The congregation, 350 voices strong, attacks the first hymn with full-throated determination:
Lord of all, of church and kingdom,
in an age of change and doubt,
keep us faithful to the gospel;
help us work your purpose out.
modern lyrics hit the nail on the head. Members of a dozen eastside
Lutheran churches, most with declining memberships, aging buildings and
budget shortfalls, gather last Sunday morning to sing, pray and see who
they were. Literally, because most of the long-standing congregations
rarely interact with others nearby. And figuratively, because many of
these churchgoers believe they are teetering on the edge of another
religious reformation and they're not sure how to respond.
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