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Nothing is more central to our life as a congregation than the worship of God. If we did nothing else, we would still gather to sing praises to the God of our salvation. Worship is our core activity. It defines us, comforts us, educates us, challenges us, transforms us, and empowers us. It is the one activity in which every member of our church participates. Worship is indispensable.
Through our worship of God we serve as stewards of the gospel. We ensure that the truth of God’s redeeming love made known to us in Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all generations. That truth continues to change lives, restore hope, build community, and promote justice and peace through the power of faith.
In response to God’s grace, we have committed ourselves to worship that honors and expresses the Godness of God. In worship, God is the audience, the worship leaders are prompters, and the members of the congregation offer praise and thanksgiving to God. We design our worship to be participatory and orderly, and to include a variety of meaningful responses both verbal and sung. Its very structure testifies to the rhythm of the Christian life: gathering to hear God’s Word and dispersing to serve. We welcome children, encourage lay leadership, and make our bulletin visitor friendly. Special services like Worship in the Taizé Style, the Service of Healing and Wholeness, Ash Wednesday Service, Maundy Thursday Tenebrae, and the Kirking of the Tartans add to our life of praise.
Trial SUNDAY MORNING SCHEDULE
at Ladue Chapel
MARCH 1 – MAY 31, 2020
At its December meeting, the Session approved a TRIAL change in our Sunday morning worship and education schedule.
A representative task force spent three months evaluating the suggestions offered in the Holy Cow Questionnaire and the 21 Community Conversations held by the Pastor Nominating Committee. Much thought was given to the concerns of younger families, who find the timing of our current Children’s Church School and Worship services difficult for family schedules.
The new trial schedule will begin on March 1 and will continue until the first Sunday of June (when our single summer service will resume at 10:00 a.m.). This trial change will be evaluated during the summer of 2020.
New Trial Sunday Schedule: March 1 – May 31
• 8:15 a.m. Worship (45 minutes) without Good Shepherd or
• 9:15 a.m. Adult Education
Intergenerational educational experience
ungraded for all children
• 10:30 a.m. Worship Service with choir
Church School (pre-K through 5th grade)
• 4:00-5:30 p.m. Education and Fellowship for Middle School
• 5:00-6:30 p.m. Education and Fellowship for High School
Details and more information will be coming, as plans for this change are finalized.
Sunday Schedule Task Force: Ted Peachee, Ralph Grimm, Anne Duncan, John Spencer, Barry Rudert, Julie Cobaugh, Elisabeth Thompson, Dieter Heinzl, Mel Smith, Courtney Chandler, David Erwin, Susan Andrews