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    toldailytopic: The ideal church service. How long? How much worship? What type of message? etc. If you were in charge, what would your service be like?






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      Retirement and healthcare center church services.

      I realize that to some this may not be on the cutting edge of praise and worship and giving forth of the word. But it is what we, Mrs Psalmist and me, do best; it is an exciting time to be serving the Lord and the dear Treemont resident's that the Lord has sent us to.

      It is in these five areas that we keep in mind -
      • Keep a faithful Christian witness
      • Remind the resident's of Jesus' love and faithfulness
      • Bring a message of help and hope, and heaven
      • That Jesus is the message and plan of salvation.
      • That each resident is loved and cared for, and will not be forgotten.

      We have two church services at a retirement/healthcare center.

      2:00 p.m. for assisted living and hospice care.
      • We spend time with our healthcare residents before the 2:00 p.m. service is in healthcare.
      • The service is 40-45 minutes long.
      • They love to sing, and singing is what they do best, so we sing 6-8 old hymns that they remember. They are affectionately called "The Lord's Sweet Singers of Israel"
      • The residents are given an opporunity to speak of their love for Jesus if they would like to.
      • The message is brief, it is kept inside of 20 minutes, it is more of devotional Jesus centered message, we keep short since they tend to fall asleep, or start getting a little restless.
      • And a closing hymn.

      The 3:00 p.m. for the independent living.
      • The service is about 45 minutes.
      • We sing 4-5 hymns.
      • Address their prayer concerns, and pray for those concerns.
      • They are given the opportunity to (remember) "Testify"
      • The message is kept inside of 25 minutes. The message is centered around Jesus, help and hope, and heaven our final home; and we can openly address the subjects of salvation, sin and forgiveness, death and the hereafter.
      • We close with a hymn.
      • And spend time with them after the service.

      Is it worth it? Yes! And the blessings are numerous, yet it would be difficult to recount them all, but we are so thankful the sent us, to care for those that He has placed in our life.
      Last edited by Psalmist; November 9th, 2009, 07:35 PM.
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      • #4
        Dear Psalmist

        Originally posted by Psalmist View Post

        Retirement and healthcare center church services.

        I realize that to some this may not be on the cutting edge of praise and worship and giving forth of the word. But it is what we, Mrs Psalmist and me, do best; it is an exciting time to be serving the Lord and the dear Treemont resident's that the Lord has sent us to.

        It is in these five areas that we keep in mind -
        • Keep a faithful Christian witness
        • Remind the resident's of Jesus' love and faithfulness
        • Bring a message of help and hope, and heaven
        • That Jesus is the message and plan of salvation.
        • That each resident is loved and cared for, and will not be forgotten.

        We have two church services at a retirement/healthcare center.

        2:00 p.m. for assisted living and hospice care.
        • We spend time with our healthcare residents before the 2:00 p.m. service is in healthcare.
        • The service is 40-45 minutes long.
        • They love to sing, and singing is what they do best, so we sing 6-8 old hymns that they remember. They affectionately called "The Lord's Sweet Singers of Israel"
        • The residents are given an opporunity to speak of their love for Jesus if would like to.
        • The message is brief, it is kept inside of 20 minutes, it is more of devotional Jesus centered message, we keep short since they tend to fall asleep, or start getting a little restless.
        • And a closing hymn.

        The 3:00 p.m. for the independent living.
        • The service is about 45 minutes.
        • We sing 4-5 hymns.
        • Address their prayer concerns, and pray for those concerns.
        • They are given the opportunity to (remember) "Testify"
        • The message is kept inside of 25 minutes. The message is centered around Jesus, help and hope, and heaven our final home; and we can openly address the subjects of salvation, sin and forgiveness, death and the hereafter.
        • We close with a hymn.
        • And spend time with them after the service.

        Is it worth it? Yes! And the blessings are numerous, yet it would be difficult to recount them all, but we are so thankful the sent us, to care for those that He has placed in our life.
        I can testify to the importance of Worship Service in extended care facilities. I worked in Geriatrics for the last few years of my nursing career. I was absolutely delighted with the love that came my way from my residents. One little lady who was confined to wheel chair transportation thought I was her mother. She would stretch her arms to me and exclaim "mamma! mamma!" Often her daughter s would be there as we hugged each other. Her love for me was as comforting to me as mine was for her. Due to my husband's illness we are unable to attend church but we worship together on a daily basis. He too, is sometimes not sure who I am but he still enters into prayer with me. Good habits are a lasting blessing. peace, bybee

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        • #5
          I'm pretty happy with how my church does it so I'll describe that..

          The entire service is about 90 minutes. An approximate breakdown is 30 minutes for worship. 10-15 minutes for announcements or special music or a brief talk from a special visitor. Then the rest of the time for the sermon.

          I think it keeps things moving enough that people's attention stays up but still long enough that it doesn't feel too rushed. My personal max for a service would probably be about 2 hours (and my church's services used to be around that but throughout the years they have shortened it, probably to make it more "friendly" in this new era of the emergent or post-modern church)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kmoney View Post
            An approximate breakdown is 30 minutes for worship...
            Please describe what you mean by worship.
            "It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last." - Leonardo da Vinci

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            • #7
              Originally posted by elohiym View Post
              Please describe what you mean by worship.
              Praise and worship. Music, singing, etc.

