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Saturday, October 24, 2009
The DEvolution of Christian Worship
In the centuries since the Ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit four basic elements characterize worship: 1. Scripture. 2. Prayer 3. Eucharist (Lord's Supper). 4. Giving to the poor.

These days the distinctive reading of Scripture has morphed into what is most often a 45 minute message. Distinctive corporate prayer has morphed into singing. The Lord's Supper has been traded in for some kind of conditioned response of the people. Giving to the poor has morphed into fund raising to cover the growing expense of running the church.

Most worship these days: 1. Singing. 2. Speaking. 3. Responding 4. Giving to the Church

Take a look this Sunday and see if you can note the change.
posted by John David Walt | at 10/24/2009 07:59:00 AM



Anonymous John said...

May actually be able to take out Responding, as sometimes there is not even that. Just Singing, Speaking, Giving to the Church.

Given your tweet on your son jumping into the lake, it was funny that my word verification word was "novests"

11:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Kendra said...

In a class recently, we were discussion 1 Cor 10. They Corinthians took their fellowship meal and breaking the bread to exclusive extremes. Today, it almost seems that we take it to the other exclusive extreme where the elements are personal only and not a shared experience. Sometimes I wish our time together wasn't so focused on the self and the stage. I feel like I have to go outside of church to have fellowship, even among sincere, beautiful believers. I guess it is more of our program and seating than our hearts, maybe. I just long for the shared experience that is hands-on. Maybe I'm just a farm kid who just needs her hands in the dirt to make sense of life!

7:13 PM EDT  

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