Someone sent me a link to an article in Hell’s Bible (aka The New York Times) about “experimental worship” and moving beyond institutional church… sort of like what the National catholic Reporter praises.
There is some pretty crazy stuff in the NYT piece. For example:
One Sunday before Easter, the pastor at the Relevant Church in Tampa, Fla., wearing a rabbit suit, whisked the unsuspecting congregation away on chartered buses to a nearby park to build enthusiasm for the coming service.
Crazy, yes, but nothing new. Sounds like a Jesuit-run college chapel.
In reading the NYT piece, if you bother, you might find yourself asking, as I did:
What’s so new about Protestant sects (or liberal catholics) engaging in experimental worship?
On the other hand, in sync with LCWR’s call to “move beyond Jesus”, and liberals’ cry in general to move beyond the “institutional church”, we will be urged to move beyond active participation to inter-active participation.
Thank you, Pope Benedict for Summorum Pontificum.
Protestants (or liberal catholics) have been seeking for that ever elusive holy grail “Relevance” since they introduced hymns into their “liturgy”.
The Ghost of Lib-Mass yet to come.