With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #17.
This high church experience gave me much to contemplate about worshiping God in a more formal, liturgical manner.
Recalling Jesus’ warning against “vain repetition” (although he was addressing prayer, Matthew 6:7 KJV), part of me rebels against their rote practices. The liturgy, the solemn ritual, and the prescribed responses all fit my understanding of “vain repetition.” I want nothing to do with a routine, mechanical connection to God; I desire a Spirit-led directness: organic, passionate, and real.
Yet at the same time, there’s a certain rhythm to grasp – and to embrace. Though it eludes me right now, I want to pursue it, not as a regular spiritual practice but as a refreshing break from my normal non-liturgical connection with God.
Liturgy can expand my relationship to God, if only I can learn how to comprehend it.