Greetings, as an interim pastor one of my responsibilities is to introduce change to a congregation. The reason for this is simply that during the interim period the “soil” has to be prepared for the next pastor. The next called pastor will have their own style of preaching and way of organizing worship. As interim I introduce new elements into the worship life of the church and by doing so I prepare you for the change to come. Summer is the time when new things are introduced and tried out as we look to the fall season. We have begun that work.

You may have noticed some slight changes in our worship liturgy. We have changed the way that music is used during worship. We have sung our confessions rather than speaking them. Baker has begun his leadership of our worship music and has been introducing new hymns into our worship life. Many exciting new things will be coming in music as we move forward this year. Our liturgists, are incorporating scriptures during an introduction to the sermon. Other elements of worship have been replaced with different responses, the Gloria Patri has been replaced by the sung response, “We Are Forgiven .” As we have made these chan

ges some have flowed more smoothly than others into our worship. Baker and I are working closely together to bring a truly unique and spiritual worship service to the church. We have been very receptive as we have made these changes, thank you.

In the past newsletters you have seen the inclusion of some graphs and charts. This information comes from a variety of sources. One organization that you will see is the Barna Group. I invite you to look over their website at . Barna Group is a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, California. Started in 1984, the firm is widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture. You will also be introduced to Dr. Marcia McFee and her group at the Worship design Studio. These two groups are the leading consultants in faith trends, information and new forms of worshiping. During the upcoming months you will learn more about both of these groups.I will be including their information and worship styles in future newsletters and in our Sunday worship.

We look optimistically toward the future but will also keep Northminster the special place that it is. The work ahead to grow the church is not easy and will need all our focused energy and best efforts. Together with Christ’s leadership and with the support and love of one another it is an exciting time in the life of the church. God Bless, and see you in church.

Pastor Mark