I want to understand the uniqueness of corporate worship so that I know how to design worship services. I’ve been thinking about wedding vs. honeymoon, and I am wondering if individual worship can be compared to a honeymoon. A honeymoon is a private celebration of unity, identity, exclusivity, belonging, disclosure, and respectful abandonment.
But what about the corporate gathering: should it more closely resemble a wedding than a honeymoon? Both weddings and honeymoons are celebrations of unity, identity, and belonging, but one is far more intimate than the other. The public event utilizes symbols, vows, order and some modesty to enact the love between two people.
I’ve noticed that the corporate worship gathering is steadily becoming more individualized and intimate. Is this due to the increasing maturity of the worshiper, or is it because individual worship and personal piety are in disrepair?
Is it like a man and his wife who are inordinately affectionate in public, but who sleep in different rooms when they go home? Has the increasing intimacy of corporate worship (evidenced in some song lyrics) evolved because of the Individual’s inattention to the discipline and practice of individual worship?
I don’t know the answers, but I want to ask the questions. Please contribute your thoughts in the comments below.
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