Broomfield United Methodist Church
Monday, May 29, 2017
 
A Sunday night service at BUMC!
 
We have a growing demand for different worship styles and service options due to church growth. We want to expand our worship opportunities so we can reach more people for Christ. This will be a low-key, acoustic-flavored service, that we host on Sunday evenings because Saturdays are increasingly jammed with family activities while Sundays are a little more relaxed. 
 
Scroll down to read a blog post by Joe Mazza, our Director of Worship Arts regarding the new service.
 
Why a fifth service on Sunday?
Though it may go unnoticed, we're growing! Over the past three years, more than 350 people have placed their spiritual stake in the ground at BUMC. This means that more people are calling Broomfield United Methodist Church their home, and we have a growing demand for different worship styles and service options. We want to expand our worship opportunities so we can reach more people for Christ because we need Jesus more than ever as we continue to be as busy as ever.
 
Why not a Saturday evening service?
Simple. Saturdays are increasingly jammed with family activities. It's a time for families to enjoy kids' competitive sports demands; run errands and catch up with friends over dinner. Sunday evening is a little more relaxed, and we're not competing with your well-deserved rest and recreation. In addition, the Methodist tradition seeks to honor Sunday worship.
 
Sunday matters as the Sabbath. We want to create another option for families in a world that needs to make room for God in its calendar.
 
How can I pray about this new worship opportunity?
Anne Lamott encourages Christians to pray three essential prayers - Help. Thanks. Wow. We need all of these prayers in play to make a faithful go at this service launch on February 17, 2013. Thank you for joining us in prayer.
  
Why would someone attend a Sunday evening worship service?
The compelling force to attend this service is the Holy Spirit prompting you to make room for God in a broader, gathered community. This prompting is as linear as time availability, and as abstract as an abiding desire to hear a thought-provoking message layered with music designed to distinctly speak to you.
  
Why worship in the Chapel?
The Chapel is the spiritual birthplace for all of our current Sunday worship services and the layout lends itself to birthing this new worship texture.

Imagine the Chapel’s ambient evening worship service potential realized. Stained glass beckons our heritage to crash our everyday concerns with love. Subdued lighting with candle flames dancing to the tune of God’s presence. It’s a thin place to gather with crazy, busy people who want a reflective challenge to not simply go to church but be the church beyond Sunday. Why not jumpstart your upcoming week on Sunday evening?

 
The Heart Of Worship
Posted on the BUMC Blog on Wednesday, January 9, 2013
 
I met my wife Theresa in 1999. We were both new to Nashville, working in the music industry, and were introduced by some mutual friends. I was a guitarist who wanted to sing better and she was a singer who wanted to improve her guitar playing. You could say I used those circumstances to my advantage and to spend as much time as possible with her. 
 
I had come to Nashville for a new beginning after a particularly difficult time in my life. I was raw and holding on to God tightly. And the best way I knew to do that was through music. I spent a lot of time in my apartment with just my guitar, my voice, and worship songs. Theresa joined me there and we spent many hours together singing, playing and writing songs that were for no purpose other than to offer to God.
 
Around that same time, UK worship leader Matt Redman wrote one of his most well-known songs, “The Heart Of Worship,” the lyric of which says:
 
"When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come / Longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart… / I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus."
 
There’s a powerful story behind that song. The pastor of Matt’s church, Soul Survivor in Watford, England, felt that their church community had gotten too much into the “extras” of worship - a great band, a big, loud sound system, and the concert feel that went with it. He felt God prompting him to do a very brave thing and told Matt that, until further notice, there would be no band, no sound system, no instruments. The church would get together and just sing without any accompaniment. He asked the church the question, “When you come through the doors on a Sunday, what are you bringing as your offering to God?” Matt wrote “The Heart Of Worship” alone in his bedroom as a way to capture their experience. That song, and the accompanying question, resonated with Theresa and me as we committed our lives and music to God. And, ever since, we’ve connected with God most deeply not on a stage with lots of other musicians but through a guitar or two, in our living room, singing whatever comes to mind.
 
While I don’t think we at BUMC have become distracted by all the extra “stuff” that goes into our Sunday services, you’ll soon be hearing details about a new Sunday evening worship service that will aim to strip us to the core of what it means to worship simply. Just some acoustic music, great songs of faith, and our voices and lives. What will you bring?