On Saturday, August 12, Central Presbyterian Church started its alternative worship service, "Words of Praise." The gathering will continue every Saturday at 6:00 PM.
The theme for the first several weeks will be forgiveness.
At the first gathering, there was a discussion of worship in which each participant will be responsible for bringing a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a memory, a personal testimony, or some other way of enhancing the group's understanding of our theme.
Our worship space for the first gathering was a simple circle of chairs in the fellowship hall. A bouquet of flowers borrowed from the next day's service was on a small table off to the side. A CD player provided some gathering music as the seven participants arrived.
We spent some time reading and reflecting on the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:23-35). Participants shared memories of forgiveness with one another and discussed ways in which we can show forgiveness. We closed with a time of silent prayer, and had some refreshments together.
I am looking forward to the next gathering.