Could we have a standing traditional service at 8:00 am?

Determining "Traditional vs. Contemporary" worship style is also outside of the policy purview of the Board. However we have conferred with Pastor Fay on this so let us try to give a brief response since this a discussion that is a regular part of conversations here at POP and, we would guess, in almost all churches. What may be perceived as 'traditional'? For those who were here in the beginning of POP’s history traditional means one thing and for those who were here during the 80’s, 90’s and to the present traditional may have a different meaning. In an effort to address the diversity of our members and how they seek to give praise to Jesus Christ for an hour on a Sunday there has been an effort to define 50% of our service weekends as “traditional” (i.e. the wearing of the vestments and the music). That leaves 50% as probably fitting into that more "contemporary style” of worship (i.e. No vestments and potentially more contemporary music styles). 

Pastor Karl and a representative of the Board would be happy to discuss this directly with you.  There are many logistical issues to be considered. As just one example, unless we just do without bulletins altogether it would create a new task involving duplication of cost, time and resource needs for staff and volunteers. If we were to adopt the 8 am service as "traditional style" only, we may be creating new choices. Will we be creating a new “unhappy many” who have traditionally gone to 5:00, 9:30 or 11:00 services and now must go to the 8:00? Perhaps 8 am is not the best service time choice but it can’t be the 9:30 as that is when many young parents come as their children are in their classroom and typically they are not looking more for a "contemporary" service style. Also, that is adult bible study time set to attract the early attendees and the later attendees. So ultimately there may be trade-offs in terms of congregational preferences.

Psalm 150 from "The Message" gives a beautiful depiction of the diversity of worship styles and means that pleases God:

Praise God in his holy house of worship, Praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!

In our minds the question is really, “How do we be a large church with 4 services and a diverse congregation and seek continued growth but maintain a 'small church' feel?” We value the rich diversity of our congregation with all of its varieties of preferences and passions. Finding a way to worship meaningfully and joyfully with others, even in situations where personal preferences aren't completely met, is a worthy worship method we can all seek to grow during our Christian journey.