Dear Friends,

There are lots of Anglican jokes about the Anglican’s fear of change and resistance to change. A friend of mine used to joke that Anglicans were terrified of the text, Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we will be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable and we shall all be changed. (1 Corinthians 15: 51-52) To Anglicans, he said, sudden irresistible change brought dread, not longing. I know that most people who call Messiah their church home are not “Anglicans”, so I am not sure how rumours of change will affect you. But I want you to know we might be making some Sunday morning changes. I would love your prayers and I would love your best wisdom.

How we “do church” on a Sunday morning is basically how we set it up the first Sunday we moved into the Ottawa Little Theatre. Some things that we did were actually supposed to be temporary. For instance, the screens that we have at the front. These three screens are pictures of the stained glass windows at the front of the church building we used to own. Originally we wanted the three screens to be at the front of church as a comfort to people who, for the sake of the Gospel, walked away from their beloved building. However, the intent was to develop many screens for the front and use them as well. Simply put, we never got around to implementing this.

Some things have changed at the OLT. A year or two ago the OLT extended the stage out by a little over two feet. We might have “done” Sunday mornings differently if the stage had been that deep when we first started.

So basically, we want to look with fresh eyes at how we set up for and “run” Sunday mornings. In a couple of weeks we will bring in some friendly church planters to tell us how they would set up the stage and Sunday School and all. They will bring truly fresh and friendly eyes to our set up. There are a few others from the congregation with some experience who are looking at different ways to set up.

So, please pray about this. Please share your best wisdom. Please feel free to email me (george@messiahchurch.ca) or speak to me in person or by phone (613 235 0596). We would love your feedback on: nursery set up; Sunday School set up and placement; coffee time; Sunday service logistics; how people “enter” the building and whatever else you can think of. I do not promise that we will do everything suggested, but I promise to listen, to think and pray about it.

On a final note, connected but separate from most of this blog. In the next couple of weeks the choir will return to some of our Sunday morning services. We might also add more “Morning Prayer” services (services without the Lord’s Supper). Thank you for praying!

George+