Well, it's Monday afternoon, so i thought I would do a review of worship from yesterday morning. This particular Sunday was a blur! We had much going on. The four sections I evaluate are the provide the main structure for our service. As I look at the list, it seems strange that Joys/Concerns are there, but I use it because this is part of our growth as a community. If we are to grow together, we must pray together. So, without further delay...
Opening Worship: It was communion Sunday. On Communion Sundays, we put most of our music at the end of the service, as a response to Communion. (pretty novel idea!) We did "Meet with Me" and "All in All". Both are favorites of the congregation. The music sounded good (From the front of the stage) and people seemed to tune in to God's presence. This was the first Sunday of Advent, so a family lit the Advent Candle and we saw a brief video on Hope. 4.0/5.0
Sharing of Joys/Concerns: Lee led the Joys and Concerns time. There were many request. Winter seems to bring more prayer request as the weather changes. We did get a praise report of someone being cancer free! 4.0/5.0
Sermon: The sermon was short today because we were also doing a presentation in the Fellowship Hall on our proposed Building Expansion. But the short sermon was to the point. Earle spoke about responding to Jesus during the Christmas season. One downside was the because of our service structure on Communion Sunday's we moved right into Joys/Concerns following the sermon, which left little time to consider Earle's message and respond in our hearts (This should be corrected by January). 3.7/5.0
Closing Worship/Response: The Music sounded good, but the songs were a little disjointed. Communion seemed seperate from the sharing of the Word. It's hard to put a finger on it, but it could've been done better. 3.0/5.0