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Pondering worship

Do you attend church? Temple? I was raised going to church almost every Sunday and for the last 40 years Terry and I have continued that practice. I love worshipping with other believers, preferably in a beautiful place. These are other elements I love:

  • An order of service
  • Organ music
  • Stained glass
  • Candles
  • Hymns
  • Prayer
  • Bible reading
  • Applicable sermon
  • Pews
  • About one hour in length

Am I asking too much? I was beginning to think so. Many churches have begun to look and sound more like a night club than a church. It’s necessary to attract younger people.  Or to attract non-church goers. Not a bad thing at all. Except for  me.

I attended a classical music concert at a nearby Presbyterian Church last winter. Not only was the music lovely with the addition of the church’s organ, but the visual appeal was evident. Midcentury architecture with a colored glass ceiling overhead and stained glass windows lining the sides of the large room. Plenty of wood and there were pews. I was delighted when I found that this congregation still had traditional services with all those things that I listed above.

Having attended this Presbyterian church a few Sundays here and there since April, I am swooning over the experience. As I left last Sunday’s service, I stopped and told the minister that it was like an oasis in the desert.

I believe we should all have a place to worship that makes us comfortable. After all these decades of attending a Baptist church that I have loved, now I am pondering if I should make a change.