Community Worship Service is set for Sunday
Religious denominations have their disagreements.
That’s no secret.
But those issues will be pushed Sunday as people from in excess of 12 community churches will gather to worship together at the Struthers Library Theatre. The annual Community Worship Service, sponsored by the Warren Area Ministerial Association, is set for Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m.
The speaker will be the Rev. John Zimmerman. He and his wife, Christine, work with churches to help them impact their communities. A combined worship team has also been assembled for the service. An offering will be received to directly support the work of the Salvation Army.
“I think it’s easy to point out our differences,” Aaron Reinard, lead pastor with Scandia Covenant Church, said.
The service has occurred every year since 2011 with the exception of a cancellation last year due to the pandemic.
“The key goal from the beginning was to come together and celebrate our commonality,” Reinard said. “We serve one God. We have different traditions but we are one body.”
Doug McCracken, lead pastor with Warren Alliance Church, said the service is an opportunity “not only (to) set aside our own weekly worship service, but to set aside our differences and focus on what unites us.
“It is an opportunity for the body of Christ to come together in worship. We have hoped that this is a testimony to our community that we can work together.”
“In the Warren community we pride ourselves on a sense of community,” Reinard added. “It was important for churches to live our faith out in community.”
He said pastor friends from around the country are “amazed” that the areas’s churches come together for this service.
“It’s just not done in other places,” he said, “and the fact that it’s been sustained for nine years and expanded to include a Good Friday service as well is amazing.”
The service will also be streamed live on the Pleasant Community Church Facebook page.