in the Worship and Music meeting included:
Details regarding Ash Wednesday, Lent, Maundy Thursday and Easter.
Assigning tasks such as sanctuary "adornments", flower orders, etc.
A discussion regarding the church sign.
Dave, who does a great job of changing our sign, shared some of his thoughts and observations.
He encouraged the ministry members to let him know if they have anything they would like him to post on the sign.
Part of the discussion centered on how often the sign should be changed.
Dave shared with the group that he has received a lot of positive feedback from individuals
who look forward to seeing a new message every week, or so. David also mentioned,
and the group agreed,
that if the sign does not get changed fairly frequently, people tend to ignore it.