Once in a while, I'd love to experience the following at my own church on a Sunday morning.
1. a completely a capella worship time in place of instrumental accompaniment
Nothing beats the beauty of 500 voices singing God's praises in unison.
2. the tithe collected in silence, with only music playing
Tithing is, after all, an act of worship.
3. no one getting up to leave or return from their seat for a whole five minutes
Be still and know that I am God. Be still.
4. dancing...and I don't mean jiggling or swaying
5. a dresses-only day (for women and girls, that is)
Not a conviction, not even a habit, but I enjoy seeing ladies dress as such.
6. all men in suits and ties
I love suits. My man in a suit and tie especially.
7. congregants bringing hand-held percussion instruments with which to worship
The children would be actively engaged here...a very good alternative for non-readers.
8. the service led by mature teens who are doctrinally sound, articulate, and passionate for God
I have someone in mind.
9. a men's choir
Remember angels in the Bible had names like Michael and Gabriel.
10. a very big orchestra
My favorites would include trumpets, violins, flutes, and a harp. I know electric instruments are practical and even sound good when skillfully played, but I'd rather see the volume increased by the number of instruments, not by the turn of a dial.
11. a drama
The talent in our midst is only being tapped annually. Time's fleeting!
12. a time of turning to one another and greeting them, cued from the pulpit
I appreciate this practice most when I visit another church. Takes the tension out a bit and helps me feel not ignored. Some folks (me included) just need to be prompted.