Thank you for “Downside of worship” (March), which alerts us to a very real emerging problem in the ELCA. Worship is a key activity for the church — through it we gather around the word and sacraments and directly express our love and awe of God. The article indicates that ELCA worship attendance has dropped by 9.1 percent from 2002 through 2007, the last year for which data is available. Even more alarming is that the trend is accelerating. Perhaps worship attendance is the canary in the coal mine. The bird is beginning to gasp for breath. This is an acute problem. I hope the upcoming synod assemblies are aware of this and focus on efforts to identify its causes and to prepare action plans.
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