We're back in Midland after spending most of last week in TN visiting my inlaws. On the way back yesterday, we stopped over in Richmond, KY to visit some old friends from our Lexington days; we took in church at First Baptist in Richmond and had lunch with said friends before getting back on I-75.
A few not-quite-random notes on a solid service-
(1) The pacing of the song seemed a bit off, which can happen when you go from church to church, but they were off in different directions. The 45 got shifted to 33 for Beautiful One, then got cranked to 78 for Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (by comparison, Sister Act's take would have been a slow-jam), then back on a normal level for a Here I Am to Worship.
(2) Is old-school now doing praise songs from the 20th century? From yesterday's slate Here I Am to Worship was 1999, Above All was 1999, Open the Eyes of My Heart was 2000 (still 20th century if you're a definitional purist) and only Beautiful One (2004) was from the 00s. That's refreshing, since I'm more accustomed to worship programmers using stuff that's off of their favorite praise-meister's last album.
(3) How do you functionally give yourself to the Lord? You don't fit in the offering plate. The sermon was on the feeding of the 5000, but the hermeneutic of being open to being used falls flat in a modern setting. Protestants don't have any holy orders to join up with.