Hi, I'm "mr. messy" and am now 65 years old. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I used to be a member of an American Baptist Church [then] in the 1950's (a high school graduate in 1957) and can remember Good Friday services from several community pastors from say 12 Noon to l or 2 or 3pm (my memory of the ending of the service is fading now). I can remenber that the banks used to be closed at 12 Noon. To me now, things are not like they used to be as far as the churches are concerned, as far as the American culture and values. Certainly the music sung in local churches has changed. [As a teenager I can remember singing from Easter or Christmas cantatas from John W. Peterson]. At a teenager I can remember Emmanuel Baptist Church (my teenage church) and Edwin Ray Methodist Church (both churches were on the same corner, right across from each other) sharing an Easter Sunrise Service followed by a breakfast in one of the churches. Also, as a young adult I can remember going to Southport High School, in Indianapolis, for an Easter Sunrise Service for music and an Easter pageant. Now, I doubt that public school gyms would allow a community activity even on Easter. Again, I am limited to events from my own point of view. Now my local church (Gray Road Baptist Church of Indpls of which I am a choir member, not a pastor) has had commuunity churches and choirs coming for the past 2-3 years on Good Friday night. There is congregational singing, singing from a mass(ive) community choir, and preaching from more than one pastor. One of the pastor leads a congregation of mainly black believers (Afro-Americans). At least I like this experience. What are your thoughts about the changing community forms of worship on "Good Friday" and on "Easter sunrise service" and/or breakfast? Some of you are not Americans and may have difference experiences and a different history or life story from what I have typed out. Thank you for reading and for posting. "mr. messy."