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Elements Included in the Congregations Largest Worship Service

 
All figures show the percentage of congregations that include each element in their largest worship service.
 
Catholic Mainline Prot Conserv Prot All
 
Half or more of congregations in all three faith groups include in their worship services:
 
Sermon 100% 100% 100% 100%
 
Communion, Eucharist, or the Lord’s Supper 100% 71% 61% 72%
 
Singing by the congregation 99% 97% 100% 98%
 
Take up a collection of money 98% 96% 98% 96%
 
People greeting each other (by shaking hands or some other way) 97% 77% 87% 83%
 
Use of piano 90% 84% 78% 83%
 
Singing by a choir or soloist 89% 84% 50% 74%
 
Use of amplification equipment 88% 82% 100% 87%
 
Use of hymn books 74% 80% 63% 74%
 
Laughter 62% 64% 71% 66%
 
Half or more of congregations in two of three faith groups include in their worship services:
 
A leader wearing a robe or other special garments 95% 67% 22% 56%
 
Silent prayer or mediation 91% 64% 32% 57%
 
 
All figures show the percentage of congregations that include each element in their largest worship service. (Catholic  -   Mainline Protestant - Conserv Protestant - All
 
People speaking, reading, or reciting something together 76% 75% 46% 66%
 
Use of organ 67% 75% 46% 66%
 
Half or more of congregations in one faith group include in their worship services:
 
People joining hands during prayer or other moments 72% 14% 26% 24%
 
Special time directed at children 47% 82% 40% 65%
 
Use of visual projection equipment 20% 24% 60% 35%
 
Calling out “amen” or other expressions of approval 17% 12% 66% 29%
 
People raising their hands in praise 8% 6% 59% 22%
 
 

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