Discussing Church 28
We learn of this church when we spot their name in a local paper’s church directory. Still, we struggle to confirm their meeting time. We expect to experience a liturgical church service.
Consider these four discussion questions about Church #28:
1. We walk inside and a lady shares some basic information about the liturgy for today’s service. Without her help, we’d have been lost.
Whether you’re a liturgical church or not, how can you help people better navigate your service?
2. During the sermon the minister forewarns us we will greet each other later with a holy kiss. Though there’s only a handful of people, they’re all strangers. This is the creepiest of practices.
What does your church do that may cause people to squirm? (And before you say nothing, think harder.)
3. After the service they invite us to stay for fellowship. A neighbor and her dog join us. Though she missed the service, she’s welcomed anyway.
How do you feel about people skipping church and showing up afterward to hang out?
4. Even though it was hard to participate, some of this church’s strange worship traditions fascinate me.
Do your church practices and worship intrigue others or push them away? How can you make your liturgical church service more accessible?
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.