• Home
  • Tag: 1500一次的外围

Congregating for worship

first_img“We want this service to be multisensory. We don’t want people to just sit. We want them to experience God in a real and relevant way,” Gilliam said. “We’re living in a time when visuals are important. We’ve got the words on a screen so heads won’t be buried in a book. “When you’re looking up, you’re experiencing everyone else, and that brings a unity.” A contemporary Christian music band will serve as the catalyst for heartfelt praises to God at Sunday’s service. A hint of the contemporary gospel tradition from Sherman Oaks United Methodist may come into play as well. Gilliam will deliver the “good news’ message on Sunday. Matthew 6 is his inspiration for “First Things First,” a message about evaluating life’s priorities. “Jesus tells us not to worry (about everyday things) but to seek the spiritual. If you study Christ’s life,” Gilliam said, “you see that he put a high priority on relationships. Seek spiritual things instead of the almighty dollar.” The informal outreach Sunday service has been planned to be very simple, but Gilliam and Haddon hope that it will be life-changing. “I would like them to think that church is a place of comfort in their neighborhood,” Haddon said. “I hope they will see that Christianity is relevant and bring comfort to their lives.” Contemporary Sunday service, 5 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 11 and 25, meeting at Sherman Oaks Presbyterian Church, 4445 Nobel Ave. Child care available for ages 5 and under. Call (818) 788-3330. Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church, 14401 Dickens St. Call (818) 789-0351. [email protected] (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The two congregations have an amiable tradition of holding joint holy day services as well as pulpit and choir exchanges, so Sunday evening’s service isn’t as eyebrow-raising as might seem. The few differences between the two – how they are officially governed and liturgy – aren’t problems for Sunday’s service. Both congregations share moderate Protestant beliefs and a similar history. And both have had hefty memberships in the past, and small – but enthusiastically faithful – membership now. “I’m ready to drop the denomination tags,” Haddon said frankly. “Yes, we both want new members. But we also want to foster community in Sherman Oaks and give people a place to come on a Sunday night.” Both congregations have a traditional Sunday morning service, but there was a yearning for a modern approach musically and structurally that Haddon and the Rev. Garth Gilliam, from Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church, wanted to satisfy. SHERMAN OAKS – Rather than competing for new members, two churches have joined in hosting a contemporary Sunday evening service that celebrates the similarities of their Christian faith. The Sherman Oaks Presbyterian and First United Methodist churches are within easy walking distance of each other, south of Ventura Boulevard. “We’re trying to attract new folk who don’t go to either church or any church,” said the Rev. Barbara Haddon of Sherman Oaks Presbyterian. “We’re encouraging people to dress casually. It’s an informal musical service – no robes, no books. “There will be no `what am I supposed to do?’ moments.” last_img