Worship with Us This Sunday - 10:15 a.m.
A friend of mine pastors in the Mid-Atlantic. It is a very different place in many ways to Central Oklahoma. We were chatting recently and I noted we would be initiating a different format for our Sunday evening meeting time. He replied, "What is Sunday evening?" In part he jested, in part he expressed a common trait of new churches. Sunday evenings are often reserved for a number of other ministry occasions, if anything at all.
Over the past 14 years we have tried a variety of possibilities in our Sunday evening approach. Early on our Sunday evening service was somewhat similar to our Sunday morning. We then looked to find ways to do intentional small group discipleship. We tweaked that a bit and put together a "Discipleship University" with a variety of "classes." I could go on.
Recently interest has flagged. There are many reasons. One is the faulty idea we can do something today on Sunday evenings that attract a wide audience. Sure there are still many places this works. But, in an ex-rural/pre-suburban setting the demands on time and the cultural tendencies force us to consider this time as a time for those who want/desire another time to gather on Sunday. Admittedly this eagerness comes from those who grew up with that structure.
We determined to create a space for fellowship, worship, testimonies, and prayer. We began this past Sunday evening and had quite an enjoyable group. We sang some hymns, shared some very personal prayer requests and then entertained a conversational time around, "What have you seen God at work doing around you, in your life?"
If you are interested in a more relaxed yet "traditional" (whatever that may mean) Sunday evening then join us at 6:00 p.m.