When is your Church’s Liturgy not Enough?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunday’s worship service compelled this post.

Most of us, when we hear the term liturgy, we think the high church worship services of the Roman Catholics, Anglicans, etc.

But liturgy is simply a set or fixed way of doing a worship service.  So we may speak of a Baptist liturgy, a Pentecostal liturgy, and even a non-denominational church liturgy.

A church’s liturgy, at the end of the day, all comes down to how that church’s tradition has decided to appropriate the various elements of worship.  For example, when it comes to the Lord’s Table, from start to finish, how do they go about things?  Is their music? Are there special prayers offered?  Must it be an ordained minister, and so on?

Are there lit candles?

However, at the end of the day, whether high church or low church, the question really becomes, Are our liturgies enough?  Is God being glorified?  Are our souls being fed?  Are we being renewed? Are we leaving gathered worship with minds and hearts ready to turn the world upside down for King Jesus?  Are we ready to live countercultural lives?

And for those who think that the only truly liturgical worship services are those in our high churches, the same challenges remain, that are raised in the previous questions.

A church’s liturgy is also meant to transform lives.

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3 Responses to When is your Church’s Liturgy not Enough?

  1. Kevin S. says:

    Yes, indeed, even contemporary worship services have some liturgy. If it’s done right, we might not see it as traditional liturgy because it’s done in a more natural way and without a script. Even in my Lutheran days, I tried to make the liturgy sound as natural as possible. Took practice though.

  2. The Garners says:

    When it’s empty.
    It’s not the liturgy, it’s the sincerity of worship. But, personally I like a church that regularly states its beliefs, reads copious amounts of Scripture together during worship, proclaims Jesus Christ is Lord over and over, delivers us to the feast deeply aware of our sin, but sure of our Redeemer, and that understands our hunger for the Word and considers The Word both interesting enough and eternally relevant enough to be the subject of the sermon. Just sayin’ 😀

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