Some time ago our church voted to reduce prayer meeting from one hour to 45 minutes to accomodate the choir. The choir wanted to get their hour of choir practice in and get home by 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday night. The church councils answer to accomplishing this was not to start prayer meeting earlier. Their answer was to shave off fifteen minutes. Here is the problem. By the time the Pastor speaks for a half hour, the prayer portion only has fifteen minutes for prayer bands to pray. This is an important part of our prayer meeting. We need thirty minutes to do this. Repeated requests to restore prayer meeting to an hour have gone unanswered. Add to that the fact the choir of twelve people shows up during prayer meeting. They sit back in the foyer and chitchat, which disturbs our prayer. The choir director even begins going up to the podium and getting things ready for choir practice which distracts our prayer. (They could join our prayer meeting, but do not.) I want to know two things. Is there any other Baptist church out there that gives up prayer meeting time to the choir? Any other prayer meeting out there that only lasts 45 minutes?