Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Words of Praise begins at Central

forgive graphicOn 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.

flowersOur 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.

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