This post should have been typed down and posted a few weeks ago when the event was still fresh.. But I just had the mood to do so here and now while keeping my balance inside this moving bus =D
So I got an email from one of the church group’s mailing list. They attached the liturgy/rite of the service to be followed throughout this Lent period. The message that came with it mentioned that, if we have smartphone or tablets or other smart portable digital devices we can use them to read the softcopy during the service instead of reading off the printed ones provided in the church, as the latter are available in limited quantities. The bottom line is to encourage us to “save the environment”.
This comes from a congregation (the tech-savvy leaders/elders/deacons/Easter committee members?) which asks the attendees to switch off their digital devices prior to the service. This comes from the people who asks us to concentrate on the service, to resist the tempation to check and reply whoever calls/texts/Whatsapps/twitter mentions/chats with us during the service. This comes from those who asks us to dedicate the full hour to worshipping God. And yet, the encouragement to use the softcopy of the liturgy, in my opinion, is contradictory enough with all these actions that they have tried to become a habit.
Another way to tackle this issue is to put up power point slides which consist of the parts of the liturgy, or to the very least, the songs and the parts that are different than those in the ordinary weeks. My church in Indo and the Catholic church behind my house here in this little red dot use this method, and besides the lyrics and stuffs they also put in the music sheet or notes to the songs -at least for the first verse and chorus- in order to guide the people while singing, albeit in my opinion will only be useful to the musically literate ones. And even weddings also utilize this technology even though liturgy booklets are often given to the invitees (redundant much?).
One pastor in the church said to several people, me was present there, that temptation cannot be “masked” for you not to sin, but the evil must be beaten through Jesus Christ. So you should stare to your smart devices’ screens for the liturgy and pray to God to enable you to resist the urge to check the incoming messages?
Perhaps turning your mobile data off during service would be helpful to help you not to fall into (a majority of) the temptations.