Morrison Hill cranking down volume for new Sunday service

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Morrison Hill Christian Church loves rock’n’roll.

The Kingston church has rocked out with a praise band for nearly 20 years.

But lately, Morrison Hill’s preaching minister Dennis Mullen has been thinking that a lighter touch may meet a real need.

That’s why  Morrison Hill is beginning a new worship service that Mullen describes as “lighter, quieter and contemplative.” The new service begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 16.

“If we think of our current rock-style praise service at 9 a.m. as a bold, dark-roasted coffee, this new service will be more like a light-roast,” Mullen said. “Don’t think of it as traditional or old-fashioned, though. Don’t think of it as a blend of traditional and contemporary, either. We plan to use the best music we can find, no matter the age. But we will keep it lighter and quieter and allow some time and space for contemplation, too”.

Since Morrison Hill put together its first praise band in 1991, praise music has exploded in popularity. Many churches and Christian conferences now feature high-volume, up-tempo praise music by artists like Chris Tomlin and Gungor.

“The praise band has become as common today as the traditional organ and piano were a generation ago” Mullen said. “But we worry that this model leaves some people out. So we are trying something new, with the goal of reaching new people for God”.

Morrison Hill will continue to offer its praise-band-led services at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. each Sunday.

The church is at 106 Morrison Hill Circle in Kingston.