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Why does the congregation have so much to do in worship?

In the medieval church, there was a sharp distinction between the worshiping clergy and the spectators found in the laity. The “action” was up front, behind what was called the rood screen, and the people of God assembled to watch—well, … Continue reading

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Doesn’t a “scripted” worship service lack sincerity?

Probably the biggest issue for someone who is unaccustomed to “formal” worship is the question of insincerity. Many of us have been taught that if it is “scripted,” then it must be insincere. If our worship services have a “bulletin” … Continue reading

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Why is your worship service so “formal”?

Many worship services in modern churches tend to be informal. The model is often that of a concert or entertainment event, with a very “come as you are” attitude toward visitors. Consequently, when someone joins one of our churches Sunday … Continue reading

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