The Hidden Treasure of Liturgy


Elias Kruger

Liturgical worship is fairly unimpressive by modern world’s standards. The reading of set prayers and long portions of Scripture, the procession of the cross, the use of incense and the celebration of the bread and wine of Communion all seem artifacts from a distant time and place. This is not just the opinion of the secular world but a prevalent trend in most Christian churches in the western world. With few exceptions, in most congregations that are growing in size and influence, the amount of liturgical structure in their service is declining. Even the more historical denominations are swapping the lectionary and hymnals for the concert style worship and the three-point practical sermon.

This is not totally unwarranted. Liturgical worship is hard to connect with it at first. It has its set rules and order that may strike intimidating to the beginner. Also, the context and the manner in which…

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