The first church I went to was my coach’s church; Hope Christian Reformed Church. I went to a Sunday morning service. The service was very serious and well planned out. I felt as if every minute was planned and we had to follow it to the tee, everything was very robot like. The program was sort of like a conversation filled with chants and paper turning. The “Liturgist” would say something and then the “People” would reply and ten we would sing a song. I felt like I was at a business meeting rather than a place to worship. I did not feel welcome and was slightly uncomfortable. The way the pews were set up felt very welcoming aside from how hard the pews were. The entire atmosphere was very cold and harsh. I felt as if I coughed everyone would turn and scorn me. Every noise seemed to eco against the walls. It was so cold in every sense of the word. The sanctuary was very dim lit. The few lights that were hanging were very low lights the majority of the light came from the stained glass windows. After leaving the service I felt like I could stop holding my breath. I felt like I was at my grandmother’s church while I was there and that if I did anything wrong I would be scorned. I do not think that I would want to go back to this church. I did not feel welcomed during the service which is the most important thing.
The second church I went to was Vineyard Church of Houston. This is a youth church that is a part of a nondenominational church that branched off of The Assemblies of God church. I went to a Tuesday night service. This church was very welcoming. I felt as if I was at a family gathering rather a church service. The service started with free time. Free time is not mandatory it is kind of like an after school program. We can play video games, card games, or even board games. Free time is good for fellowshipping or doing homework really whatever you want to do. When the service actually starts we began with praise and worship. The worship is very contemporary and everyone is too involved in their own worship to care about what is going on next to them. The sermon was also very interactive. The pastor would teach and then ask questions and expect feedback.
1. A historical difference is how the reformed church’s service was very planned out ant the nondenominational one was not. The reformed church had a printed ‘order of worship’. The youth service I went to did not have one because the Assemblies of God religion doesn’t believe in them. They say that “worship should be informal and spontaneous.” The Reformed church was very planned, even down to the songs we would sing, as well as the scripture we would read. The reformed service began with a chant between the congregation and the Liturgist. The Liturgist said something to the people and we had to respond. At the youth service we just jumped right into worship. After the chanting was done at the reformed church we started worship with more chanting in between songs....