Is Mary comfortable? I mean, are the believers in your community who need to receive from God allowed to simply adore the Lord? Or are service and pragmatism dominating our worship these days?
Confession Do you have a “Theology of Confession?” Do you lead Confession and Absolution during services other than communion?
Is Technology truly transparent in your church? If any communications media are obvious, what does their presence and visibility communicate?
Are we free to “Be still” - and know that He is God? Is our silence timeless or is the clock always ticking? Do you feel the constant pressure to continue the process of liturgy and music?
Is the music deafening? How does that honor the God who made the human ear?
Images & the 2nd commandment John Dyer pointed out recently http://donteatthefruit.com/2010/09/the-10-commandments-where-the-medium-is-the-message that our perception is modified by the images we receive along with the message. He discusses one of the reasons God forbade the ‘graven images’ associated with Canaanite gods…
Music of intimacy v music of majesty - do we find our perception of God limited by the intimate musical language of contemporary worship songs?
Is our music choice devotional, cultural or commercial?
Where do our standards come from? From the largely amoral culture around us or from scripture’s timeless truth, classic art and natural beauty? (Yes, I’m biased against mass-produced art featuring built-in obsolescence and superficial, incomplete communication).
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