Fascinated in the Midwest
Date: June 19, 2023 08:51AM
on Father’s Day since his family hadn’t contacted him. He asked to attend his local ELCA church.
When attending any service, I think of myself as an observer and nothing more.
Interesting. Lengthy service, similar to Catholics but more than 75 minutes. Tons of singing, including by the woman pastor. Only one melody was familiar, no songs were known to me. Nicene Creed and Lord’s Prayer were included. I didn’t see other Episcopalian, Methodism or Community of Christ similarities. Lots of standing up, less sitting down and then a walk through the sanctuary for the altar call route for communion.
Meaningful recognition of fathers, step-fathers, individuals who play the role of fathers. There was lots of talk about the shortage of youth and young families. A congregation of ~800 with 50 in attendance on a Sunday morning. Nearly all the heads in pews were gray-haired.
Without the LDS bankroll, religion does not seem financially viable. This congregation mirrors others of various denominations I have visited.