Beginning Sunday September 30 we will be changing the format of our worship gathering by singing four songs to begin the service and one after the sermon.
For the last couple of years we have had a liturgy (or order of service) that gave us time for responsive worship. Singing in response to the word of God that is preached. We may occasionally order a service in this way but we are looking forward to shifting the service in the months ahead.
Some of the benefits of making a switch for this season of life at Reservoir include having families together for more of the worship time. This will allow younger believers to participate in communion with their families and see worship modeled by adult believers each week. Children’s Ministry teams will also be able to spend more time in worship before teaching classes.
The extended time of singing will give a longer continuous time of worship for adult and the Lord may use it to prepare our hearts for the preaching of the word.
Of course, no matter our schedule, we want to remain obedient to the Spirit and be flexible as the Lord leads. So we hope you look forward to this change and worship with abandon as a congregation!
Also be encouraged to avoid seeing the longer musical set as a buffer for your late arrival to the gathering. There is truly great benefit from being on time and investing time in the family of faith’s corporate worship times!