Skyline Church of La Mesa, Calif., will launch new worship services in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. Capitol in Room HC5. Weekly worship services were held there from 1800 to 1870. These will be the first such services in 144 years.
Since members of Congress fly home on weekends, these services will be held on Wednesday evenings. The first service will be for members of Congress only, and will be held at 7:15 p.m. The service will be known as “The Jefferson Gathering" as President Thomas Jefferson rode his horse from the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Building each week.
The second service will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings for the congressional staff, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s. “The John Quincy Meeting" will be named in honor of the nation's 6th President, John Quincy Adams, who attended these weekly services from 1803 until his death in 1847.
Skyline Pastor Jim Garlow, founder of these weekly events, will speak at the opening service on July 30. On following Wednesday nights, Garlow will select well-known pastors and Christian leaders to speak. Some confirmed speakers include Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of New York Times bestseller The Harbinger; J.C. Watts, former congressman and pastor; and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, leader of a network of some 40,000 Hispanic churches. “America's Tenor" Steve Amerson will lead worship in the first few services, to be followed by the vocal artistry of Soloist Stephanie Noriega.
Skyline Assistant Pastor Dan Cummins has moved to Washington, D.C., along with his wife Joann, to be the convening pastor of these worship services. Cummins is also the co-founder, along with Garlow, of “Washington – A Man of Prayer," an annual event in the prestigious Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. This event annually marks the April 30 anniversary of the inauguration of the U.S.'s first President, George Washington.