Well, they say there's a first time for everything. On Sept. 11, Cassville United Methodist held its first Sunday evening service.
It was the first time I've ever been welcomed to a worship service by people handing out candy and bottled water. (I was warned we'd be doing a lot of singing, and we did.) And it was the first time I've ever said a prayer in a worship service with a piece of candy in my mouth.
It was also the first time I've ever been greeted in the parking lot by young people so eager for worship that they had gone clear outside to hand out bulletins.
The church's new 6 p.m. service, dubbed "Sunday Night Live," was indeed lively. It is a completely contemporary service, featuring electric guitar and drums performed by youth and adults together. Pastor John Gregory is kicking off the new offering with a series of sermons on the spiritual inspiration of lyrics from songs by the rock band U2.
Without his guidance, I couldn't have found much in U2's songs. But clearly, this music reaches our young people in the same way 1960s music reached those of my generation. It's nice to be able to connect with them on their level.
The service isn't just for the young, however. I think for all of us there, the atmosphere Sunday night was truly uplifting and inspirational. If you're looking for a new inspiration in life, it's definitely worth a try.
I would like to thank Pastor Gregory for being willing to multiply his own workload to bring us this opportunity, and I would like to thank all of the adults and young people who have volunteered their time to make it a reality. What a blessing you all are!
And thanks to the Cassville Democrat for providing a public forum in which all of us in the community can communicate with those we don't know.