My colleagues in the local Baptist church now have a music-free Sunday evening service. It simply consists of, I believe, an opening prayer, a Bible exposition and study time in groups.
Church for people who don't like music, or don't want to sing is a serious question for us to get to grips with.
That said, anybody leaving a church because they don't like the style of musical worship has just not got a grip on what it means to be a Christian.
I met such a person the other day but I didn't tackle him on his views as he raised them during a compassionate visit. This is so often the case and frustrating. If people in the depths of grief or illness say stupid things you just have to listen, not challenge. Diarying a visit in six months time for a row is rarely an edifying thing to do. You have to let it lie.
The person concerned left his church's morning service when they introduced new, modern songs. He started attending in the evening but then they introduced these new songs in the evening too so he stopped attending. The church in question rarely sings anything less than 20 years old. It is a slow-changer for sure.
He also had a go at me that one of the church buildings in our Local Ministry Group has been re-ordered and chairs put in. Actually that re-ordering involved removing a couple of johnny-come-latelys in the building's history - a gallery and pews. The re-ordering has restored it to its original 15th century style to a large extent. I did point this out but felt that I had crossed some line and was becoming vulnerable to the accusation of, 'Arguing with my Dad in his current circumstances.' I prayed and left.
So what does your perfect church look like? And if you join it, will it still look like that? I don't think I know anybody (follow the link and let me know) who would find themselves drawn into worship by the improvised Scandinavian jazzfunkdub of jaga jazzist, but I would. If I found a church full of people who were captivated and wanting to pray because of it I would want to join. I wouldn't play it in any of my current congregations because I know it would be divisive. Lowest Common Denominator music has been the bane of lower church life where we just don't have the talent of cathedrals or large congregations full of members of the music industry. On the odd occasions I have felt that I broke out of the mould the short-term enjoyment of the moment has been followed, almost inevitably, by having to deal with a complaint at the end of the service.
So a church without music may be a good idea. I'd love it. It would enable us to concentrate on a whole different tranche of problems. Anybody else in? Where? When?