So, we’ve been off this week. I’ve spent most of the week at a coffee shop here on the Square, reading and thinking (see the new “What I’m reading” page to your right).
This has also been a week for building and stretching relationships. I’ve mentioned some of the efforts that our congo has been making to reach out to other Churches of Christ in town. Things continue to progress as we get to know others better. I am continually amazed at the good things that people do and say, the sacrifices that they make, really, in pursuit of God’s imperative for unity among the followers of his son.
We’ve made some adjustments in worship at our congo as well. We started some weeks ago with a responsive reading of a psalm (or a portion of a psalm). This has been well-received, in general. The goal is to introduce more scripture into the service. To that end, we have based each service, apart from the sermon, on the Lectionary (Year B) in the Book of Common Prayer. This is going well in that it gives Scripture a much more prominent role in our worship. The real problem has been finding hymns that complement the lesson texts. We use Songs of the Church, which is probably the worst hymnal published among Churches of Christ. Name almost any topic and you will have a hard time finding hymns in SOTC that support that topic.
Anyway, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts/objections to this course of action.