What IS E3? It’s a Service to Activate Your Faith. Each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at United Presbyterian Church where you’ll be Enlightened by God’s Word, Engaged in the service and Empowered to share Jesus’ love. Join Us to have YOUR E3 experience!
Catch up on what you may have missed this week on our E3 Blog.
After the launch of E3, we asked a few folks this question: “What’s Been YOUR E3 Experience?” “I haven’t been to church in 7 years because I was tired of the same routine, I came to an E3 service and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!”
“The informal-ness of it all is so refreshing! We actually can dialogue with each other – it’s not like church at all and yet, it IS church!”
“Perfect, just perfect……the contemporary music is uplifting, the scripture verses and the messages that go with them are short and to the point – love the activities – you’re never too old or young to “do a craft”.”
“My attention span is just about 45 minutes – that’s what I get with E3, 45 minutes of worshipping Jesus, learning a few things, and every now and then asking a question – right in the middle of the service!”
“You guys are onto something – I wanted to get myself and my kids back to church but they’re not so well behaved – that’s not an issue at the E3 service – when you say it’s family friendly you mean it!”
“I love it! The lessons are Biblical, the activities help me remember the lesson, and the music is great!”
“Thanks for this…keep it up…”
When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,” my heart leaped for joy. Psalm 122:1, The Message How often does your heart leap for joy at the thought of coming to church? If you are thinking, “never,” I hope that will change.
Worship is a joyous celebration of God and all that God has done. It is a response of thanksgiving to the blessings we have received. It is where we discover that, as beloved children of God, we have been given a special calling to share the good news of God’s love to others.
My belief is that if our hearts do not leap for joy at the thought of worship, we are doing something wrong. For too many of us worship is a duty we’d rather not perform. Either we sit silently judging those around us who fidget or we do the fidgeting ourselves!
If we look at the scriptures, we see that worship is meant to be joyful. The Psalms describe singing and dancing, playing instruments, shouting and clapping. Somehow, we’ve turned worship from a party in honor of God, to the longest hour of the week. No wonder the next generation is missing from our churches!
We hope to change that at United Presbyterian Church. For those whose spirits are fed by traditional worship, we will continue to have a traditional service at 11:00 a.m. Additionally, beginning on September 9, 2012 we will offer a completely new (or radically old) worship service at 9:30 a.m. that we are calling E3.
Enlighten + Empower + Engage is a multi-generational, interactive worship experience with the purpose of activating the faith of participants. This service is designed to help people of all ages to grow in the Spirit and extend their worship of God and service to God’s creation out from the sanctuary into all of life.
E3 will look and sound very different from our traditional worship. We will share the Good News through drama, story, song, videos, dialogue, and activities. The bulletin will include suggestions for activating faith at home, in school, and in the workplace. The service will include learning as well as worship and will replace our traditional Sunday School for children and youth.
The Worship and Education Ministry Teams are asking for your prayers and your support as we step out in faith to offer this new way of worship and growing in faith. We particularly hope you will invite people to come and worship – your co-workers, your adult children living at home or in the neighborhood, the family across the street. We welcome anyone who might benefit from a worship experience that celebrates our worth as children of God and encourages us to use our God-given talents to serve in Christ’s name.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8