One significant new ministry begins in October: we will have an additional worship service, meeting at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel on the Sundays of October. We will celebrate the Holy Eucharist using a more contemporary form, from the Enriching Our Worship supplement to the Book of Common Prayer. This service is intended to be less formal, more relaxed than our primary service on Sunday mornings, and it will feature easily sung Taize-style music, led by Christopher and Katie Powell and a few members of the Cathedral choir. Our aim is to create a sacred space at the close of the day in which to thank God for the week that was and to dedicate ourselves to being followers of Christ in the week ahead. It should be a good way to prepare for work and school and the challenges that begin on Monday morning. Dress is casual. Please invite friends and neighbors and anyone who is curious about Christ Church Cathedral or the Episcopal Church but perhaps intimidated by or unable to attend on Sunday morning.
Another (relatively) new event in October is the outreach fundraiser brunch produced by our confirmation and youth Christian formation classes on Sunday, October 18 after morning worship. The proceeds from this event will go to fund the ACT/SAT preparation classes and testing fees for the Kappa League of Mobile. These young men, led by Carl Cunningham, Jr., will join us for worship and brunch that Sunday, and you will have the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful program for raising up young leaders. You will find more information about it in this Messenger. Tickets are available from any of our young people, and sponsorships are welcome.
Every Sunday just before lining up for the procession, our acolytes and I pray together. We ask for God’s blessing in our worship, and we acknowledge before God that as we serve we also lead, joyfully yet reverently. I am very proud of our young people—as leaders in worship, as leaders in outreach, as leaders in discipleship. And I am thankful for the many faithful adults who minister with them. Please keep them all in your prayers of thanksgiving and offer them your support at every opportunity.