“I cannot stand that loud music,” said Henry Brown, a leader in his congregation.
“But, if it will help us reach a younger crowd on Sundays, as long as it is at a different time than the sacred 11:00 a.m. worship, and I do not have to attend it or hear that music when I arrive at church, then I guess we can have it.”
With that the board of Hope Church voted to start a new contemporary worship service.
“Have you seen some of those things they are doing in what they call their worship service?” exclaimed Claire Yarborough in response to the new emergent worship service meeting in the old church worship center at Council Road Church.
“I am not sure it is Christian. I know it is not faithful to our denominational heritage.”
Claire was not the only person who felt this way. The opposition in the congregation to the new worship service that had been meeting for almost two years was growing.
Claire continued. “We need to get a group of our leaders to attend that service and see what is going on. We may need to stop that service, and get rid of the worship leader. We particularly do not want our pastor doing some of those things in our worship service!”
She was referring to the interpretive movement—dancing as she called it—that was part of the worship experiences. Additionally, the meditation exercises and the unusual and casual way they partake of Communion seemed out of character to their denominational heritage.