Posts tagged ‘Bobby Stanton’
I received a Facebook message recently from a friend asking me about my thoughts on applauding musicians after performing during a church service. As the Soloist for seven years at The Mother Church, (the international headquarters of the Christian Science church in Boston), I had many experiences that involved applause… and many that did not.
I messaged my FB friend back with my thoughts. She then asked me to share my answer to a broader audience. This issue has come up often, so it seemed like a good thing to do. Here goes!
“My question is related to the presentation and thanking of musicians during the services: Many branch churches are considering being more socially warm toward our musicians. (organist and soloist). Since the Church Alive Summit in Northern California*, many people are questioning whether applause is acceptable. I understand that The Mother Church (TMC) does not want to influence branch churches in their decisions, but I’m wondering why at times I have heard applause in the TMC service broadcast, and not at other times.”
* Regional gatherings of Christian Scientists and friends that are held around the world
Well, put on your seatbelt… Here are a lot of thoughts comin’ atcha!
I’m going to begin with the idea of applause in church.
First, it has been my experience that each branch church is working out applause and how to be more inclusive in their services on an individual basis. I think it comes down to how the members of a particular church feel as a group.
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