Order of Service

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Pastor, do you have McChurch?

    It is almost a universal that one could walk into an evangelical church on any given Sunday (Baptist, IFCA, Bible, Berean, CMA, E-Free, Covenant) and find a similar product. Just like walking into a McDonalds anywhere in the country.

    Welcome
    Hymn
    Prayer
    Hymn
    Choir
    Hymn
    Announcements
    Offering
    Hymn
    Special
    Message
    Invitation Hymn
    Communion (if first Sunday like today)
    Closing Hymn

    Every major point the same from church to church and all connected with "hymn sandwiches".

    And the people know it and are willing to be "spectators" at McChurch, or worse - pew potatoes . .
     
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    Great post Dr Bob. I have been saved for over 20 years and I have to be quite honest with you. I still to this day read and study my Bible but the past few years I am finding it more and more difficult to get myself out to church. It is all so predictable and boring I would rather stay home and study on my own.
     
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    Not exactly the same at FBC
    Prelude/chorus time
    Welcome
    Announcements
    Prayer
    Hymn
    Praise chorus
    Praise chorus
    Special music or reading or-----
    Sharing praises
    Prayer
    Scripture reading
    Bible message
    Hymn
    Closing prayer
     
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    A typical Sunday (morning or evening) service goes something like this:</font>
    • the Pastor or his designee calls the service to order and gives the Invocation.</font>
    • a choir number.</font>
    • congregational hymn</font>
    • the first preacher (the Pastor or the man in charge of the service has previously designated which of the preachers in the church will be speaking at a given service and in what order speaks usually for 10-15 minutes. This message is usually a Call to Worship or Prayer.</font>
    • congregational prayer (three maybe four men or women lead in prayer from their places in the meeting hall, with the preacher closing). This is a time of Thanksgiving for the God s provision in the last week. The preacher closes with a prayer for God's blessing on the coming service.</font>
    • a congregational hymn.</font>
    • a senior choir number or</font>
    • a children's choir or</font>
    • recitation(s) of Christian poetry by an individual or group or</font>
    • solo/duet/quartet singing by adults or children.</font>
    • the second preacher speaks (see d. above). This preacher brings a strong Bible Message for 20-25 minutes.</font>
    • repeat f-j.</font>
    • the third preacher speaks (usually this is the senior preacher present). This man ties the two previous speakers together. (Or he may launch off on his own message.)</font>
    • see e. above</font>
    • congregational hymn and offering</font>
    • greetings from various churches sent to the church via members of the congregation.</font>
    • prayer requests are taken and final prayer two+ hours later.</font>
     
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    Squire - reminds me of preaching in Moscow in the 70's. Service went 3-4 hours! Each preacher went 30-45 minutes and there were three others besides me!

    I felt really embarassed as I had a tight schedule and meeting with some education leaders (reason I got into the country) so had been there a few hours and HAD to leave. They stopped everything and gave me hugs and kisses - the men, that is. Talk about slipping out unnoticed. NOT!
     
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    Ours is:

    Choral call to worship
    Welcome/prayer requests/altar prayer for troops
    Fellowship Hymn (germ spreadin' time)
    Hymn
    Offertory hymn
    offertory -instrumentalists play and folks whisper
    Choral praise
    Special music
    sermon
    invitation hymn
    announcements
    benediction
     
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    So what is the solution to the McChurch problem?
     
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    Our current one during the Lenten season is,

    1. Opening Hymn

    2. Reading and Meditation on a Station of the Cross from one of the Gospels

    3. Silent Confession of sin

    4. Invocational Prayer by Pastor

    5. Welcome

    6. Prayer Requests

    7. Intercessory Prayer (prayed by Church member)

    8. Announcements

    9. Recognition of Birthdays, Anniversries

    10. Hymn

    11. Offertory Prayer

    12. Offering

    13. Hymn

    14. Hymn

    15. Sermon (30-35 minutes average)

    16. Invitaional Hymn

    17. Benediction by Pastor - Numbers 6:24-26

    18. Closing Prayer (prayed by Church member)
     
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    Are we programmed or what?
     
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    What is wrong with organization? Does the Holy Spirit require chaos in order to work in our midst? Disorganization in worship services plagues many Baptist churches
     
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    I don't believe the hymn sandwich is Biblical. to make church more Biblical, we need to get rid of the traditional pastor role in the meeting.

    The modern pastorate has no real support in scripture. The Bible had elders, home-grown, senior men, prepared by the Spirit who shepherded and taught the flock. There is no indication in scripture that they were to MC the meetings.

    What we do see is that the brethren were supposed to take turns speaking and singing, using their gifts to edify the assembly. We see this in I Corinthians 14, Hebrews 10:24-25, and there are hints of the 'open format' of church meetings in Acts as well.

    Btw, when Paul talked all night, look at the Greek word for 'teach.' It is the root for our word 'dialogue.' He spoke with them all night. Paul was an apostle, btw, not a local church elder.
     
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    How about doing things in a different order? Vary the number of congregational hymns or specials?
    Of course, there are some who will get upset if you break the routine. :rolleyes:

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    TaterTot said:

    "Fellowship Hymn (germ spreadin' time)"

    Am I the only one who detests that part of the service?
     
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    There's nothing better than watching a guy sneeze into his hand and then want to shake yours at the welcome time.
     
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    pew potatoes! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] That cracked me up!!

    It's really not funny though, is it.
     
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    I like the concept of it, but I am a germ freak. People make fun of me b/c I am always washing my hands or spraying lysol, but guess who isn't sick?? :D (knock on wood)
     
  17. Gib

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    A preacher once told me after church, "before we eat, let's go wash the fellowship off our hands."
     
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    One song we're NOT singing that we should . .
     
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    Some churches have announcements first and offering last. :eek: Does that make you a NT church? The First Baptist Church of Jerusalem must have had some order of service. ;)
     
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    But they HAD to have an offering in there somewhere or they wouldn't be Baptist!! :eek:
     

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