Sunday, September 30, 2012
Is it Church, a Meeting or Both?
Today broke the record for the longest "announcements for the good of the congregation". I try to have patience. Somedays I can be all zen-like and just settle in. Today was not that day. I have never been a fan of live announcements, but I will tolerate them. Sometimes, they really are needed. But, when the announcements take 25 minutes and then you add Joys and Sorrows, it is tempting to just call it a meeting and go home. I come to church to worship. And, yes, part of building a community is sharing, but sometimes enough is enough. Our congregation has a newsletter, weekly email updates, a webpage, a Facebook page and does an Order of Service insert every week. I am not sure why the vast majority of the congregational announcements can not be included in those outlets. One person spoke for ten minutes about the capital campaign. It was useful information, but really deserved a whole separate meeting or a write-up in the newsletter. I just want to start the worship service and as the announcements get longer and longer, I find myself getting more and more irritated. We even had a guest preacher today and I felt bad that we did not value his time enough to stay within the parameters of our hour-long service. What is the solution? What do you all do? How do you manage the process? It is getting to the point that Husband and I are dreading going to church.