After fighting the worship wars for a generation, evangelical churches first tried something they called “blended” worship (I used to make people mad by calling it “lukewarm worship”), which wasn’t the REAL blended worship as much as it was an ad hoc order of service usually including hymn/chorus medleys. In the end, nobody was any happier, usually because the medleys were weird and the enmeshment of organ and praise band even weirder. It magnified the disunity.
Larger churches came up with a solution: two services, each with it’s own “worship style.”
It sounded great, and sure enough, there were some results. The emotional intensity simmered.
But it’s cost us in the end.