Simplicity in Worship

Dear Reader,

In line with my previous post (“Just a Guy with a Bible“), I tend to prefer a simpler worship service. We left a church back in ’96 because the drums had just gotten too loud and I couldn’t hear myself think, or pray for that matter. I was raised in the Catholic church. It was a fairly relaxed Catholic church but it was still a lot more liturgical than what we do now. All that stuff, from loud praise bands or lots of prayers and incense, it makes one feel religious. You can go to a service like that and be immersed in it and feel that you have gotten in touch with God that week. But I think it is also too easy to feel it but to walk away with nothing. If you come from a church with a lot more going on, ours might seem quiet and boring. But I think you also know what you are getting. Emotional experiences may feel great. And I am not opposed to emotion in our relationship with God. But sometimes if there is so much emotion, you don’t notice that there is no substance. I think simpler worship services also call upon us, the congregants, more. More thought is involved, more preparation of one’s own heart. If you are used to something more upbeat, don’t judge us too quickly. A calm surface can hide deep waters. It is like  a marriage. The most tumultuous is not necessarily the best. The lovey-dovey couple is not necessarily more in love than the one that seems subdued to the outside world.It is only when all the trappings are swept away that one can tell if there is real substance underneath.

Nebby

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