Come Down to the River to Pray


In the ancient traditions of the church, the church bell tolled the hours and the people who lived nearby used those bells to mark time, work, and prayer. In monasteries, committed monks and nuns prayed the hours by stopping their work to sing the psalms and pray seven different prayer services.

In more recent church tradition, summer was a time for outdoor worship at revivals and camp-meetings with baptisms at the riverside.

Our rhythms of life and work are pretty far removed from the days of church bells and revivals. For some families, Sundays are now a blur of sports, kids’ activities, and catching up with chores. Sunday worship for some feels like another chore.

This week, Westminster is going to start a new tradition of alternative worship service once a month. Our first service will combine two old traditions to make something for a new day: a riverside vespers service.  We will gather at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10 at the Jacoby Road Park. (see below for directions.) It will be a simple service of scripture, singing, and prayer.  Please bring a chair and join us for this special opportunity to gather at the river to pray.

Directions: The park is at 669 Jacoby Rd., just a few miles east of U.S. Route 68, north of Xenia, south of Yellow Springs and west of Clifton. Primary access is from the south (Clifton Road to northwest on Jacoby Road).