Although the Word-up Wednesday service at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Marlborough, was begun as an Advent church opportunity for those who might not be able to go on Sundays, the alternative service has resonated with those who attended, and will return next month. Word-up Wednesday will resume, beginning at 6:30 pm on February 1.
Old Testament prophecy, contemporary poetry, easy-to-sing music, and participant Bible study are all part of the new service, which more resembles a gathering in the catacombs than a formal service in a cathedral. The weekly 6:30 p.m. worship lasts about an hour, and includes communion.
“This is a opportunity for people who can’t get to church on Sundays to come and experience Jesus,” said Pastor Joe. “It’s a great choice for people who want to learn,” he adds, and, through the Bible study discussion, to “be part of the conversation.” Word-up Wednesday is designed to be “meditative, spiritual, and relevant to today.”