Cross & Crown Lutheran Church | Georgetown, TX

Contemporary Worship

In fall of 2017, Cross & Crown is planning to add a more contemporary worship style to our Sunday morning schedule.  While we worship the same Lord and focus on the same truth of God’s Word, we recognize that individuals may connect in different ways.  Some prefer a more reverent, formal setting and others perhaps a more relational, informal setting.  Our traditional setting connects us to worship forms of the Christian church used for centuries including hymns, liturgies, and responses.  Our contemporary/blended worship connects people to God through a more current style of music and a more casual setting, while still maintaining liturgical elements. At the center of each worship style is the Gospel message of Jesus found in the Word of God.

Providing both styles allows you to pick the style that connects better for you in worship.  We invite you to join us!  We are planning to unofficially begin this style in August 2017 (to work out the details and flow) and officially add it to the schedule Sept. 17th.  Call the church for details or to confirm.

Element Blended/Contemporary
Summary Relational, seeker friendly & more casual, connecting more with current culture. In a blended service, you have both aspects of contemporary and traditional music, but in a more user-friendly approach. The service is designed with the worship experience in mind, working to remove barriers and make it comfortable for the non-churched person to connect with the message/Bible and faith community to be encouraged and uplifted.
Atmosphere Mood would match the service theme but would tend to create a celebratory/praise atmosphere, perhaps a little less formal and more “family-friendly.”
Musical Instruments Music would be primarily guitar/keyboard driven with the use of rhythm, string and contemporary instruments, drums, etc.
Songs Songs would be primarily contemporary from artists such as Chris Tomlin, Stuart Townend, Keith Getty, Matt Redman, Aaron Shust, Matt Maher, etc. as well as traditional hymns done in a contemporary setting.
Choir As we have interest choirs can be added.
Worship Team Every week – this team must commit to regular practice.  Lead and backup voices determined and mic’d appropriately.  Would have a “worship leader” of the team, who could introduce a song or the service.
Liturgies Would include the “heartbeat” elements of liturgy (confession, readings, creed, sacrament) but custom ways – (i.e. music played behind a reading, etc.)
Creed Apostles’, Nicene, or other forms (could sing or say or be read, etc. – creating variety)
Bulletin Elements of service printed – rely more heavily on PowerPoint; perhaps print a service outline
Midweek Advent & Lent NONE
Musicians Worship Team that would consistently rehearse and play together.
Children’s Church To start, same children’s message; Future; provide a worship setting for kids at their level 3 out of 4 Sundays a month.  This would require staffing and resources – possibly 2-3 staff each week.
Sermon Same sermon each service (abbreviated liturgy allows for bit longer sermon – 25-30 min). Might have chair/more casual teaching approach.
Pre-service Might have announcements pre-worship (ppt) with worship start countdown ppt
Prayers Possibly more “ex corde” based on prayer request/needs of the day. Submitted prayer request (more dynamic)
Lord’s Prayer Yes, not bound to use every week.
Ushers Ushers more inside worship area handing out and helping people get seated.  Welcome team more the “front end” vs many individuals standing by the doors. Ushers ok to be casual, etc.
Communion Distribution Current method to start, perhaps in the future consider continuous flow distribution – individual cup only
Where do singers sing In front of the worship area.
Greeting Done by worship leader (lay or pastor) – greeting of people, introduce worship theme and move into opening song. More robust welcome to worship.
Pastoral Garb No gowns
Streaming Yes
Use of video More regularly
Mission Minutes (These are ministry highlights from C&C ministry) Planned and scheduled during offering (sound matches tone/flow of worship)
Guest interaction Use of Welcome Cards; texting info
Dress Casual – Come as you are! – perhaps business casual/jeans for singers
Altar Committee Same as current minus no common cup in this service
Planning Teams Team with individuals to focus on and plan contemporary worship
Preacher/

Presider

Preacher does whole service to provide clear continuity of worship theme.  If lay leader is used, direction given to that individual to ensure clear communication of theme/connections in service