Has Our Worship Become A Performance?
Honestly, I enjoy both. Having grown up in a traditional old baptist church in the deep South, I know every hymn in the book and love a good traditional worship service. But I'm also a worship music fan and love me some worship music also. But I noticed one interesting thing. In a traditional service, everyone knows the hymns and sings along. But in most contemporary services, I'm finding very few people in the congregation participate.
What I'm finding in more and more contemporary churches - the worship aspect of the service has become a performance. Excellent music and musicians to be sure, but the audience isn't participating at all. Rather than being invited into the worship experience, the music leaders are just performing and there's something important being lost. After all, we can attend a concert anywhere, but in my experience the point of the music service is to invite the participation of the congregation. Making it a "corporate" experience is what makes it unique. What do you think? Which experience best fit you Contemporary, Traditional or Both?