1/28/10

Attending a Mormon church service




I wish other churches had movies like this, because everyone does things differently and it's nice to know what's expected of you before you attend. What things are the same or unique about your church services?

7 comments:

  1. You know, when I was a girl our family went to the Episcopal church... my friends never wanted to go with me because they felt so uncomfortable with all of the standing up, sitting down, kneeling etc. To me it was just normal but to them it seemed like they never knew what was expected of them. A video like this would have been a very good thing!

    And I know I have told you this before, but I absolutely adore your layout here! It looks so clean and fresh yet still so cozy and old fashioned. It's a very unique look.☺

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  2. I went to a Mormon service once. It reminded me of Baptist and with lots of testimonies.

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  3. Are visitors not expected to take the sacrament or not allowed to?

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  4. Danielle — Not expected. We take the sacrament to remind us of our baptismal covenants and of Christ's sacrifice. So if you're a baptized member, it has a slightly different meaning. Visitors can participate or just pass it along, whatever makes them comfortable.

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  5. Cool. I just asked, because in my mom's denomination, Eastern Orthodox, they don't let you take it if you aren't baptized Orthodox. In other churches I have been to that are Protestant (like community churches), I have heard them say something like, "Please only take communion if you are SUUUURRE you are saved". Different strokes for differnt folks.

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  6. Very interesting!

    Our services are about an hour long. We start with a hymn and the priest comes in, then there are opening prayers, and we ask forgiveness for sins as a group and sing the Gloria (giving glory to God). Then we have the Liturgy of the Word, which includes a selected reading from each the Old Testament, the Psalms, the New Testament, and then the Gospel. The readings at every Catholic mass in the world are the same on any given day, except perhaps for special masses, like funerals and weddings. The priest or deacon gives the homily (sermon), and then we have the Profession of Faith where we say the Nicene Creed (sometimes the Apostles' Creed if it's a childrens' mass... not because kids believe different things, just because it's all true too, but it's shorter and easier for kids to memorize).

    Then we have the presentation of the gifts, which is when we pass the collection baskets, and the bread, water, and wine are brought forward to the altar. We sing a hymn during this.

    The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the second part of mass, and includes the consecration. During the consecration the priest has a choice of a number of different sets of prayers, but they all explain the death and resurrection of Jesus, and repeat Jesus' words at the last supper. It's during the consecration that the bread turns into Jesus' body and the water and wine turn into His blood (transubtantiation, if you want the big fancy word for it, lol). This is also the time that we recite the Our Father as a congregation. There is a procession for Communion, which just means that we get in line and go to the front of the church to receive the sacrament. We sing a third hymn during Communion.

    Kids younger than seven or so (the age of reason, or when they really can understand and be held responsible) don't take communion, and people who are not Catholic don't either. This is because we believe that the host and the wine truly are the body and blood of Jesus and in order to really be the one body of the Church everyone should believe that same thing when having Communion. Also, Catholics shouldn't receive Communion if they have a grave or mortal sin on their conscience.

    There's a silent prayer and meditation after Communion. Then the priest says the final Communion prayer, does any announcements, says the closing prayers, and we sing the closing hymn while he walks out with the altar boys and the candles and cross and lectionary (the big book with all the readings for each day organized in it). The mass ends with an injunction to go out and preach or to live the Gospel or live in peace... there are a number of choices in the vernacular languages. Our priest generally says, "Go now, to love and serve the Lord." The traditional Latin translates to "Go, it is the dimissal (missa)". This is where the words "mass" and "mission" come from.

    There is a bunch of sitting, kneeling, standing, and reciting prayers during all that, but if you pretty much do whatever the people around you do, no worries. And no one would notice if you don't know the words to things and just stayed quiet. But there's a book in the pew called a missalette that has all the parts and prayers and words in it to follow along.

    Wow! Sorry that's so long... it just got kinda long once I got started. I think it needs cute animation like yours had, lol. :) I'm just fascinated by how different churches celebrate services and how that is a manifestation of their doctrine and beliefs!

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  7. We attend an Every Nation church (http://www.everynation.org/). We have a worship time for the first half hour of church. During this time we sing praise and worship songs (like you would find on Christian radio, not hymns). Some people lift their hands while singing-an act of surrender, reaching out to our Father-this is something that should be done because you feel moved to, not because you feel obligated to.
    We then have an announcement time. If anyone has a testimony to share they do it now. Then, on the first weekend of the month we take communion. Afterward the children go to children's church and our pastor delivers a sermon to the adults.

    Thanks for sharing, everyone! I love to hear the different ways we worship.

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