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Mystery Worshipper: Eagle Eye.
The church: Danube International Church, Budapest, Hungary.
Denomination: Non-denominational Protestant.
The building: A round meeting room at the Folkloric Exhibition Hall.
The neighbourhood: Gritty urban neighborhood. We arrived by tram, but many of the congregation drove their own cars, apparently fighting with the local Lada and Skoda owners for a place to jump the curb and park on the sidewalk or any other available space.
The cast: Rev. Ronald Miller, Pastor.
What was the name of the service?
No name was given for the service. It was the Sunday morning worship at 10.30.
How full was the building?
The service is in a round meeting room and there were chairs set for about 140. I'd say the attendance was about 125.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
Yes. We were with a regular attender at this church and several people came to introduce themselves and make sure that we felt welcome.
Was your pew comfortable?
No pews. Chairs the stackable kind, not the folding kind.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Noisy, with the song leader working with the pianist and soloist, the general chit-chat of regular attendees catching up on the week, children getting out of their winter clothes, etc. Lots of friendly greetings.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"Good morning. Would everyone find a seat please?"
What books did the congregation use during the service?
None. The text from which the sermon was taken was in the bulletin and many seemed to have brought their own Bibles. Words to hymns and praise choruses were projected on the front wall.
What musical instruments were played?
Piano, guitar, violin and some sort of sound board which provided musical accompaniment (gushing violins and a "virtual choir") to a soloist who sang early in the service. The pianist was very talented, the guitarist less so and the violinist appeared to be a middle schooler who played with the pianist for the offertory and did a very nice job indeed.
Did anything distract you?
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
It never really got to the happy clappy stage, but there was at least one attempt to start clapping in time to the music... but it failed to take hold. There was some hand-waving during the praise songs.