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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by FriendofSpurgeon, Jan 29, 2008.
What best describes your worship service each Sunday morning?
I'd say we're mostly contemporary but that doesn't mean we don't do hymns. But we certainly don't have an organ!
Would that be blended....you know, a "tad" of this, and a "tad" of that? :laugh:
early service is traditional. We call it our "All Hymns All the Time" service
2nd service is more informal, blended.
Some definitions would be useful here. I would for example define 'traditional' as either 1662 Book of Common Prayer with Hymns Ancient and Modern (low church trad) or even the Sarum Liturgy with a bit of Gregorian Plainchant and incense thrown in (high church trad), both of which are also 'liturgical', but then again I'm higher up the candle than most here.
On my definitions we have an 8am low church traditional service followed by a 9-30am Family Service (loosely based on the liturgical Common Worship, particularly if a communion service, but with a contemporary worship band and evangelical sermon, and so I would therefore call it 'blended'), followed by again a more low church liturgical (Common Worship Holy Communion or Morning Prayer) and then an evening 'alternative worship'/'emerging church'-style service ('contemporary'?).
So I ticked 'blended'.
Morning and Evening services are Blended - hymns and worship choruses, done usually in medleys.
The church where I am a member is different every week. One Sunday we have the organ only, the next we will have a full orchestra and the organ, the next week just a piano, then a full-on rock band, then a praise band, then a praise team, then just a guitar, then a guitar and a piano, etc, etc.
It keeps us all on our toes and calls us all to experience worship in different ways! I love it.
I would say blended.
It probably would have been useful to include some definitions -- especially for those not in the States. Also, it is a bit of mix between worship style and worship music. Here's my crack at it -- please feel free to add as you think.
Contemporary -- More a free flow service that may or may not be the same the following week. No set liturgy. Music that is more modern (think praise songs) with various instruments -- not just organ/piano.
Liturgical --- A more formal service with Scripture readings, responsive readings, saying of creeds, Lord's Prayer, communion, etc. The music is normally historical standards.
Traditional -- In between contemporary and liturgical. The service from week to week is pretty much set, but no set liturgy - like reading of creeds, Lord's prayer, etc. The music is normally conservative, historical standards.
Blended --- A mix of any of the three above.
traditional right now...hoping to move toward blended in the near future.
Singing from the Primitive Baptist Hymnal - no instruments
prayer and preaching
lunch (this is "traditional" in most Baptist churches, is it not?:thumbs: )
I said other -
We do what I want to do!
Being a small church - we allow folks to pick favorites - we rotate - women one week - men the next - then children.
How many churches do you know that do that - all the time!
Once - years ago - for several weeks - I preached the sermons first - before singing or anything else - just to be different!
Pretty much blended, but tame. We sing a few hymns, some Southern Gospel, some contemporary songs, some praise choruses. My wife and I have become close friends with our music director, and we recommend songs now and then... not so much for the service, but for inspiration. He is really enjoying Casting Crowns.
This week we had the full choir and orchestra. It was great. The choir sang one song in Spanish, one in English, and one in Latin...very cool!
BTW, the community outreach program at your church seems awesome. It reminds me of Restore St. Louis where our teens spend a portion of their summers.
We are blended. No organ here either. lol
Yeah, that's one of the many, many outreach things we do. I love Lake Ave, even though its not Baptist and I am.
Also, spirit led seem to describe our service the best...