by the Rev. Ray Hess
As usual, our worship during Lent will stress the more serious side of our faith. Our prayers and music will have a penitential theme. There will be no “alleluias” in our music or prayers until we arrive at Easter.
This Lent, we will start some new things in our worship at both Sunday services. At the 9:00 a.m. service, we will begin to sing simple communion music while we receive communion around the tables in the parish hall. We will use some easy and repetitive Taize songs for this. I hope that this will enhance the experience of receiving communion at this service.
Just before the start of the 10:30 a.m. service, around 10:25 a.m., we will ring the chimes (the ones we use each week at the 9 a.m. service) as a signal to be more quiet and prepare for worship. Then Tess will play a music prelude to help us in this preparation. My hope is that this quiet time will help us be more focused as we begin the 10:30 a.m. service.