Liturgy is good

I grew up in the Assemblies of God denomination and spent early adulthood in the Charismatic movement - and I'm very thankful for so much of my upbringing.

But I do recall many a direct statement, and many more indirect ones, that subtly mocked the mainline churches for their rigid services that weren't "led by the Spirit".  

The sentiment at the time was that any church service that didn't just go with the flow of the spirit (whatever exactly that meant!) was "religious" (the Pharisaical type, of course) and then the worst of all pronouncements would be made - these churches were "legalistic".

Religion.  Legalism.  Ewwwwwwww!!!

These legalistic churches were at best to be pitied and at worst - to be avoided like the plague.

What would my old brothers and sisters in Christ think of me now - going to a modern liturgical church pastored by an ordained Anglican?  

In response to Jesus' "do this in remembrance of me", churches since about the 4th century have, during the communion service, recited some form of almost the same liturgical rejoinder:
Christ has died.
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.
And so it is in our church.  Every Sunday we take communion and every Sunday we recite that old response.  And I love it - every time.  

And every time, that last line chokes me up - I think because all my hopes and dreams are pointed at that great Day.

Enjoy Andrew Peterson's take on this ancient and beautiful acclamation which makes our story The Greatest Story Ever Told...

"Thank you, Father, that Christ will come again and make all things new..."

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