Many of the churches I’ve visited in the past 1 1/2 years are quite noisy in their sanctuary before the service. Occasionally I’ve commented on this. Recently I stopped by Trinity Presbyterian to check out their service. Finding the sanctuary doors closed, and a dark interior with few people seated, I queried Associate Pastor Tammy Letts about what might be happening. She explained they were experimenting with creating a more worshipful environment and attitude. The way they’re doing this is by keeping the doors closed until the 10:30 a.m. service start time. Before that time, worshipers are free to go inside if they choose to do so. But it is into what is clearly a reverent environment. At 10:30 the doors are thrown open. The congregation enters to the joyful sound of music and the service commences.
To all those churches who already demonstrate reverence in their worship places, I say “good job”! To those churches experimenting to create a more reverent environment, I applaud your efforts. To those churches who are beset with irreverent noise, I urge you to visit other churches who are addressing this issue, and then experiment with your own solutions. The Lord says, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” I’ve not noticed any significant background noise levels on previous Trinity visits but I’m always pleased to note when a church is continually striving to improve their worship environment and experience. Best wishes to Trinity for a successful continuation of this experiment.