Greetings from the Pastor,
The church today is certainty going through some challenging times as it seeks to host worship services for a variety of audiences. The values and interests of today’s younger generations are completely different than the previous generations. The rapid advance of cultural development and technology has also challenged the sociological climate of our society. As a result of all these changes, the church finds itself aggressively seeking answers on how to become a more attractive option to those who seek a church home. There are an unlimited number of publications based upon opinions, ideas, and statistics that offer solutions as to how to enhance today’s worship. Unfortunately, many of the theories associated with worship trends are filtered through the lenses (preferences) of writers based upon personal experiences or past successes.
Our church, as with other congregations, is exploring ways to appeal to multi-generational audiences. In order to meet the needs of a variety of groups we offer three distinct worship services each Sunday morning: a Traditional Service, which models itself after a traditional Methodist worship order; a Praise Service (formerly Contemporary Service), which is music and Word centered; and a Blended Service, which offers a praise entrance that blends into a traditional order.
The further challenge of our church’s worship team is to identify specific liturgical activities that could enhance one’s worship experience. While no worship order can appeal to everyone, questions regarding such matters as the starting and closing time of worship, length of announcements, the use of technology, types of music, the use of robes, the transitional times between readings, and the setting of the altar area are samples of what the worship team examines each week.
The simple response to this issue is to offer one worship style and just hope everyone comes to our church. We know, however, that when it comes to matters of the faith, nothing is simple. God has called us to be the church. We just happened to be called during this complex and transitional period of history.