I sent last week’s posting to an old friend of mine who works as a Protestant minister at one of the largest churches on the East Coast. First, I asked him what he thought of the lack of formality in the Glendale church and if this whole “modern” worship thing is really the recipe for success that these churches hope it is.
Here’s what he had to say: Reverend Matt 1
He also added this interesting perspective on how this dichotomy of formal vs. informal that these churches are wrestling with is far from new in America.
Next, I asked him to respond to my talk about the nature of communion and role that behavioral expectations and community play in the overall worship experience.
Specifically, why do we have communion and what purpose does it serve for both the individual and the community? Beyond this, how important are expectations in a religious experience? In order for church-going to make sense, does the church community need to expect something from us?
Here are his answers: Reverend Matt 3