I have a favor to ask of you, dear blog reader. Would you be so kind as to open your local phone book (Yellow Pages), find the “churches” section, and report any particularly unusual or bizarre names for worship that you find? I am not looking for standard terminology such as “Mass,” “Eucharist,” “(Divine) Service,” or “Worship (Service).” I’m looking for the stuff that’s outside the norm — whether it’s a little outside the box, or so far outside the box that it’s in a different area code! I recently made this request on my Facebook account, and quite a list developed. I have an outside project that I’m working on, and I might use some of the items from this list in that project. My intention is to show how names or titles for worship tend to reveal the presumed purpose of worship — whether the presumed purpose is good or bad.
Here’s a sampling of what my Facebook friends and I have come up with so far:
- Celebration (variations: Victory Celebration, Sunday Celebration)
- Upbeat Wholehearted Worship
- Spirit-Filled Worship
- Connection with God
- Saturday Night Live (variation: Sunday Night Live)
- Blue Jeans Service
- Wired Worship
- Cross Connections
- Free & Alive Worship
- Three services in one parish: Blended, Praise & Worship, Alternative/Edgy
My thanks if you can add something to this list! If you’d rather not post it publicly, please email me. My address is listed at the bottom of the Info & Bio page.