From a son
I learned a few things from my son this evening.
For the youth meeting, the couple who is in charge of exploring the idea of a contemporary worship service at our church led the youth meeting, seeking input from members and the youth regarding this type of service.
When asked what he had found at particular worship service to be meaningful to him, he mentioned two things which stuck in my mind. He attended a Southern Baptist service in Pennsylvania. When they went into worship, they were so thoroughly welcomed that he wondered if he knew the people around him.
He talked about another experience, this one at Summer Youth Celebration. While he was at SYC that year, a friend of his died, and it upset him. He was supported during the worship service and told, "We don't care why you are crying; we care that you are crying."
What impressed my son about worship services was love, offered in the name of Christ. I'm amazed by that.
And then he closed the meeting with prayer. As he worked his way through the prayer, he said, "I'll be talking to you, God. Bye" Not your usual prayer closing, but so much more friendly and relationship building.