If you missed it last Sunday, we made a big announcement regarding Sundays at Good Shepherd. Below is a summary of the deciding factors and our new Sunday Vision.
We are seeking the best way forward to fulfill the Vision God has given us at Good Shepherd. Here are the values that are serving as the grid for our decision:
No member of the body will be considered dispensable in this decision nor will we decide based on majority rules.
Everyone must sacrifice.
We will all participate in giving up for the good of the whole.
The future is paramount.
There is always a temptation to make a decision based on the past – nostalgia, or the present – comfortable, but this decision must be future-oriented. Our call to generational faithfulness means we will favor the future.
Change must occur.
What we learned in January is that we need the energy of more people together in worship. What we also learned is that we are too big for one service if we plan on growth. In addition, we learned that we need a traditional offering and a contemporary offering that allows the distinctives of these two to thrive: we cannot make a long-term plan on “blended” worship.
After prayerfully considering the Vision and these godly values, there were a limited number of possibilities to pursue. From these, a consensus among our leaders has arisen around the following service schedule for Good Shepherd on Sunday mornings beginning March 29, Palm Sunday.
Our Sunday Vision
Traditional worship, organ and choir, bulletin-and-books service, acolytes, alternating between Rite 1 and Rite 2, a full sermon and worship experience.
Contemporary worship, praise team, projected service on the screen, nursery, a full sermon and worship experience.