|111: St Philip's, Nashville, Tennessee|
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Mystery Worshipper: Preacher's Kidd.
The church: St Philip's, Nashville, Tennessee.
The building: The church is fairly new, built in the late 60s or so, when the congregation outgrew their original building. Sort of "standard issue".
The neighbourhood: Upper middle-class suburban area.
The cast: Fr. Peter J. Whalen.
What was the name of the service?
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Pentecost 18.
How full was the building?
Practically empty. There were 55 people in the church, but we were told they are a "congregation of golfers" and that the 8.00am service was packed. A nice mix of ages and races, of fathers with their children, and teenagers worshipping alone.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
Absolutely! One lady waved from her car as she drove off, a man stepped ahead to open the doors for us, and handed us a to quote him a "menu". As the rector made his way down the aisle for the processional, he stopped at our pew to exchange a few words of welcome.
Was your pew comfortable?
No padding, but quite comfortable.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
A bit of quiet bustle, with children getting settled.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"Good morning to you all."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
The Book of Common Prayer, the 1982 Hymnal and "Lift Every Voice and Sing II", a book of contemporary music. There was also a heavyweight sheet in the pew rack with the music for the responses, which is nice for those who aren't familiar with them.
What musical instruments were played?
Did anything distract you?
Not exactly a distraction, but we were intrigued by the wall behind the altar. It looked to be red leather, but was actually sponge painted.
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
Warm and responsive.