DULUTH, Minn. - For hundreds of years, people have gone to church services on Sundays. But at one church in Duluth this summer, Sunday will not be the day to congregate and celebrate the Lord.He was able to find some Biblical justification for this:
Instead, that day will be Wednesday.
"You've got to do something bold and different once in a while," said the Rev. Peter Bagley, who has been the pastor at United Protestant Church for more than nine years.
It started with one member of the congregation who reportedly said, "I like church. I also like going to the cabin."
That sentiment, plus an annual decrease in summer church attendance, got others thinking — until they had a revelation.
"Our solution is to have our regular worship service at a time when our disciples can attend," Bagley said. "While some churches will add a Saturday night service, we have decided to take what may seem to be a very unusual step and move the whole service to another day and time."
According to Romans 14:5-6, he said, "One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it."Those of you who are "not from around here" may not appreciate the magnitude of the migration that occurs on summer weekends. Hundreds of thousands of cars exit the cities and head up or out to the lake every weekend. Kudos to this pastor for being innovative.
Story from the StarTribune.