I have a difficult time adjusting to changes that I don't institute. This is probably because I'm a bit of a control freak. The church that we attend has had a lot of changes in the last year. Our pastor took another call and we had a vacancy pastor for 8 months. The church has experienced budget woes and decided to close the pre-school and grades 5-8 of the Lutheran Elementary School. In February of 2007 we got a new minister.
Our pastor has made some changes in the worship service. Some of the changes have been good, and other changes I find distracting. Our organ was moved to the back of the church and the choir now sings from the back of the church also. My father always liked to have choirs sing behind the congregation. His reasoning was that when a choir sings in the front of the church, the congregation is focused on the singers and not on the words being sang.
I've noticed that I can't hear the choir when they are standing behind the congregation. The words seem to run together and I can't distinguish most of the message. Finally, last Sunday I figured out why. Our ears are facing the front of the church. The sound waves do not have a direct path to enter the ear. I'll have to try turning slightly to the side the next time the choir sings.