Thursday, March 31, 2011

Holy Holy Holy Week

So Holy Week is coming up, it's like Super Bowl week for Jesus Followers. Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and then the big one, Easter.

Traditionally these services are laid out and the orders of worship and rituals are pre-set. If I were in a traditional  church setting I'd be gearing up with palms, robes, incense, candles, etc. Now, this isn't to say that I'm not going to use palms and candles, but the way we use them and the orders of our worships won't be necessarily familiar to someone who grew up in the church.

That brings me to the point of this particular post, the hardest part of serving at an innovative church is continually pushing the creative edge. Anyone can be creative. Everyone has the capability to think outside of the box, but to balance that with staying in line with the Lutheran tradition becomes tricky.

We had a meeting today with a pastor who serves in amazing ways at a very traditional church. It got me thinking. Can postmodernism and Lutheranism coexist? Can we use these two seemingly different trains of thought on the same track? I'm not exactly sure how our Holy Week worships are going to turn out, but I do know if you don't try to push yourself then you'll never progress. This year will be an exercise in pushing Celebration beyond what we traditionally think of when we ponder Holy Week.

Here goes nothing!

Cheers, Mike.

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