Why Evangelicals Think They Hate Liturgy

Thursday, 09 Aug 2007

Much of the confusion about worship within Protestant circles is bound up with confusion about the nature and work of the Holy Spirit.
One of the common ways of configuring the world of American Protestantism is to divide it along the lines of worship practice. Accordingly, there are liturgical and non-liturgical churches. What makes communions liturgical is their use of prayer books, set forms for worship, ministers dressing in garb different from the congregation (gowns or robes), an occasional processional and recessional to begin and end the service, the weekly observance of the Lord's Supper, and generally a sober and dignified mood in worship. Most typically we think of evangelicals as having perfected the non-liturgical worship service. Evangelicals are non-liturgical because ...

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