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Exciting changes coming!

Have you ever wanted to serve God by serving communion?

communionGreetings!  This is Julie Douglas, your friendly neighborhood Director of Communications and Worship Team Coordinator here at Rejoice.  Thank you to Pastor Lou for allowing me to guest blog this week.  The reason you’re hearing from me is that I wanted to let you know that we’ve got some exciting changes coming to how we do communion at Rejoice!

It is an honor and privilege to be able to serve communion as a symbol of God’s grace to others in our congregation, and we want to make this opportunity open to all!  Communion servers will no longer be pre-scheduled each week, rather we will move to a more voluntary and organic method of serving communion.  Beginning Sunday, November 6th, six lanyards will hang on the wall across from the elevator doors in the narthex.  We invite anyone who is wanting to take part in the worship service by serving communion – either by holding the chalice of wine, the tray of wine & grape juice, or holding the basket to collect used cups – to take a lanyard.  When the lanyards are all taken, then we know we have enough communion servers for that service.

A few notes:
  • 6 lanyards will be available for each service – 2 trays of wine/grape juice, 2 common cups of wine, 2 baskets for discarded communion cups. After worship, don’t forget to return the lanyard to the wall for the next service!
  • Pastor Lou & the worship leader will continue to serve the bread
  • The back of the lanyard will include instructions on what to say and do as a communion server
  • We welcome children to serve by holding the baskets. As there is one basket for each side, we ask that there are no more than 2 children per service (once students are confirmed, they are welcome to serve the tray or common cup)
  • We will return to two full teams of communion servers for both services. For the past year, we have experimented with one team of servers at the 9AM service, but for ease and consistency we will return to two teams at each service beginning Nov 6th
  • We understand that there will be people who will welcome this opportunity, but others may not be comfortable performing this role. That’s ok!  We don’t want anyone to feel pressured into serving in a capacity in which they’re uncomfortable – there are many different ways to be involved at Rejoice!

Pastor Lou and I are excited about these upcoming changes, and we believe it is a wonderful opportunity to involve more people in, and bring new energy to, our worship services at Rejoice!  Click here if you want to learn more about being a communion server.  If you have any questions or comments, please click here to contact me.

Renewal – Fall 2016

Renewal, New Life, Born Anew/Born from Above, New Covenant, A New Commandment… these are all characteristics of the energy and vibe of Christian faith.  The ideas of renewal, reawakening, re-commitment are all dynamics of a vibrant and evolving faith in Christ!

With topics such as renewing our imaginations, our energy in marriage and family, and our investment in the Kingdom as well as our own community, this fall we will explore the graces, the gifts, and the tasks that are at work in the blessing of renewal.  I hope you will join me on this journey of renewal that will take us to Advent!

What is to give light must endure burning – Lent at Rejoice

Lent is coming… and fast!

Lent is the time for the church to “amp up” its reflective nature.  It’s a time to take our faith to the next level.  This is often done by intentional serving in specific ways. Additionally, we take time for silence and devotions, fasting and prayer.  Ultimately the church wants to engage with Jesus on a deeper level.  Is it possible for us to do this?  Are we really interested in taking this journey??

If we give attention to spiritual disciplines, good things tend to happen!

The in the Old Testament we often hear God say through the prophets: “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.”  Lent affords us the opportunity to “draw near!”

This year we will follow closely the life, message and teaching of Jesus from the gospel of Luke.  Our overall theme comes from one of my favorite writers, Viktor Frankl: “What gives light must endure burning.”  His words give us a profound image to ponder.  Jesus the light of the world flames out on the cross, but in that mysterious and grim tableaux of crucifixion God removes the sin of the world.  Thanks be to God this is not the end… for after Good Friday there is Easte

How might we make the most of Lent this year?

My invitation to you is to take the journey with us and attend every service throughout Lent, as our messages will have a deep and meaningful theme that will span the arc of Lent and take you from the significance of the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday all the way through the resurrection on Easter Sunday.  Come to each service but before you do pray for yourself, the service, the ensemble, our children’s ministry with Janeen and Jessica, me (!!!), and ask God to open your heart to new dimensions of grace.  Make a real spiritual investment in our community.

We want to grow spiritually, we want to grow in our relationships, we want to grow in our stewardship… and here is one way to honor these worthy ambitions.

Let me state it again: make the effort to be here at worship consistently, prayerfully, and expectantly each and every service in Lent.  I believe you, your family and our church will be blessed by this ambition!  Lent is a great opportunity… let’s make the most of it!

God bless you as we journey on the path of faith together!

Pastor Lou

Respond Renew Rejoice Reveal

Service at 10AM – Food & Fellowship to Follow!

You’ve watched the exciting changes to Rejoice unfold throughout the summer.  Now be sure to join us Sunday as we kick off our fall worship season by gathering to celebrate our refreshed & renewed worship space and the MANY people who dedicated their time & talents to the Respond, Renew, Rejoice projects!