For decades the Christian year was ignored or deemed ritualistic by many pastors in the Church of the Nazarene. Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost were often given recognition in worship, but the view that the use of the Christian year symbolized formality and destroyed the freedom of the Spirit was widespread. If one subscribed to the use of the Christian calendar, it was done quietly within one’s own parish.
Worship services in Church of the Nazarene congregations feature an extensive amount of music, most of which consists of nineteenth-century gospel songs and contemporary praise choruses. Choral and vocal solo selections are as important as congregational singing. Many congregations are currently eagerly seeking worship renewal, often borrowing practices from either liturgical or charismatic traditions.