Today is our first day at this year’s MCA Leadership Team Prayer Retreat. Pastor David Brakke opened our time up with communion. I appreciated that he walked us through a more formal and traditional eucharistic prayer.
The prayer reads, “You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God; you are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory. You so loved the world that you gave your only Son, that whoever believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. Having come into the world, he fulfilled for us your holy will and accomplished our salvation.”
Let me clear, I love much of what is our modern Pentecostal movement and I also enjoy much of the latest worship songs that are being released. That being said, one concern I have is that a lot of the lyrics in such songs lack any sort of theological depth. The songs do not necessarily teach us anything significant about the One we are singing to and often are far too individualistic in focus.
In part of my research with the Blue Bridge Lead Team, I have been periodically visiting other worship gatherings. I have noticed that a few churches have added Scripture readings between songs in order to explain what is being sung and why those songs are being sung. These churches might be on to something.
So what do we to in order to strengthen the foundation of our corporate gatherings? And how do we avoid the tendency to just lean on traditionalism and empty ritual?