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              • #8
                Worship= 20 minutes. Message = 30 to 40 minutes. BAM!

                All services need to be converted to MP3's for later reference.
                http://prolifeprofiles.com/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Knight View Post

                  toldailytopic: The ideal church service. How long? How much worship? What type of message? etc. If you were in charge, what would your service be like?
                  Let's start with Sunday...Out of doors--either along the banks of a river or overlooking a vista with rolling hills (I have two particular places, both nearby, in mind). The message would be relatively short and devotional in nature with a period of prayer and observation of God's gift in nature just prior. Two hymns, sung acapella, would begin and end the service. After which, people would be encouraged to remain in fellowship and would bring food for a general picnic together.

                  A mid week study for more serious and interactive consideration of particular passages and books would be offered as well.
                  You aren't what you eat, but you're always what you swallow.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by elohiym View Post
                    Please describe what you mean by worship.
                    I don't worry too much about the style of worship music, but the focus should be on Him. When the words are too much about me rather about His worthiness to be praised, it seems that the focus is off. This is true of old hymns as well. I for example prefer the song, "Oh Worship the King", to the song "I have decided to follow Jesus". That is not to say that "I have decided to follow Jesus" is not a great song, it just doesn't really meet my definition of praise, as well.

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                    • #11
                      I really enjoy our praise and worship time (Music with reflections made by the worship leader about the LORD in order to direct our focus).

                      I'd love a service filled with men calling out AMEN. I don't hear enough of that lately. I quietly give my amens ... but I would be so encouraged about life if I could just hear more strong men saying it with enthusiasm.

                      My pastor uses a teaching style when dealing with the WORD and is good at organizing his points ... but the thing I like about him the most is that he stands up for God's will ... and speaks out bravely against evil ... such as abortion, etc.

                      Our service is a mixture of traditional aspects and new praise and worship styles. I like this... I find comfort in some of the traditions, but really like the personal lyrics of the new songs.

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                      • #12
                        As I want to be a pastor one day, I've given this some thought.

                        One BIG problem I have with most services I attend these days is that they are primarily passive in nature. Very few congregants are actively a part of the service, something I find unfortunate. Read On Liturgical Theology for a fuller treatment of what I have just forwarded. With that in mind....

                        Most of the service would involve as many of the congregants as possible. The music would be blended (but this is an overdone and over-discussed topic). The worship leaders would NOT be in front of the congregation. Ideally, there would be a large and elevated stained-glass window in the front of the church, which would feature the Gospel in some form. Thus, as the congregants sing their attention is drawn upward and focused on the central message of the church.

                        Prayer would be pastoral in parts and congregational in parts. The Scripture for the day would be read at the beginning of the service so that the people would have the opportunity to meditate on the passage for the sermon. Music, whenever possible, would geared to highlight the central theme of the passage for the day.

                        The service would end in the Lord's Supper, which I prefer to call the Eucharist for linguistic and theological reasons. As the pastor, I would literally break the bread in front of the congregation. I've been told by some that this has a fairly dramatic effect on the partakers. Imagine a quiet sanctuary in which a loud cracking sound is heard just as the words "this is His body broken..." are spoken. The congregation would then come forward to receive the bread and wine.

                        Finally, each service would end with a fellowship meal.

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                        • #13
                          Our service is fairly liturgical. It begins with announcements and greeting one another. Then the call to worship, a responsive reading from God's Word, followed by a hymn. This is followed by a corporate confession of sin and the pastor's assurance of pardon to the believer. The offering is taken, followed by the pastoral prayer at the end of which the entire congregation recites the Lord's Prayer. We sing another hymn and then the sermon is preached, followed by a closing hymn. Once a month we have communion after the sermon - on that Sunday we also recite the Apostle's Creed. The only thing I would change is to take communion every week.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ps82 View Post
                            I really enjoy our praise and worship time (Music with reflections made by the worship leader about the LORD in order to direct our focus).

                            I'd love a service filled with men calling out AMEN. I don't hear enough of that lately. I quietly give my amens ... but I would be so encouraged about life if I could just hear more strong men saying it with enthusiasm.

                            My pastor uses a teaching style when dealing with the WORD and is good at organizing his points ... but the thing I like about him the most is that he stands up for God's will ... and speaks out bravely against evil ... such as abortion, etc.

                            Our service is a mixture of traditional aspects and new praise and worship styles. I like this... I find comfort in some of the traditions, but really like the personal lyrics of the new songs.
                            In some churches, saying "AMEN!" is like saying sick’em to a Bull Dog.

                            I noticed to that some of the more prominent congregations clap (applaude) the pastor instead of an "Amen brother!" To me that clapping is like TV's Oscar night.
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                            .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                            .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                            Psalm 25:1

                            Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                            The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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                            • #15
                              When we get to Heaven it will be for eternity. That works for me.
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