All churches have a liturgy. To try to say that your particular church doesn’t have liturgy is to not understand the meaning of the word. In a simple sense, liturgy just means form or order of worship.
Now we can definitely accept that there is a spectrum of worship liturgy from highly formal to casual. Different churches have different views of what is good liturgy. Now what we need to understand is that historic liturgy comes down from the ages as it was passed down from generation to generation, but now in the last hundred years or so, liturgy have become more casual and informal. As this is the trend it is not necessarily right or wrong. Jesus said that His worshipers would do so in spirit and in truth, not in a particular form of style.
So what I want to do is to have us think about the service at the church that we go to. I want us to think about how the service goes and ask ourselves why does our church do what it does?
I want you to understand that there is no wrong answer to this, unless you say “I don’t know” or “that’s how we have always done it.” If you are reading this and you are part of the leadership, there should be a reason, even if the answer does not seem to be a good one. Now if you are not part of the leadership, you may not know and therefore ask a leader in your church. They should have a reason that the service looks the way it does and maybe it would be wise to tell them that they ought to explain those reasons to the congregation.
Historic Liturgy has been around for many years because those that first came up with the liturgy took a lot of time to make sure that everything they did gave the right message of why they were coming together on Sunday. They also took the time to explain what they were doing and why they did it like that. It was not the only style or form at the time but what stood the test of time. That is the basis of why I ask the question, why do we worship the way we do? Those that have come before us took a long time to think about why they did what they did. They had a reason for everything from order of worship to architecture of the church building.
Far too often churches just do whatever for no reason. They no longer think about what the service says about God and rather focus on what people think. I don’t want to put forward the “right liturgy” but I want to suggest that we ought to be Christ-centered and God-glorifying in our service. We have not come for our good per se but have come to sit at the foot of God’s throne and worship Him and learn from His word. Is this the message we give at church in the service?
This is what I want us to think about: do we have the right focus or are we wandering away from the point? The only way the we wander is if we do not ground our ideas in a particular reason, that ought to be the glory of God and the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.
I want you think about how your church does what they do, no matter if you are in leadership or not, and start a conversation and figure out why we do what we do.
For His Glory,