Magazine article The Christian Century

Provocative Worship

Magazine article The Christian Century

Provocative Worship

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FEWER PEOPLE SHOULD be dozing off during worship, if items I'm seeing in church bulletins are any indication. For example, a United Methodist Church proclaims that it has "a longstanding tradition of whorshipful music." Another bulletin announces that "the ministers and choir will be disrobed for the morning service."

* At a White Plains wedding, Ms. X was identified as "Old Testement Palm Reader." Home address: Endor?

* "Holy Trinity, one God, in You we lie and move and have our being." Telling it like it is at confession time.

* "We praise you, God of Wisdom, for publishers and printers and all who enabled the Bile to be always at hand." Is that what the Gideons are putting in hotel drawers?

* "We call on thy name and recant thy wondrous deeds." Try that one on Martin Luther, who cannot, will not.

* "For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the wafers cover sea." Because of observing communion frequently.

* "Special music, verse one: "I am the vice, you are the branches. …

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