Historically, Southern Baptists have observed parts of the Christian calendar, including Sunday as the Lord’s Day—the Christian Sabbath set aside for the worship of the risen Lord, and Easter Sunday. Special seasonal services, mostly of a musical character, have been customary at Christmas time, but there was no set liturgy for Christmas services or for a season of Advent. Another annual tradition was the spring revival—preaching services with evangelistic intent.
Southern Baptists use a wide range of music from the rich tradition of ancient hymnody to the praise chorus tradition. There is an equally wide range in the use of the arts, from relatively unadorned worship services to services that incorporate banners, dance, and drama frequently.
Because of its congregational polity and the wide diversity in the social status of its membership, Southern Baptist worship today takes place in a wide variety of styles.