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Praise and Worship Service: Success

Not much time to update, but I wanted to note that yesterday's Praise and Worship service went off very well. Someone counted, there were over 100 in attendance. Technically, there was very little in the way of glitches. No, it wasn't perfect, but I wasn't expecting it to be perfect. It went great.

Lots of the worshipers were members that I've seen at the other 11:00 service, and I heard that attendance at the traditional service was low yesterday. I suspect a lot of that was curiosity and will die down in a few weeks. We'll have a real idea about what attendance will be like after we've had a month or so of services, I think. I've also heard some people saying that they are inviting friends and neighbors who aren't generally interested in traditional services. That's what we're really hoping for, so I hope that works out.

Anyway, it's really exciting, but I'm generally too busy to write much more about it.



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Jan. 14th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
P&W service? Is this something new your church is doing?
Jan. 14th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yes. We've been actively working up to having the service for about six months now. Yesterday was our first service.

I'm in the band, I play guitar.
Jan. 14th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Very cool! What's the format of the service? Is it all music? How long? Before/after/concurrent with other services? I forget what denom. church you attend.
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
It's a pretty straight-forward service, and the order of worship is pretty familiar. Instead of hymns, the music is Christian-Pop/Rock. Lyrics, Bible verses, etc. are projected on a screen. Worshipers are encouraged to stand, sit, kneel, etc. as they feel led. I attend a United Methodist Church.

Here's what the last service looked like:

Call To Worship
Music For Gathering (band and congregation)
Greeting And Announcements
Songs Of Praise (band and congregation, 2 songs)
Song of Prayer (keyboard background music)
Prayers Of The People
The Lord's Prayer
Offering (band plays offertory, congregation invited to participate)
Words For Going Forth (benediction)
Music For Going Forth (band reprise of half of the opening song)
Jan. 14th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yes... hope it works out!
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