Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

by vernsanders on May 5, 2009

One of the struggles of worship planning is what to do with announcements. Do them before the service? Some people don’t see them because they chronically arrive late. Do them after the service? Some people don’t hear them because they’ve “tuned out”…feeling the service is over. Do them during the service? Interrupts the flow of worship.

How/when you do announcements depends quite a bit upon how you and your church look at the community/fellowship aspect of worship and your worship time with the congregation. I’ve led worship at one time or another with all three options, and none seems “all good.” So, to a certain extent it is Hobson’s choice.

One of the other significant variables during the announcement time is the decision tree around who will do the announcements/what is significant enough to be included. For some program leaders, unless the senior pastor gives the announcement, they are convinced that their event will not be well attended.

What to do…what to do…

As with most other things to do with worship and music in the church, I fall back to my mantra: Local solutions to local situations. But wait…there’s more…

Today’s list contains two examples of churches who certainly have decided that announcements need not be boring. Your production values may vary…



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October 31, 2009 at 10:14 am

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David McLain September 23, 2009 at 10:41 am

I also love this church’s announcements:

vernsanders October 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

hilarious…love the sense of humor…thanks for the link.


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