I have a question, and forgive me for being a bit long. I was very active in my local Southern Baptist church as a teen. I went to college, moved away for a number of years, then returned and married. My wife and I thought we would make this our church home. It hasn't worked out that way. The service irritates us to no end, to the point that we now attend the Methodist church next door. My objection is that congregants are forced to mill about and gladhand one another during the service. For hymns, four to six obscure hymns are sung in a row, sucking every bit of joy out of the process (for me, anyway). The choir is quite good, but the congregation claps for the choir, and I feel ackward refusing to clap. (I'm not there to glorify the choir). The service, to me, feels a bit like a lounge act. I believe strongly in worshiping within my community, so my only real choice is to attend and perhaps affiliate with the local Methodist or Presbyterian (USA) church. I have some theology problems, and certainly some major problems with the political activity of these denominations, but the local Methodist service is very much like what we had at the Baptist church before it went wierdo. Am I wrong to be upset by all of this? Any hope the wierdness will die out of its own accord? By the way, an older friend asked my wife what had happened to us. She gave him a partial story and he demanded, "Well, did you talk to the pastor?" We hadn't, and felt we weren't active enough to demand that anything be done "our" way. Perhaps we have been wrong not to say anything. At any rate, just wanted to know if this is now common in Southern Baptist churches. Am I wrong to feel this strongly about the non-standard service? Thanks for any input.