New Worship Times

Dear Lord of Life Members and Friends,

Last year, through the thoughtful planning and hard work of leadership and staff at Lord of Life, a worship and faith formation schedule was crafted to respond to the COVID pandemic. It met the needs of the time well, and well-deserved thanks is to be given to staff and members who implemented the procedures and routines that were necessary. If you remember, once vaccinations were prevalent, we were able to curtail the procedures and restrictions that were put in place.  This also occasioned discussion on our current worship and faith formation schedule going forward.

There was an initial discussion of returning to the pre-COVID schedule with three worship services and an overlapping faith formation (Sunday School) hour. However, a variety of concerns were brought forth (lack of adequate Adult Faith Formation opportunities, limited time for musical preparations, staff being spread very thin or being unavailable, and others) that led to general agreement that this arrangement did not best facilitate our mission and vision.

With this in mind, discussions were undertaken between staff, key leadership, and finally a wider group of folks who were representative of the worshipping community at Lord of Life. Thank you to all who contributed to this timely discussion.

What came out of those discussions, was the following schedule for the “Sunday Morning Experience” (which consists of worship, faith formation, and fellowship):

 8:30 am Liturgical Worship: Lutheran liturgy and music including organ and our musicians, similar to our existing 8am worship. Includes prayer, hymns, scripture, sermon, and Holy Communion

 9:45 Faith formation: A time for education for all ages, with expanded adult offerings. Fellowship will also be available in the Welcome Center during this time. Watch our weekly Happenings email for more information on upcoming adult classes.

11:00 am Informal Worship: If you enjoyed the former 9:45 style of worship, come at 11! Informal Lutheran worship with format and musical offerings similar to our former 9:45am worship. Includes prayer, hymns, scripture, sermon, and Holy Communion.

All services will continue to be streamed online for those who wish to participate virtually.

We will begin this new Sunday Schedule on August 15, with a new year of Faith Formation for all ages.

We are aware that this may not be the final schedule on Sundays and are implementing this new way of gathering as  we come through this pandemic.

When we begin on August 15th, we look forward to your presence, welcome your feedback, and appreciate your prayers as we go forward toward our vision “that all have life through the love of Christ.”
 

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