This week we continue our series on “Blue Zones.” We are trying to learn how to put more health and happiness into our years. Last weekend we looked at 1) the importance of having a clear purpose; and 2) the need for good ways of de-stressing. This weekend we will examine how worship and active participation in a faith community can add health and vitality.

These lessons come from studying people around the world who live to be relatively active, healthy and happy past the age of 100. Dan Buettner and his team of researchers from National Geographic studied these people and found nine factors that these healthy elders all seemed to share, or nine lessons we can learn from them. One of these is active participation in a faith community. Their studies suggest that people who attend a place of worship four times a month and truly feel a part of the group live an extra 4 to 14 years. Isn’t that amazing! Why would this be true? Is it possible to belong to a faith community and not get these benefits? We will explore these and other questions this weekend in worship. There are some real benefits to showing up!

Our Chancel Choir is excited to share their anthem, “One Song” at the 9:30 service this weekend. At the 11:00 service I will share a true story about what happened when a church banned all music from its worship services, and the song that came out of that experience. Also, we will have our “Small Group Fair” going on before and after each worship service this weekend. This is a chance for you to see some of the many small groups offered at our church and find your place. This will be happening in the lounge.

I look forward to worshipping with you this weekend!         

 Pastor Kent

This Week in Worship – September 7 & 8, 2019