Ever feel that when everyone is gone on vacation worship goes too? The music groups/teams take a break from rehearsing during the summer so they don’t participate in leading worship and the pastoral staff takes turns with their vacation; other leadership seems to get paired down too as does the creative energy used to plan services. On the one hand I wonder if the energy expended in planning and preparing worship services is exponentially related to the number of people expected in attendance which worries me and on the other I wonder if the simpler worship services might be a part of a natural rhythm that follows the Christian year; a helpful respite in contrast to the Advent/Christmas or the Lent/Easter seasons. What do you think? Do your worship services feel a little simpler during these lazy days of summer? How do we keep from becoming lazy in our worship planning but still allow for the simplicity that this time of year seems to call for?