Apparently, several musicians involved in The Wilderness are flying from Denver to put on Wednesday’s service. I don’t know who is footing the bill for this.
It is, I think, important that parishioners attend Refuge on Wednesday. Putting on such a very different service is a major undertaking and, potentially, a very expensive one. Although St. Paul’s is receiving some money from the diocese to begin Refuge, it is reasonably clear that, long-term, Refuge is going to become a significant item in the parish budget. We should be asking questions like the following:
- What population is this program intended to serve?
- Is it reasonable to expect that people will come to St. Paul’s Sunday evening for such a service?
- Will such a service advance our mission, however you construe it, or detract from it?
- Will such a program increase our numbers or create competing constituencies within the parish?
Update 5/24/2010: More information is available on the St. Paul’s Web site here. Be sure to read the information there if you are thinking of attending Wednesday.