Most protestant church services these days all look relatively similar. They include most if not all of the following within a timespan of an hour to an hour and a half:
- Multiple prayers by different people throughout the service
- Music (worship)
- Communion (sometimes)
But why is it done this way? There is definitely no guideline or command in the Bible towards any particular format at all, yet church services are all done the same way. Is it tradition? Has this format been proven to be the most effective? What are the reasons we do church the way we do it today?
I really don’t know, but I also have not studied the topic much. Have you ever thought about this? Do you like the current format of church services? If not, what don’t you like, and why? What would you change, if you were able to change anything you wanted? What would be your ideal church service format, and what would be your philosophy behind your changes?
I have some of my own thoughts on this, but I will save them for another post. I am very interested in getting some feedback on this topic though if you would be willing to share your thoughts. Please share your thoughts and opinions and comment below.