Although about 8 years ago I switched from a church with 200 in one morning service to one currently with around 2000+ in 3 morning services, I tend to think having video and Powerpoint presentations almost all service long is a current trend unlikely to be reversed. Along with the musical "prelude," there are photos, drawings, acronyms, or scripture verses, going all the time. Then when the service actually starts, even though hymnals are in the racks, there seems to be no need of them; not only because we don't sing many 'hymns' that they contain, but the lyrics are posted on the video screens. Then there may be a video presentation where a churh member shares a word or 'testimony'-- as if they can't do that live, in-person-- or sometimes a clip from a movie or documentary to 'illustrate' a point in the upcoming sermon, or a promotional bit from a mission organization. During the sermon the scripture passages(s) and outline are shown, and sometimes the clips are inserted at that time. Then during the offering, sometimes another filmclip or artistic presentation accompanies the music or singing. And finally, we have just recently started showing the photos of new member candidates, who came in the invitation the week before (or earlier than that) to vote them 'in' then, instead of when they first came forward. I am not stating a position 'for' or 'against' all this video screen use, but I can say that this might be another trend to reduce the amount of personal involvement for the average person in a worship service. We don't look up hymns or Bible verses on our own (unless we just want to); we don't try to visualize the preacher's illustrations or the subject of the music, because someone else's idea of such is put on the screen; and if we have anything to say to the assembly usually it's done by videocamera, where we can do any number of 'takes' to make it look right. Does your church make such use of video screens, and what is your opinion as to their value or 'unvalue'?