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The Power of Worship - May 8, 2022

Dear Friends,

As promised in worship, I’m writing to express gratitude and to share exciting news about worship at Second.

First, thank you.

Thank you for so faithfully investing in the work of ministry happening through Second Presbyterian Church. I say that to all of you here in Indianapolis who pour into the local life of Second, and to all of you around the country who engage with Second from a diverse array of places. Together, you carry the mission of Second into the world. Thank you for making Second your church home and for embracing our shared call as followers of Jesus Christ. You have let the Holy Spirit lead us forward, together, united in faith and connected – always – through worship. We have certainly been stretched over the last two years – the journey has not always been easy or clear. But know this: as a congregation, we have grown deeper in faith, further in reach, and closer in community in these two years. God’s grace has sustained every step and opened new doors of possibility. Your commitment to the work of ministry continues to inspire.

Second, to build on all of the above and take the next right step, together, I’m grateful to share exciting news about sanctuary worship at Second.

Our sense of community – the way we see one another, invest in our mission, and care for our neighbors – is a life-giving strength of this church and has been for nearly two centuries. It is a strength shaped and sharpened through worship, which has always been the very core of our congregational life. To intentionally build on the energy and share the impact of worship as a united community, sharing Christ’s love and broad welcome with the world, we are bringing our two sanctuary worship services (9:30 and 11:00) together, beginning Sunday, May 29.

Here are the specifics:

  • We will continue our summer tradition of one sanctuary worship time for all – 10:00 a.m.
  • Beyond the summer, we will continue to hold this meaningful space of one sanctuary worship time for all – 10:00 a.m.
  • In Milner Chapel, the Service of Wholeness and Communion will continue throughout the summer (and full calendar year) and, like last summer, our 8:15 a.m. chapel service will return on August 7.

So, we’re asking you to commit 10:00 a.m. to memory for sanctuary worship at Second beginning on May 29.

Not only will this bring us together for a vibrant worship service each week in the sanctuary, this shift will also enable us to create intentional Christian formation opportunities for all ages — at one, united hour — prior to sanctuary worship (exciting details coming soon). And, it will allow us to create new ways of engagement and community-building following sanctuary worship, connecting members and worshippers at Second in ways that further expand our congregational life.

We have a history of calling our community together in the sanctuary at one shared time – a history of powerful worship experiences shared as one. I think of the Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace earlier this year. I think of Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. I think of the energy that comes on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday when so many come together in the same worship space at the same time. And, beginning in March of 2020, I think of the way you held faith together throughout the pandemic – streaming together into the sanctuary as one worshipping community at a single time. As both staff and Session shared when reflecting on and embracing this new path forward, there is a palpable spirit of vitality and sense of connection when we are together, equipping, charging, and sending us, as ambassadors of Christ, to share the gospel message in word and action.

Tomorrow’s Monday Memo will offer more details and include a video that captures the spirit of worshipping together, generations deep and communitywide. Our youngest members strengthened by the witness of elders in the same pew. Families and first-time guests, old friends and new faces, together in worship. Classmates and colleagues, together in worship. Indianapolis neighbors and folks from cities around the world, together in worship. Thousands strong and united as one body of Christ, worshipping together. By your witness to the centrality of worship, I am deeply inspired.

By your witness to the strength of community, I am deeply encouraged. By your witness to the journey of faith and your commitment to Second Church, I am deeply hopeful.

And for you and our work, together, as disciples of Jesus Christ, I remain profoundly grateful.

I look so forward to seeing you and your family in worship at Second!

Chris