I don't particularly care for contemporary services, or as they are more euphamistically called "celebration service." The church I attend has just started this unfortunate trend. We have two services one at 8 and another at 1045. Every other Sunday we have these "contemporary services," or "celebration services" at the 1045 service. I generally go to the 1045 service mainly because I work on Saturday nights and I can't quite drag myself out of bed to get to the earlier service.
The main reason I don't like them is that I don't feel filled spiritually. I find something wanting in me. My weekly spiritual "fill-up," if you will is not quite complete. I will give my church credit, though. They do have all the parts of a service-- they follow a kind of liturgy, which is something that I have found tends to be lacking in other contemporary services I have attended. I can't tell you how many times the most important part (as far as I am concerned) of the service has been left out: the confession and absolution. I need that. I need that reassurance. I need that to keep my pilot light going.
The other thing I don't like is the "hymns." They songs we sing in a celebation service tend to feel more like "petting Jesus songs," or "I really dig you Jesus" songs.
For those of you that understand the terminology: I much prefer the "old hymnal" to the "new hymnal" (to those that don't really understand this be assured that the "new hymnal" is now at least 20 years old). I much prefer the 5 and 15 liturgy to the one we find in the "new hymnal" if for no other reason that I can never find it. I miss using hymnals. It would seem that churches could safe a lot of money if they use the hymnals and forgo printing the whole blasted service into small booklets.
I don't see much uniformity in LCMS church services any more. When I visit an LCMS church I'm not sure what I'm going to get. There is a reason why McDonald's is so popular in the world: you know exactly what you're going to get when you order. In the LCMS I'm not so sure any more. You could walk in get a good old fashioned 5/15 liturgy based service, or some fly by the seat of your pants service.
I'm trying to figure out when services became sunday morning camp fires. I'm not sure.