Is it Routine?
The Lord’s Prayer, the Kyrie, the Confession of Sins, the Absolution of Sins, the Gloria in Excelsis, the Niceen Creed, the Apostle’s Creed, the Sanctus, the Angus Dei, the Nunc Dimittis and the Benediction. These are all important elements of Lutheran worship that we use often.
We need to watch ourselves that we don’t use these out of habit or routine and give them only “lip service.” These are all critically important statements that need our undivided attention in worship.
Pastor Jeremiah Gumm commented on this subject at his blog:
On occasion, at our church we will use alternate arrangements of these elements to cause us to rethink and to help us to absorb what we are saying. I recently posted on a responsive version of the Lord’s prayer here:
A while back we used Steve Merkel’s version of the Kyrie. This uses the powerful “Lord Have Mercy” as a response to sin in musical form. We usually have a soloist sing the verses and the congregation joins in on the chorus. You can here the song performed here:
CCLI Song No. 2989578
© 2000 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
by Steve Merkel
We have even taken beautiful hymns like “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Issac Watts, and sang them to Chris Tomlin’s arrangement “The Wonderful Cross” and sang along to a musical video with vivid imagery that depicted the song lyrics. It takes on new meaning when you actually do survey the wondrous cross as you sing it.
It’s important to note that there is beauty and God-pleasing worship in our traditions. For this reason, we cling steadfastly to our traditions; and only use ideas as noted in this posting on an occassional basis – they are the exception, not the rule.