This thread is on things that go on in church, or in a church service that distract from worship or service. For example: The worship "service" by definition is a place of not only worship but service. Recognizing that each member of the assembly can and should contribute as they have been gifted by the Holy Spirit and appointed to the task to be expressed with their whole heart. (Colossians 3). Such service should be expected and viewed by others as reasonable, holy, and a sacrifice acceptable to God. (Romans 12). And the service is a divine appointment in which the believer may know strength from God in the service. (1 Timothy). Yet, most assemblies have become so "performance" oriented, that folks would clap and even give a standing ovation for "mere service." To me clapping in a service in response to some "presentation" of talent is an offense of worship and of service. Another example: The casual chatter that folks engage in rather than preparing their hearts by quiet meditation. I attended a church in which the stage band was banging out so loud, folks were shouting in the isles. Such are an offense of worship and service and have no place in the presence of Christ. What might you consider a distraction from worship and service?