Classrooms and labs, loud boiling test tubes, sing to the Lord a new song! Athlete and band, loud cheering people, sing to the Lord a new song! He has done marvelous things. I, too, will praise him with a new song!

It’s hard to sing “Earth and all stars” without smiling!  It’s one of the only times we sing about classrooms, labs and loud boiling test tubes in church. I love the quirky lyrics, but I especially appreciate the refrain:  “He has done marvelous things. I, too, will praise him with a new song!”

As we anticipate the beginning of another program year, with the return of our choir, adult formation and Church School, we have much to be thankful for. Our parish family continues to grow in size and vibrancy. We have a small group of middle school-aged children that will begin to meet as a youth group. We have a growing Church School program and nursery. Our Spiritual Center continues to serve as a resource for community groups and workshops, including a regional gathering of The Order of St. Francis, a diocesan workshop titled “Wholehearted Worship” and a weekend retreat on anti-racism later this fall. These are marvelous things and worth praising God for!

We also have new songs to sing. Perhaps the most prominent:  a change in the time that we worship. The results of our poll are in, and 94% of those who responded were in favor of changing our worship service from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The vestry discussed this change during the August meeting. We have decided to move forward with a new Sunday morning worship and formation schedule beginning on Sunday, October 6th.

From that point on, the new Sunday morning schedule will be:

8:15 a.m. Rite I

9:30 a.m. Adult Formation, Youth Group, Church School and Nursery Care

10:00 a.m. Choir practice

10:30 a.m. Rite II w/ music

This new schedule will allow our parish to share in Christian formation together at the same time. Everyone who wants to meet for Christian study and reflection will be given the opportunity between 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m. Choir members will be able to participate for the first thirty minutes. This is a significant change and a “new song” in the life of our parish, but one that I believe will strengthen our Christian journey and allow for deeper formation as a community.

As we praise God and join together in a new song, I look forward to all the marvelous ways that we will continue to grow and flourish as God’s people!