January 4, 2004

Today's Church Service

Karol and I went to one of the two churches we attend. We still have not made up our minds, which church to join.

I rather like this one, even though it is very small. They usually have between 60 and 90 people in attendance.

They always start their service singing the hymn, ''This is the day the Lord hath made.'' I think that is rather nice. It starts the service off with giving thanks. That’s not a bad way to start a service.

I’d like to see them make a processional out of it. I’d like to see the choir and the pastor march to the front of the church as everyone sings. This hymn has sort of a march cadence to it and I think it would work well – even if they had to sing it twice.

The pastor runs a tight ship from a scheduling standpoint. We start and end on time. I like that. I’m a bit of a stickler for good scheduling.

Today he read a passage of scripture without comment. I thought that was rather non sequitur. However, later, when he gave his sermon, he related back to the passage. He talked about how we should not waste our time. We need to concentrate on the truly important stuff. He challenged congregation to put God at the top of their priority list. He had a good anecdote about enjoying the present.

They had communion today, which is not a bad way to start the year. I rather like the way they do it. It’s more formal, but I think it gives it more meaning.

In spite of the time to do the communion, the pastor was still done about the same time. As I say, he’s a good scheduler.

Posted by Ted at January 4, 2004 6:15 PM