08 Aug Changes at Hope
Have you heard this, “Change is inevitable; Growth is optional”? I think it’s a helpful reminder to us in the midst of dynamic lives that are often in flux.
We certainly have to respond to change in the church. Cherished members depart to be with the Lord and leave a longing in our hearts. Dedicated servants move on to other residences, and leave us scrambling to fill the gaps. Health situations present new challenges, and leave us trying to adjust and accommodate the realities.
To this, we add other changes at Hope that are currently in progress. Please do you best to receive these with a positive and generous attitude as we strive to be faithful in worship and witness. These three are among the most noticeable right now.
1. The elders decided to consolidate the Sunday worship roles of Lay Assistant and Lay Reader. The same person will serve the congregation in offering the Introit and the Prayer and the Scripture Readings. I will handle the announcements prior to the service. If you would like to be on the schedule for these readings, please contact Carolyn in the church office or talk to me.
2. A new chancel table will be in place for Holy Communion. It will be moved to the center each service in order to hold the consecrated bread and wine. This will allow easier access to the elements for the communion assistants. All else will remain the same in distribution process.
3. Two video display monitors will be mounted on the arches at the front. A new desk is in place, next to the organ, that will be the computer control area. A monitor will be mounted at the back for worship leader use. We will also have a video camera that will enable remote projection, such as in the parish hall, when needed. I believe this is an overdue development in order to stay technologically relevant in this generation, to enlarge our capacity to preach and teach the whole counsel of God, and to meet the needs of people who are visually oriented in worship and learning.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change life shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)