Maybe it is due to lower gas prices, more people wanting to see family, or simply Wisconsin people doing their summer thing, but we have noticed a slight decrease in church attendance this summer. We decided to try different things throughout the summer to help mix things up throughout the summer. For June we had a sermon series on the "Most Common Questions of the Faith", throughout July we plan on having Wednesday night services, and in August we will have a midweek Bible study on "Who is God?".
Last night was one of those great moments in ministry where I am surprised by too many people, the Holy Spirit led 72 people to the Divine Service. It was a very powerful evening, confession/absolution, Scripture, Christ, and the Lord's Supper. We had said that we needed an average of 30 people at the services throughout July in order to consider Wednesday night services next summer. God brings His surprises.
May the Holy Spirit continue to guide people to His place of worship no matter the day of the week.
Christ have mercy