Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
July 9, 2008
Greetings to all!
How about something light for your mid-summer reflection, like your choice of a pew at Walnut Hill on Sunday. Maybe there's more to it than meets the eye. Consider the following relative to your own experience.
Most people cannot say exactly why they sit where they do, or why they would not feel right if they worshiped in another pew. But they usually can remember the names of the people who have shared that pew with them, and who first brought them to that spot. One father said that he used to sit across the church, and his son sat in this pew. But his son went to
A minority of people do not take one consistent location. Some will sit in one of two or three choices. If pressed, they will usually recall the faces of those with whom they share those places, and moving is almost like visiting. Others seem to want to "float" to visit with people, and to provide for their own need for "personal space." Even without a place, their space has a sense of others, a relationship to the worshiping community.
The pew and the sanctuary as a whole can be seen as a people-space. Through the mixture of faces and experiences, empty space and physical objects begin to take on a sustained significance in our lives. The act of worship becomes a "folk dance" in slow motion, a graceful gliding of people seeing the familiar and touching the friendly as they enter, take their places, renew their sense of the Lord's loving care, and "depart in peace." As one sensitive pastor said of an old, stiff congregation, "Everyone is in the procession, not just the choir!" It is the choreography of worship, as regular and as beautiful as any dance on stage.
(from Making the Small Church Effective, by Carl S. Dudley)
Preaching in July: Over the next several weeks we welcome guests to our pulpit including
*the Rev. Dr. John Cavendish, Walnut Hill Pastor Emeritus, on July 13.
*the Rev. Dr. David Sharrard,
*the Rev. Dr. Eric C. Mount,
Morning Worship will be held at the regular 11am time over the next three Sundays, with nursery care, children's Sunday School, and after worship fellowship as usual.
Sunday Conversations Bible Study and topic discussions will be dismissed for the next three Sundays (July 13, 20, 27). Watch for the Sunday Conversations to resume on Sunday, August 3, 10am.
Sunday School in session:Throughout the summer weeks Sunday School continues to be available for children at 11am during morning worship. Each Sunday's lesson is self-contained, so if your family is doing a lot of traveling, your children will not feel left out at all even if they miss a few Sundays. We also welcome grandchildren who might be visiting over any given Sunday. It's great to see both familiar and new faces from week to week. Contact Lauren Fouts for more information regarding Sunday School.
Men's Coffee: This is an early notice for the Men's Coffee on Saturday, July 19, 8am, at Paneras on
Hospitality Sign-Up: A new hospitality sign up sheet has been posted in the Sanctuary foyer for the remaining weeks of summer and into the fall. Take a moment to check sign up sheet and volunteer to host or co-host our refreshments for a Sunday upcoming. Thanks to all who provide hospitality from week to week.
Thanks to .Angela Hurley and the choir for their worship leadership last Sunday; Phil Bloomfield for preparing the Communion elements; Bob and Natalie Watt, Phil Bloomfield, Julie Swim, and William Ward for their assistance during worship; Nell Horman and Witty Rea for their assistance with the children during the worship hour; Barbara and Bob Berryman for our after worship refreshments; Martha DeReamer for editing our July/August printed newsletter that will arrive at your home this week.
Look for your next weekly letter on or about July 30.
Peace to all.