This video is an extreme, albeit humerous example. Unfortunately, this is what I think a lot of people think contemporary worship is, or should become. I hope not. There is a lot to be said for doing Lutheran liturgical worship well:
- the musicians and pastors planning each service so well that the the same message is preached from the balcony by the choirs, instrumentalists, and organist as the pastor preaches from the pulpit and lectern,
- that message is evident to all worshippers as they are worshiping, and
- it is memorable enough that they can tell someone else who was not there what worship was about that week.
There also is a lot to be said for remaining true to the heritage of the Lutheran Church, reclaiming who we are, boldly proclaiming what it means to be Lutheran, and not experimenting with whom we are not.
Can you tell which side of the argument I'm on?
"Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.