Beginning January 15 at 5:30 p.m.. and running through March 12, St. Thomas will offer a new Sunday evening service called “Sacred Space.” This service will take the place of the Saturday Après Ski Service. Our vision is to create a fresh service with a special quality and ambience where people come to worship, wonder, and walk the Way of Jesus together, leaving renewed and ready for the week ahead. Sunday morning services will continue at 8:00 and 9:30 a.m., with nursery and Sunday school offered at 9:30 a.m. The monthly evensong service will resume in May.
In the new service, the physical space will change a bit. An altar will be placed on the floor, closer to the people, with worship leaders behind and on the side, creating a circle. A design team may create a unique look around the altar, to focus our attention in a particular way. The readings will come from the Bible, but may come from other sources, too. The sermon will be based on lectio divina, a process of listening, silence, and sharing that comes from the people. There will be plenty of room for stillness and contemplation. The Eucharist will be based on “Enriching our Worship,” a supplemental resource in the Episcopal Church. Joel Bejot and a small group of musicians will explore new music, including the Portland Psalter and other sources of hymnody.
Now, as always, our world needs Sacred Space. Come and make it so with your prayers and presence.