The SDB Vital Worship group continued their work at a retreat held in Colorado, March 17th to 19th, 2023. Representatives of SDB Churches from throughout the United States participated in worship at Frontier Church — Carbon Valley in Dacono, CO and Next Step Christian Church in Thornton, CO.
The SDB Vital Worship group were graciously hosted by Danny and Danita Lee in Colorado Springs, CO and continued their work of intentionally worshiping together, building relationships, assessing the unity through diversity of worship among SDBs, and developing a holistic understanding of SDB worship liturgy and Vital Worship. This program is made possible through a generous Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.
SDB Vital Worship
The SDB Vital Worship group includes in-person as well as virtual gatherings. Participants include: Andres Jara and Tabba Bernau (Anchor of Hope SDB Church, Dodge Center MN); Jennifer Bonesteel, Kevin Bonesteel, Rebecca Galusha, and Andrew Oathout (Berlin SDB, Berlin NY); Miriam Berg (Frontier Church – Carbon Valley, Dacono CO); Kelly Parker (Next Step Church, Thorton CO); Keith Ashley and Conlief Lyons (Toronto SDB, Toronto CA); Neil Lubke and David St. Clair (Milton SDB, Milton WI); Thelma Maxwell and Luan Comrie-Shaw (Fort Lauderdale SDB, Fort Lauderdale FL); Edson and Seanette Barrett (Philadelphia SDB, Philadelphia PA); Mark Prause (First Houston SDB Church, Houston TX). Participants also include the amazing hospitality coordinators, Danny and Danita Lee as well as the grant administrator, Carl Greene.
In Colorado, the SDB Vital Worship retreat began on Friday evening and lasted until noon on Sunday. The group attended worship and enjoyed blessed fellowship time around the table with the Colorado Churches we worshiped with. The retreat sessions were led by Carl Greene.
More to Go
The SDB Vital Worship group is engaged in a dynamic initiative that impacts Seventh Day Baptists and the broader Christian community. As stated by John Witvliet, director of the CICW, “We are eager to learn . . . from resourceful teams of local leaders responding to pressing needs and opportunities in their context. We look forward to sharing learning from these creative efforts over the next several months and years.”
The next SDB Vital Worship in-person gathering will take place at the Berlin SDB Church in Berlin, NY May 19-21. For information about previous SDB Vital Worship gatherings, please visit this link: SDB Vital Worship SAA.