Go to any church service and observe how people act during the announcements. Some pay close attention, some browse their smart phone, and some engage conversation with a neighbor who might rather be trying to pay attention or browse their phone. If you ask people who listen to announcements and who give announcements, you’ll find a universal response, though: everybody says they are an exercise in drudgery.
Then again, if these kids did the announcements things might improve:
What can make announcement time even more of a drag is when the person making the announcements apologizes for them. To those announcers I say, “Stop apologizing.”
Here’s an announcement: you have nothing to apologize for
We gather to worship corporately in fellowship with our God and each other. Everything that happens in the service is part of that corporate worship, from the opening greeting through the benediction. In between we have singing, prayer, and the reading and teaching of God’s word. There might be communion and an offering every Sunday or for some churches less often.
All of these are recognized as acts of worship. So what happens when we reach the announcements? Everyone acts like their worship time has been interrupted, as if a television show had paused for commercials.
But announcement time is not an interruption in worship. Announcements are an opportunity to talk about what is happening in the family of God. After all, when families come together it’s completely expected they will talk about family business. The church should be no different. Church services are a gathering of the family of God.
This doesn’t mean that everything the church family is doing should be brought up in every church service. What it means is that just as the scripture and songs and sermon are carefully chosen and prepared for corporate worship, so should the announcements be. And just as the scripture and songs and sermon are recognized as opportunities to worship God, so should the announcements be.
If an announcement is worth including in the worship service there is never a need to apologize for it. Likewise, if announcements have been carefully selected and prepared there is never a need to apologize for the amount of time given them in the service.
This also means that the person giving the announcements should be as carefully chosen as the person leading singing, the person giving the sermon, and the person leading prayer. If announcements are an act of worship – and they are – then as much care should go into them as goes into the rest of the worship service.
That would give you no reason to apologize, and every reason to worship together.