Athens, GA – Younger members of Lowland Christian Church now refer to the Contemporary Service as the Traditional Service.  Sue Allen, member of the worship team, was baffled by the new label:  “In the mid-90s we started this cutting-edge service with guitar, bass, and drums.  The service at the time was so traditional.  They sang the same songs for years.  It was always the same old thing.”  Allen also explained the opposition to starting the new service from the older generation: “They said our music and instrumentation was unholy and secular, and we wanted to divide the church, but we persevered.”

Upon visiting the Contemporary Service, we heard songs like “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” (with hand motions) and “Shout to the Lord.”

Allison Barber, 21, explained how they were trying to start a new service with newer popular songs (e.g., “Build Your Kingdom Here” and “Oceans”) and sounds.  “They have played the same songs for years.  It’s always the same old thing.”  She continued, “They don’t notice it, and they don’t want us to start a new service.  They say Lecrae sounds irreverent, and that a new service will contribute to division.”


 

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