Monday, November 07, 2005

Every church does a liturgy

(I have discovered an interesting post by The Presbyteer through this blog. The typical non-liturgical church does indeed look quite shallow in comparison.)

Every church does a liturgy. The only question is, what kind will you do?

Dis church: Dat church:
Minister: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Minister: Good morning.
People: Amen People: (mumble)
Minister: I was glad when they said unto me, We will go into the house of the LORD. Minister: (smiling) Oh, let's try that again. I said, "Good Morning!"

People: Good morning.
Minister: Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God. Minister: That's better. Well, God has given us such a beautiful day,

(or: It's great to see so many of you here in spite of the (cold, heat, rain, snow))

... and we just want to worship him together. So just forget about that Husker game for a while and let's just worship the Lord together.

Charlie, what do you have for us this morning?

People: ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
Minister: ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live, hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardoneth and absolveth all those who truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Charlie: Well this is a new chorus the Lord gave me while I was (name of activity). Just listen the first time through.

I just hope Paul doesn't screw up the PowerPoint slides...

People: (laughter)
Charlie: Listen to the words ...

You just make me feel so wonderful
You just make me feel so wonderful
You just make me feel so wonderful
Wonderful
You're Awesome.

Oh yeah

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