Sometimes, we get into ruts with our lives. We do the same old things over and over. We become creatures of habit. Breaking out of our routines can be fun and refreshing. So why not try something new for a change. Go out to eat at a different place. Do something different for recreation. Go to a different place on vacation.
We can get in to a rut in our churches too if we aren't careful. The Bible talks about doing "new things" (Isaiah 43:19) and singing "new songs" (Psalm 149:1). A few weeks ago, I felt like the Lord was leading me to do something I'd never done before in one of our services. Right in the middle of the service, I asked for volunteers to go out visiting. We had 8 volunteers that went out and brought back great reports of their visits. I have heard of other churches doing things that they "had never done before." Be open to God's leading in your church. He may give you some fresh new ideas that open up whole new opportunities for ministry.
And ... watch out for those ruts! We have a tendency to just do the same things over and over. That's fine if the Lord is leading us that way. However, pray, watch and listen, in case He wants to show you something "new." God's steadfast love is providing us new mercies, and new opportunities, every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).