Members of the Worship Committee – Meets the First Saturday of the Month, 10am
Meets November 4, 10am
Members of the Worship Committee and Pastor Tom welcome your ideas and feedback on our Sunday worship service. Our hope and prayer is to bring together all generations, valuing both our heritage as Lutherans and our hospitality to guests, new Lutherans/Christians, and any who seek a House of Mercy.
Recent Actions and Discussions
- Highlights From October 7 Meeting: Choir has resumed and will provide anthems every other week.
- They will not be seated in the choir area but will come forward at the proper time. Karen Williamson will accompany the choir, allowing Ciro to not have to direct from the piano.
- Pastor Tom has been using alternative liturgies for worship. He wrote the recent Call to Worship to incorporate our current theme, “Charting a New Course.” He is open to congregational members submitting “home grown” liturgies, prayers, etc. to be reviewed for use in worship.
- Discussed plans for Reformation Sunday and All Saints Sunday.
- There is to be an open invitation extended, to attend a planning meeting for the Advent/Christmas Season. Mid-week Advent Services will be scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 7pm, December 6, 13, 20.
- This year, the 4th Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve are the same day. 9:30am worship will move from the Advent theme into Christmas Eve theme during that service. There will also be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 4:30pm.
- Worship Assistants to be trained soon.
- Discussion on involving children and youth in the service more.
- Returning to the passing of the collection plate. Special music will move to the offering time. Passing the plate will allow us to collect prayer requests during the service and lift these prayers at the altar.
Members of the Worship Committee
Amber Coburn, Brenda Down, Kermit Finstad, Kim Gribble, Sue LaMarche, Jill Lauch, Megan Lay, Ciro Magnani, Megan Salsbury, Bill Vaughan, Pastor Tom, Karen Williamson
How I Worship…
Nothing brings me into the realm of worship quicker than music. It reaches deep into my being and causes me to think of God the creator of all things good. The source of strength when I need to know I am not alone; the source of happiness when I am celebrating; and the source of courage when courage is what is needed. Above all else, the source of peace when life is difficult and I am wondering how I will be able to take the next breath. Music of one kind or another seems to run continually in my brain. It might be a familiar hymn or a love song from years past. It might be a song I learned at camp or a children’s ditty I learned as a child and then taught to my children. Or sometimes someone will say something that reminds me of a portion of a song and I find a short phrase of a song popping into my mind and sometimes out of my mouth.
Music is food for my soul and draws me out of “this world” and into a state of awareness of how close my Lord is to me.
Music to me is a gift and a blessing and I am always grateful for this gift.
Stories of How I Worship from Our Members
How I Worship… In my twenty years at Bethesda, I have valued this beautiful sanctuary as a place to worship. Being a Lutheran my entire life, it is truly an honor to worship here. Originally I worshiped at the first service and later switched to the late service....
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