Crab of the Week

September 8, 2008 at 11:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

On the phrase ‘non-liturgical’

I take umbrage at this phrase on a few accounts:

  • liturgy means “work of the people” or “public work.” calling a church “non-liturgical means what, then?
  • Wikipedia says, “As a religious phenomenon, liturgy is a communal response to the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance. Ritualization may be associated with life events such as birth, coming of age, marriage, and death. It thus forms the basis for establishing a relationship with a divine agency, as well as with other participants in the liturgy. Methods of dress, preparation of food, application of cosmetics or other hygienic practices are all considered liturgical activities.” Do we not all do this? Well, maybe not the cosmetics.
  • Can we stop defining people by what they are not? (Yes, I realize that’s inconsistent with my last point, but it’s my blog and I can rant if I want to).  I would never call a denomination of people non-free, or non-Presbyterian, or non-evangelical.  If what you mean is that the churches in question are of a high liturgy or a formal liturgy, say that.
  • and stop calling me non-liturgical.
  • It ticks me off and makes me write “bullets o complaints.”
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  1. Yes!

    And while we’re at it, can we stop referring to services as “contemporary” or “traditional?” There’s nothing new and fresh about a service with drums and powerpoints if they’ve been doing the same danged thing for a decade. And just because a service is traditional doesn’t mean it isn’t of value in a contemporary society.


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