Okay, so we've been over why church is boring
, and what we can do to get more out of it.
Steve (FSF) suggested that we could make it more interesting by changing the services rather than our attitude toward them:We need some energetic preaching, use of power point and video, and revamp that hymn book entirely. Also need a modern gospel choir. I'll bring my tambourine to church if someone else will join me, but can the LDS church handle that kind of individual radicalism?
I'm sure there have been plenty of threads on how we could logically change the service to get more out of it -- drop Sunday School, for example, or make the whole thing only two hours instead of three, etc.
But use your imaginations, here: if you could change the service to make it more interesting to you
, what would you change? How would it be? More music? More soul? More preaching?
Anything goes, but do keep the following in mind:
1. It must be a PG-rated service (ie, no strippers, but some hellfire and damnation is acceptable).
2. The Spirit must still be able to be present -- otherwise, what's the point?
Personally, I'd revamp the hymnbook -- but not in the direction Steve suggests. Rather, give me some of that old-time praise: Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart. I'd get real choirs in there with some really inspiring choral music. And I'd add a bit of gothic architecture -- the sort of architecture that makes you feel insignificant in the presence of God -- and stained-glass windows and other pretty (if not entirely useful) things.
If you brought a tambourine to church, on the other hand, I'd be one of the first people out the door.
How about the rest of you?