Sunday, January 20, 2008

Liturgical worship is coming back "in"


Historic Christian liturgical worship is much like my Dad's old pinstripe suit, it always comes back "in" eventually.

Here's a very interesting article that Brian referred me to. At Redeemer we have enjoyed an influx of "twenty-somethings" recently. Many of these younger adults echo the basic sentiment of this article. Check it out here:

5 comments:

Mark Davis said...

It's important to note that the article separates liturgical form from traditional style. I take that to mean there are churches with a liturgical form and a contemporary style. Thanks to Tony's video posts, I've seen some of that in clips of emerging (not emergent) services. I think that's a great conbination of traditional and contemporary elements.

Kampfgruppe-H said...

Good post Pastor T. I think the younger gen (20 somethings) are quite frankly tired of the Joel Osteens and other Word-Faith movement pushers, the Brian McLarens, and other post-modern evangelicalism nonsense. These folks generally want to get back to the "roots," be guided by a loose regulative principle; this manifests itself in the liturgy, especially with worship. However, there seems to be an upward trend with evangelicals leaving protestantism altogether and joining (re-joining) the RC-church. I think for the most part as a backlash to the aforementioned doodoo that is being presented as the face of evangelical Christendom. But, they are moving out of the fire and into the frying pan. It is our job to be the face of true evangelical Christianity: historic, authentic, orthodox and unafraid!

AJF said...

Mark,
I'm sure there are churches today that are generally liturgical which also include contemporary elements, that's great.

The article, however, is referring to a return to the more historic form of liturgy we employ (her description of a liturgical service is exactly our service with the exception of modern praise choruses...which we sing Sunday nights and in other venues) and it mirrors a trend of visitors we have been seeing for some time. We are seeing many new people in their 20's, who are specifically looking for the more historic liturgical form we use at Redeemer. That's exciting to me. It shows the agelessness of such worship. It reveals the relevance of such worship. The depth of the liturgy, the profundity of the readings and prayers are powerful aids for the worshiper. The anchor points of regularity are important to many Christians and have been for centuries.

I guess, to express my point, I could have titled the article "Historic Liturgical worship is coming back in". Praise God for other forms, but since the form/style we lead the people of God in is making a come back, I'm especially excited.

Frontier Forest said...

Yesterday worship was our 3 year anniversary at Redeemer. After wondering in our own wilderness for over a year, several things that were most important for us to find in a church:
1. The inerrancy of Scripture was strictly adhered to by both pastorate and deacons.
2. Absolute Truth is preached, regardless of political correctness of changing culture!
3. The Sunday School classes were being facilitated by mature, well grounded believers.
4. Traditional hymns or praise and worship. (No Sunday morning loud praise bands)
5. Expository, verse by verse preaching of the WORD of GOD!
One of the first things at Redeemer I found surprising and yet most refreshing was the holding to Liturgical form of worship. The pastoral/congregational greetings, the reading of the cataclysms in unison, and most radical….the elders “reading of prayers”. I have never before thought much for “reading of prayers”. Seemed vain and repetitious. But how blessed it is to hear and witness prayerful words, carefully constructed, conforming to the Word of God, then prayed over, and allowing the Lord to bless them, knowing the will not return void and that they WILL accomplish that which the I AM intended. What an exciting, growing 3 years! And more to come! Praise the Lord for all the new visitors!

dbusenitz said...

Ya baby, my only suit is pin stripe and I'm keeping it forever no matter how much I have to tailor it.
I like the post and the article.
Liturgical worship is totally appropriate in the inner city context as well. Repetition, visual symbols that represent Biblical stories, understanding spirituality as shared and as a part of the long and rich Christian tradition - all these things are so totally appropriate for people who need something significant in their lives and not the musings or evangelical pop culture. Litury is incredibly powerful for the poor, esp. the illiterate.