This summer we are maintaining our regular Sunday morning schedule with three services at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:30am. I want to highlight the 9:00am service, which is unique in a number of ways.
We call this service Grace in the Garden, because when it was introduced a couple of years ago it was held in the Memorial Garden, which features a stone altar. The only problem was the sun. Even at 9:00 in the morning, the sun could be quite oppressive. So, last year we moved over to the garden opposite to the Memorial Garden where there is plenty of shade, and a more intimate setting for the congregation to engage each other.
The liturgy is simple and interactive. It is also especially appropriate for young children, because the service lasts for only about 25 minutes. Children lead the prayers of the people. The sermon is short and sweet, aimed primarily at the children, but nonetheless profound -- this past Sunday we got into a discussion about the difference between the soul and the spirit.
I would invite all of you to sample this lovely, alternative Holy Communion service in our beautiful garden sometime this summer. ~ Fr. Abshire