Our church is going through some major changes these days, with some less easy to adjust to than others. For the close to seventy years I have been attending Sunday morning services, I have rarely found the style of worship music to be a matter of concern. Recently, the church decided to remove the first service of the day and the music program that went with it. Its reasons were simple and practical. The heritage hour was not attracting enough new people and the church was busting at the seams in the second and third ones, so the time had come to rename it as a family service and move it back a half hour. That, to their thinking, required the elimination of hymns and hymnal, the brass band, and the piano, all to pave the way for a Christian Rock group that currently ministers to the second and third sessions. So far, the numbers for the revamped slot aren’t up, mainly because, I suspect, a number of the old-timers have left rather than switch. While the pulpit message is as strong as ever, the sense of worship or praise to God seems to lack the enthusiasm of old. There was nothing like 175 traditional types singing their hearts out to the accompanying of trumpets, violins, trombones, and French horns. Now we have electric guitars, drums, keyboard, and two lead singers offering up lyrics to music that sounds so radically different and potentially harmful to one’s hearing. So why haven’t we left? The answer is obvious: you build up a lot of Christian friendship over the years and given the fact that there is a surprising lack of vibrant churches like GT in the city that tick of most of our boxes, including opportunities to serve, why get up and leave. Besides, church hopping can become habit forming if it’s motive is looking for earthly perfection in the family of God. In the meantime, we will keep praying that God will allow us to work our way through this time of physical and spiritual adjustment. Next Sunday, this fellowship will celebrate its 95th year of ministry in Victoria.