Please read the following descriptions of 3 worship styles. Then answer the questions through the button link. Thank you!
A traditional or liturgical style of worship is characterized by:
Repeated “set” pieces of music and responses as parts of the service including chanting.
Hymns as musical choices. Hymns are generally unrepeated verses in 3rd person with at least 4 verses.
Musical leadership comes from an organ or choir or cantor.
Actions are generally subdued and volume and rhythm are unvaried.
A contemporary or praise style of worship is characterized by:
Varied use of prayers and testimony
Use of praise songs, sometimes several in a “set”. Praise music is primarily in 1st or 2nd person. Verses and choruses are repeated several times.
Musical leadership is primarily through a music team including guitars, keyboard, drums and several voices.
Strong expressions of worship are encouraged with varying volume and rhythm.
A “blended” service (by this definition) is characterized by:
A discernible order of service but no set liturgical pieces.
Use of hymns and some praise music.
Musical leadership is by a small music team with piano and acoustic guitars but no drums.
The overall mood is more relaxed than a traditional service and less expressive than a contemporary service.
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