Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A team of Immanuel UCC members researched the contempory services in our Berks County Area. We visited services at West Lawn UMC, Lincoln Park UMC, First Presbyterian in Reading, Trinity Lutheran in Robesonia, and Good Shepherd UCC in Tuckerton. We were warmly received in all churches. Pastors and worship leaders spent time with us and answered all our questions.
Today was special for we visited Trinity Lutheran Church in Robesonia. Trinity redid their sanctuary and have a modular space. The chancel rails can be removed. The altar and pulpit can be moved. The organ slides back and much more. The senior pastor claims the team can remove all things for a musical and put them into storage in about 20 minutes.
They had a praise band, but no singers. They have a practice session prelude. New songs are practiced at this time with the congregation. Cheryl Bagenstose got into the music. They gave her a tambourine to play. She had great fun playing.
We spoke with both pastors and the vicar (3rd year seminary student). They explained that technology is used with the traditional service as well. The senior pastor has a video clip for Easter Sunday. They have a tomb in the choir area for Easter; at Christmas they have a stable.
We attended supper at 6 pm. Worship was delayed 15 minutes so each person could donate time on one of 3 projects. They could stuff eggs for the egghunt, pack food for the food pantry, or strip psalms. Really neat mission stuff.
I enjoyed my time. The homily was on target. They had a cross where they added items each week that were craft related. I enjoyed the homily.
Neat church...Yes, one of my former students was there.