I ran across this video on Out of Ur the other day. The first time I saw it I couldn’t stop laughing. Take a look:
Clearly, they’ve pegged the new liturgy of modern worship. As with all worship, there is a formula. And once you’ve used that formula a few dozen times, it does become rather predictable.
Still, there are two things to always remember with liturgy, whether old or new. First, people like the familiar and predictable at some level. The formulaic makes us feel safe and comfortable. It allows room for the new and challenging.
Second, it works. For as funny as this video is, this formula does work. People do respond to this liturgy in predictably positive ways.
Mind you, it’s not for everyone. But it does connect. It does help some people lift their hearts and worship God. In that sense, it is no different than older and more traditional forms of liturgy and worship.
It’s the sort of thing that makes me wonder: How could we learn from this new liturgy to improve the traditional liturgies of old? How can even this campy trailer inform our mainline worship?