Hillside Christian Church more than most congregations has had good success with “blended services.” More and more churches are offering both a traditional service and a contemporary service on Sundays. Our hope is to one day be able to develop a contemporary service that addresses that spiritual need.
Contemporary worship appeals to younger people and traditional appeals to the more mature crowd. The millennium generation (20ish) like worship that is fast moving, filled with technology, drums and guitars, all senses being utilized and very informal. They do not like robes, hymns, quiet times, or the organ.
The unique challenge is blending the two styles so that everyone is happy, satisfied and receives something. The reality is that we need each other in the life of the church. We can’t do without the younger generation and we can’t do without the older generation – we are dependent upon each other. Maybe that is why God created us to be Church.
The Apostle Paul has a message for this very issue. In First Corinthians 9:22, Paul writes to a Corinthian congregation that needs to hear this message of flexibility. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (NIV)