The Right Mix of Music (Visiting Church #4)

The Right Mix of Music (Visiting Church #4)

52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common FaithThe church is a traditional looking building, constructed of brick and stately in appearance. In checking out the sanctuary, I anticipate the service will be just as Facebook promised: a blending of traditional and contemporary.

The service begins with several familiar choruses. A few people lift their hands in praise, though this is limited and low-key. A team of four leads us: the worship leader on guitar, vocalist, keyboard, and the minister on bass; the drums sit idle. The piano isn’t used during the singing, but is expertly played for the prelude, offertory, and postlude.

After a time of singing, several announcements are given. The church is a busy place and there’s much information to share. A glance at the bulletin reveals activity every day of the week.

The children are excused and the offering follows, accompanied by an impressive piano performance. At its conclusion, applause breaks forth. I’m a bit uncomfortable with this, wondering if we’re worshiping God with our hands or praising an accomplished musician.

The minister is in the second week of a series on the book of first John. Using an expository style—going verse by verse—he guides us through the text, zeroing in on 1 John 2:16, which is the impetus for his sermon title, “Pollution Free.” We need to guard against the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—thereby controlling the pollution in our lives.

We conclude the service singing a well-known hymn.

I’m impressed with how they successfully integrated hymns and choruses into their worship service, melding the old and new, being both traditional and contemporary. It was an enjoyable experience and I’m glad we were there.

[Read about Church #3 and Church #5, start at the beginning of our journey, or learn more about Church #4.]

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