Service order

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What is your service like?

  1. The order of service is in the bulletin

    11 vote(s)
    55.0%
  2. The order of service is only known to the worship leaders.

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. We stand for two to five or however many songs, then pray and sit down.

    8 vote(s)
    40.0%
  4. We have a song and pray and have a song and pray and have a song and pray.

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  5. Offering is actually taken up by ushers.

    16 vote(s)
    80.0%
  6. We march up to the front and give.

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  7. There is places to give your offering, but time isn't allotted in the service.

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  8. We usually have a children's sermon.

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  9. We have an altar call or a time of "meditation" at the end.

    14 vote(s)
    70.0%
  10. Other thoughts.

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
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  1. SaggyWoman

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    I guess I have been a part of a more non traditional service for so long that I have gotten annoyed with those which are traditional. Today, I went to a service that had announcements, had a song, had a prayer, had a song, had a prayer, had a song, had a prayer, took up offering, had children's sermon, had a prayer, had big serman, had a prayer, had altar call, had a prayer. STOP ALREADY! And many of the prayers seemed to be gap or time fillers rather than on purpose.

    And bless. The guy filling in for music today was flat. Lord have mercy. And, it seemed like a strong voice from the congregation did more of the leading of the songs than the guy on the podium.

    What is your service like?
     
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  2. tinytim

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    Announcements...
    A corporate bidding prayer...
    Choir
    Congregational hymn
    Devotion by lay minister
    Offerings
    Children dismissed to Jr church
    Fellowship
    Praise Chorus
    Sermon
    Invitation
    Closing remarks
    Benediction
     
  3. I Am Blessed 24

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    Prayer
    Announcements...
    Congregational hymn
    Choir
    Congregational hymn
    Recognizing birthdays and anniversaries, dedicating new babies
    Shaking hands-Fellowship
    Children are dismissed to Junior Church
    45 minute Sermon
    Invitation
    Offering taken by ushers
    Baptism
    Closing prayer
    Dismissed around noon or after (depends on the Holy Spirit)
     
  4. Baptist Believer

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    Our church does not have an altar. :D
     
  5. tinytim

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    Our church does.. .it was on a hill called Calvary! :D :D
     
  6. FriendofSpurgeon

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    Every Sunday is a little different. This is taken from a recent bulletin from the contemporary service; the earlier service is more formal.

    Preparation for Corporate Worship (instrumental - "Come, Now is the Time to Worship")
    Scripture Reading
    Welcome & Announcements
    Call to Worship (responsive reading from the Psalms)
    Prayer of Confession (in unison)
    Songs of Praise
    - "Arise My Soul Arise"
    - "Blessed Be Your Name"
    - "Give us Clean Hands"
    Prayer for Others
    Offering & Special Music
    Scripture Reading (Song of Solomon)
    Sermon
    Reading of the Epistle (Colossians 3 - selected verses)
    The Blessing & Postlude
     
  7. donnA

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    In our new church, if I remember correctly it is,
    handshaking
    singing 4 or 5 songs (possibly a choir only song worked in there, usually I think)
    prayer
    sermon
    prayer
    offering
     
  8. Crabtownboy

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    If Jesus ordained announcements, two hymns, offering and the the sermon why don't you do it that way. Oh, wait, it wasn't Jesus, it was Nashville that 'ordained' this order. :laugh:


    Just kidding. But there are a lot of churches where if you want to get in trouble fast, just try changing the order of service.
     
  9. Alcott

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    No printed or chronological order of service, but a "typical" one would be:

    Videos going as people enter-- recent mission trips, youth activities, projects going on, or theme setters (if that's what they might be called).

    Choir, orchestra, ensemble, solo(s)-- any combination thereof.

    Prayer by musician, or anyone on platform, or welcoming by minister-- sometimes with handshaking protocol.

    Congregation stands for series of songs or medleys (words on screens; we have hymnbooks, but they wouldn't help because it's only parts (if any) of the 'traditional' hymns that are melded in).

    Congregation directed to sit, then music continues, or a special presentation of some type (introduction, drama, film clips,...)-- if music is resumed, there usually comes a point where a few in congregation begin to stand (I don't know if that is deliberately contrived by music ministry), but if the rest don't follow there will probably be a "Will you stand and join in singing..."

    Congregation again directed to sit, while someone on platform prays; while this goes on, the musicians and singers leave the platform.

    Message/sermon... sometimes aided by video clips or artistic presentation of some type.

    Prayer, while ushers go forward.

    Offering (passing the plates), with music and/or singing.

    Photos of new members shown on screens, while minister (usually "Executive Pastor") gives instructions where to go to talk with counselors about membership, baptism, personal concerns, et al; and occasionally ending with persons introduced going on special missions or projects...

    Prayer of dismissal.

    [If communion is observed (about once every 7-8 weeks), the sermon, and sometimes the music, is shortened, and it occurs after the short sermon.]

    ed.: If there are baptisms, they are usually at the beginning before music.
     
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  10. Salty

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    What!!! that is the order of service as ordained by the Apostle Paul in III Timothy! :laugh:

    Since our church is very small, we normally only sing one song - esp since only one person can carry a tune :tonofbricks:

    Our announcements are few. Currently we leave the offering basked up front - with no usher led offering.

    One we get bigger, than things will be a bit more traditional.

    Salty
     
  11. Carolina Baptist

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    Order of service:

    Stand up and sing when the choir dirctor says to
    Sit down when the choir director says to
    Shake hands when the preacher says to
    Wake up when the preacher says AMEN!! :D
     

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