Technology in modern worship services has become more common and more efficient in recent years. There has been an increasing number of technological advances that makes this possible. There are many areas of the worship service that have been affected by the technological advances, including the music and the sermon itself.
Technology in the Music
Many places of worship no longer have a simple pianist. The music was found to not reach all of the worship area, and the music was often drowned out by the voices raised in worship. They have progressed to using loudspeakers to project recorded music equally throughout the worship space. Some worship services do, however, still have live music. For live music, micropCredit: http://www.techietalk.co.uk/news/word-life-music-alive-lacoustics/hones are incorporated into the loudspeaker system for the same reason the system is used for recorded music. Computers are quite common in worship services, as well. Programs such as PowerPoint are used to create slide shows of the musical lyrics. Music mixing programs are used to create worship music playlists. This creation of playlists allows the worship service officiator to play songs in a particular order, to choose songs before the service, and edit songs for length if needed. Projectors are used to display musical lyrics either on a white screen or a wall of the worship area. This can help reduce costs in worship services by diminishing the need of hymn or song books. It can also be helpful to congregation members by enabling the words to be created in a larger than average font.
Technology in the Service
Technology is also used in theCredit: http://www.halogen-lamps.org/2011/03/04/church-lighting-2/ sermon. Computers are used to control the lighting. Lighting can be set to different levels or colors using different lenses. Computers can be used to change the lenses, or to dim or brighten the lights. Computers can also be used in the sermon itself. The internet can be used to research scriptures, to find religious analogies to help make points during the sermon, and to find graphic images that relate to the sermon if the service is displayed in slide show format while being preached or taught. Using slide shows during the sermons can help the congregation understand key points, and remember them easier.
For people who have a hard time finding chapters and verses in the Bible, or who like to read many different versionCredit: http://www.bestbibleapps.com/s of the Bible, there are many different applications for iPhones and other devices. These applications help locate verses quickly, and some even allow the user to compare different Bible versions. This can help congregation members understand the verses they read. Now, during open session of the worship services, people who would generally not speak up with questions or responses may anonymously contribute to the service by Tweeting or FaceBook messaging the preacher, pastor, teacher, leader, elder or other clergy member officiating the service. There are also many applications of audio scriptures readings. These can be useful for children or illiterate adults, or people who learn better through listening rather than reading. It is important for all worshipers of any religion to learn about their religion in order to live their life in accordance with their deity or deities.
Rapid print press is also playing an integral part of many worship services. For example, Jehovah's Witnesses mass produce many different Bible study books, many of which are used to study for an upcoming sermon, to review past sermons or just to take a closer look at many parts of the Scriptures.
For elderly or disable people, there are many different options available to attend worship service without leaving the house. There are many people who attend worship service over a telephone. Others attend via a voice over internet provider. Even other attend via Internet or phone with such worship alternatives such as podcasts. Using downloads of newspaper articles or world events can be used during the service to make the need of prayer more visible, and help move people to pray for help or to offer thanks to the deity or deities that are being worshiped.
Digital storytelling is a fairly new technological idea that is being incorporated into worship services. This can be pictures that illustrate the sermon, or even a silent video clip that projects to give visual illustration to the sermon to help the congregation understand and remember the points of the sermon. Sometimes a video with audio is used to simply add another voice or perspective to the sermon, breaking up what many of the newer generation views as monotony.
Another way for people to be able to better remember previous sermons, or even for a religious officiator to incorporate a previous sermon into a current one, is for the sermons to be digitally recorded, and to have a digital video recorder set up to make multiple discs of the sermon.
Welcoming of Congregation and Visitors
Making use of unused time at the beginning of a worship service is important. By using a projector and a slide show program, it is possible to not only welcome members, butCredit: http://www.copthorne.org/profile.html also to inform visitors of other service times, additional programs, and to give visitors a little information about the church. Some worship centers also use this time as an open invitation to pray at the altar. If there are new members being introduced, their names can be displayed while they are being introduced. If there are special announcements such as baptisms or annointings, the prelude to the service is a nice time to recognize them. The prelude to the service is also a great time to share how the deities have blessed the community, thus uplifting the congregation for worship.
There are many ways that technology is reforming worship. Technology is a tool to be used to help people better comprehend and remember the worship services they attend. It is important to ensure that the technology is used to make learning scripture and key points easier. This way people will walk away with a better understanding of how the worshiped deity wishes the followers to live their lives. Technology in modern worship services is making this easier than ever.