The Promenade: A Gathering of Worship Sundays @ 10am Bessey Square - 260 US Route 1
Promenade means to take a leisurely walk or stroll in a public Gathering place such as a park. The Promenade is a space to sit and stay in the presence of God and with other pilgrims who are on the journey. The Promenade is about resting and remembering. So we Gather to pause ... to remember the faithfulness of God, to remember the Story of God's redeeming acts through the Word intersecting with our stories today, and to remember our role in the missional subplot of God's Story.
In the beginning GOD…created the heavens and earth…
We are human beings formed in the image of the Creator with the capacity to love and be loved. Our specific mission is to worship God and be agents of love in the world. While both love and worship take many forms, Romans 12:1 reminds us of the Jesus Way: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship.” We undoubtedly participate in a profound form of worship when we come together as a larger Body.
In Coastal we see following Jesus as a communal adventure where pilgrims of all ages are involved in the spiritual formation process. One larger pocket of space where this is expressed is in our Promenade Gatherings. So we meet together every Sunday to be sustained for God's Mission (Pilgrimage) of Love into the world as we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
Our Gathering includes these basic ingredients:
Story: Word and Sacrament -- Creating a wide open pocket of space to leisurely meditate on God’s Word for us as individuals and as a whole; sharing the Story of God's redemptive mission intersecting with our own stories; focusing on remembering and giving thanks (“eucharist”) for the sacrifice that the Word-made-flesh offered to us by weekly sharing in the Lord’s Supper.
Rich Simplicity -- Worship grounded in the historically orthodox faith and patterns of worship set forth by Christ followers who have gone before us. We like to incorporate elements of liturgy ("service") while at the same time, being open to the leading of the Spirit, and immediate needs within our community. Tasteful use of technology. Minimal set-up and preparation for the gathering to enable maximum mission and relationship.
Celebration -- When we gather for corporate worship, we are reminded about the Faithfulness of God, and this serves as a reason to celebrate being part of the King’s Family. We are people of Good News because of God’s love for us displayed in Jesus Christ.
Music & Art -- Singing along with the Church throughout history, of today, and throughout the world. The hope of offering forth new songs as God stirs them in the people of our community. Incorporating our photographers, painters, & musicians in meaningful ways.
Prayer -- Something transformational happens when we pray together. In these corporate times of worship, we offer praise to God while we actively listen for what the Spirit has to say to us and for others. We also want our gatherings to be times when people can share their burdens with the corporate Body, thereby allowing our spiritual gifts to shared in a way that brings practical care, hope, and healing.
Portlandia, Maine -- Speaking the language and idioms – the look, feel, and sound – of the particular city into which God has placed us. Moreover, when we gather, these times should reflect the daily life of the Coastal community.
Children and Teens -- Incorporating (not segregating) our young ones as much as possible into the worship practices and calendar of the larger community. We believe our younger people have a Story to tell NOW, not just in the future. Separation may sometimes be necessary (for appropriate formation of young kids) but our aim is as much inclusion as possible. We believe the joy of following Christ spreads through multi-generational learning formats.
Participation – We strive for active engagement rather than passivity or slick performances. That’s why the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:26 - “When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” When we come together, we should share food, resources, and gifts in order to build up the body of Christ (Acts 2:44, 45).
Coffee -- "And if you're like me, you need hope, coffee, and melody..." (Robbie Seay) - We like to mingle it up before, during, and after the Gathering while enjoying a mug of coffee (or tea for the totaling-type).
Pilgrimative Practices -- We want to be a people who actually respond to the Call of God as we hear from the Word. As a result, each week we hope to be spiritually formed by apprenticing Jesus together through Pilgrimative Practices - responses that are communal + tangible + experimental + contemplative
Blessing & Commissioning -- A comforting & challenging reminder to impart the wild Gospel as we go about living in the world. “Mission is an expression of Christian worship. In fact, I’m prepared to say that it is the central and most powerful expression of worship.” – Michael Frost
* We have a Nursery and Children's Ministry co-op during each worship gathering. * Our Gatherings tend to last in the range of 75-90ish minutes ;)
Coastal Community Church P.O. Box 1701 - Portland, Maine 04104 | 207.885.5820 | firstname.lastname@example.org :: following Jesus together ::