newmission-proclaiminghopeYou are seated in the round in the chancel of a darkened sanctuary. Suddenly, the person seated next to you begins the call to worship, announcing the beginning of Advent. Another across from you invites worshipers into self-examination and confession. Together the small gathering begins to sing a simple Taize hymn. And then you realize: there is no organist or guitarist. The pastor has yet to speak. This is no consumer experience. True to its Greek meaning, this is a liturgy, a “work of the people.” This is worship at South Wedge Mission, a new mission start in the South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester, with the Rev. Matthew Martin Nickoloff, pastor and mission developer. To learn more, “like” the SWM Facebook page at