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Why Going Through the Motions Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

The problem is when we blame the liturgy, blame the motions, as being unhelpful. Some are, for sure. But we don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water.

The problem isn’t the liturgy or the form. It’s not the musical style. The problem isn’t with traditional religious practices. It’s our own hearts.

Sure, we need to be sensitive to the demographic of our people. If the way we do church doesn’t connect with most of our people, we need to tweak our methods.

A good liturgy leads us in the practices that are helpful for us—habits that form us into a peculiar people, set apart for the glory of God. Don’t kid yourself that you don’t need to meet on Sundays because you have a living relationship with God and the church isn’t a “building.”

We need each other. We need the weekly reminder, the weekly motions.

We have a generation that is hungry for something real.

As leaders in the church, let’s lead people in the habits, disciplines, practices that are helpful for their transformation.  

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David is a Worship Pastor at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, PA.