Last Sunday, I announced to the Ward congregation the schedule of worship services for the fall, which includes a brand new contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. A description of the four unique worship experiences, their times, and locations appears below. To watch last Sunday’s sermon in which I describe the schedule and the rationale behind it, watch the video above.
Helpful hints for video viewing:
- To skip the sermon part and go right to the announcement of worship schedule and rationale, skip to 14 minutes and 42 seconds.
- To see the laughing baby, skip to 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
Ward Church Worship Service Schedule
Starting September 8, 2013
Liturgical Worship (8:00 in the Chapel) provides an intimate setting with more room for prayer, responsive readings, silence, and communion. This simple service is led by piano and organ, with occasional incorporation of other musical instruments (strings, brass, or woodwinds) and vocal ensembles. The music style is mostly classical and incorporates a soft blend of modern hymn-like choruses. Communion is served weekly.
Traditional worship (11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary) is led by our chancel choir, organ, and orchestra. The music style is a blend of beloved hymns, rich meaningful worship choruses, and works of great classical/sacred composers. Historic creeds, prayers, and liturgies frame an experience designed to connect worshippers with the living God. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.
Contemporary/Convergent worship (9:30 in the Sanctuary) is led by a band (with occasional appearances by vocal groups and orchestra). The eclectic mix of music includes popular mainstream “Top 40” Christian music, classic choruses, and crossover arrangements of hymns blending the old and the new. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.
Post-Contemporary (11:00 in Knox Hall) provides a casual and interactive setting. The music style is post-rock/singer-songwriter/folk/indie, with some hymns and “Top 40” Christian songs with new arrangements. Candles, ancient symbols, and projected images create sacred space to encounter the holy. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.
Which service should I attend?
Every person is unique. You should attend whichever service helps you open yourself most fully to God and ascribe to Him glory and honor.