Roger Olson describes what he calls “the new evangelical liturgy”:
Here is the new evangelical liturgy: The worship service begins with loud music either recorded or sung by a “worship team” led by a “music minister.” Then there is a “welcome” and sometimes encouragement to greet each other (in the congregation). Then there follows a long series of contemporary Christian songs with no discernable [sic] tunes sung mostly by the worship team. The words are projected onto one or more large screens. There are no hymnbooks in sight or, if they are there, they are not touched. The songs tend to be repetitious and have little or no theological content or biblical imagery. One could not be blamed for assuming they were written for performance, not congregational singing. About a third of the congregation attempts to sing the songs with the worship team. Hardly anyone over fifty even attempts to sing them.
Then (somewhere in the order of worship) comes the seemingly obligatory “old hymn” but often sung to a different tune than found in any hymn book. By “obligatory” I mean—sung only so that people over fifty will feel like there was “something for them” in the worship service. This is the new “blended worship.” . . . Often the “vibe” of the music portion of the service is that of a rock concert.
The description continues. Read it for yourself. You might not agree with his conclusions, and Olson is not known to be a defender of traditional worship, but it’s difficult to find objections to his description.