As you may have heard, the Thursday evening Eucharist will be different this year.
The service, now called Thursday Night LIVE, is intergenerational, which means God’s people of every age are understood to be equally important. In contrast with a kids’ service, people of all ages will worship together and we will enrich the liturgy with our unique gifts.
The Body of Christ is strengthened when we build relationships across difference and encourage one another in the life of faith. To that end, cross-generational mentoring relationships are central to Thursday Night LIVE.
The planning process is designed to incorporate your feedback. One of our guiding questions is, “Where did you see or experience the Living God?” Though there will be predictable patterns from week to week, we will also pay close attention to the movement of the Holy Spirit and adjust the liturgy as we move through the year.
Finally, many congregations seek leaders who have experience in intergenerational worship. The service will often include student preachers, and there will be many chances to practice leading worship for all of God’s people. It won’t be perfect, and we will learn a lot along the way.
Thursday Night LIVE is a student-led effort, coordinated by Sarah Bentley Allred, Andrew Rutledge, and Elizabeth Henry McKeever. They will host an informal conversation about the guiding principles and scholarship behind Thursday Night LIVE on Thursday, September 6 from 12-1 pm in Scott Lounge.
There is room for everyone at this service, and we would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. See you at Thursday Night LIVE!
The Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Chapel and the Associate Professor of Homiletics