21 November 2009

yuk, yuk, yuk...

So here's a promo I'm thinking about doing for St. Paul's on Issues Etc., since we're a sponsor of the show:

Think big screens belong in the movie theater, not at church?

Think garage bands should stay in the garage, not jam in front of the altar?

We do too!

Come join us at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hamel, Illinois for services that are reverent, traditional, and vibrant.

Saturday evening Divine Service at 6; Sunday morning Divine Services at 7:45 and 10. Sunday school and Bible Class for all ages at 9.

We'd love for you to join us! And don't worry: not a big screen or garage band in sight. Promise.

[Not this:]


[Just this:]

21 comments:

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

I think it would be cool if for the Hamel photo you have a picture of reading the Gospel among the people. It gets the whole Bible and congregation in the picture. :)

William Weedon said...

Alas, I don't really have a good one of that.

Anonymous said...

perhaps an additional word to describe such worship ...

...reverent, RELEVANT, traditional, and vibrant.

Scott Larkins said...

O.K. Our LCD's aren't THAT big. What parish is that?

mlorfeld said...

I don't really take issue with the screens... actually that setup is one of the more aesthetic setups I've seen... what is more offensive to me is the blatant disregard for our Lord's Word right behind the altar in that tabernacle. As I quipped once, "what part of 'Eat' and 'Drink' do you not understand?"

Pastor Zip said...

I rather like the radio ad one canfind here.

-C said...

Not a huge fan of parish advertising, really, BUT the parish for which I work did a spot in the local newspaper a few years ago which just said, "A Joyful Taste of Tradition."

William Weedon said...

Matt,

The tabernacle doesn't bother me. What bothers me (besides the horrid screens) is the absolute emptiness of the space. Cistercian simplicity on steroids, I suppose. But YUCK. It could be any church (save for the tabernacle). No statue? No corpus? No processional cross and torches? No images?

William Weedon said...

Cha,

I like that!

mlorfeld said...

Well... I have none of the above. Just a simple empty cross that we place on a music stand draped in linen... so, I can't be too critical. A crucifix is something I would like us to have once we build, but in the band room at the high school, we have to fit everything into a file cabinet and our portable altar.

William Weedon said...

Totally understandable, Matt, in that situation. But obviously the Roman Church is NOT lacking in funds. They simply chose a very Vatican II sterile look. I think it rather sad. I read somewhere that Greeley was appalled at his Church when it looked like this. He bought them a bunch of statues, insisting that it would be impossible to remain catholic without such art. Shades of the intuition of the Seventh Ecumenical there...

Scott Larkins said...

I was just thinking.....that one thing you won't find in a Catholic or Orthodox Church is a damn video screen. Me thinks that says something. Screams something.

mlorfeld said...

The Church pictured on the left I presume IS a Roman church... Then again, there might be a Sacred Heart Lutheran Church with a Tabernacle in plain view.

Scott Larkins said...

I can't imagine that's a Roman Catholic Church. RC's are required to display a Crucifix.

christl242 said...

was just thinking.....that one thing you won't find in a Catholic or Orthodox Church is a damn video screen. Me thinks that says something. Screams something.

Oh, do a little googling, Scott. You'll find Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, shoot, just about every denomination with screens.

And some Anglican/Episcopal churches also have tabernacles, so I'm wondering if this photo is definitively one of a Catholic church? Just curious. Most RC churches will have crucifixes.

Christine

Scott Larkins said...

I stand corrected. I guess there are a FEW Roman Catholic Parishes that have them. I have yet to find an Orthodox Church with a screen.

Pastor Zip said...

Well, not a video screen.

Dixie said...

LOL @Pastor Zip! Yes, and our screens do have images!

At my brother's RCC church they have screens off to each side similar to this but projection screens, not LCDs. The screens are down as people are taking their seats and the announcements scroll across them. The church has over 10,000 members (probably closer to 13,000) so there are A LOT of announcements...but before mass the screens are retracted up and are invisible for the service.

I think the first use of big screens I saw was at a Jethro Tull concert.

DebD said...

Alas, I have seen a screen at an Coptic Orthodox church. It was above the Iconostasis...so instead of our noses stuck in a book it was practically looking up at the ceiling.

DebD said...

oh, I meant to add - I like the 2nd picture since it has my dad and nephew in it. ;)

William Weedon said...

That's not your nephew. That's Scott! :)