We have an unusual circumstance this shabbat with the Rabbi away in Israel and the Cantor out ill. So we see what our men can do. I am ba-al shacharit, we have a ba-al musaf, a person who gives a uniformly superior D'Var Torah, leaving us to get Torah reading done. About five guys stepped up to the plate, so we'll see how it goes. Mincha/Maariv a little less secure. Hopefully no surrogate for those irritating Aliyah Sound Bites which I think mar our weekly experience.
I came of age Jewishly in Hillel sanctuaries where students created the weekly services they wanted. There are problems when the shabbos reaches it peak in your 20's followed a suburban sanctuary wasteland dependent on hired professionals, often less talented than the students but more sustainable, if not more reliable. But's that's what we have with a brief welcome interlude from time to time when we can return to what we once had.