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Five Benefits of Liturgical Worship



these are five benefits of liturgical worship now it's very often that I meet people and when they see me and they find out that I'm a pastor they ask you know what kind of a church that I'm at and there are a lot of assumptions that people make and one is that I'm probably not part of one of those you know traditional churches I'm probably some kind of nondenominational guy or something like that I don't know if it's because of my beard and my skinny jeans or the fact that I roast my own coffee and listen to indie music but people always see seem to think like oh you're like one of those hit Millennials so you must be like part of this kind of church you know people ask me if I'm a youth pastor that happens a lot tell them no no I'm a Lutheran pastor Oh what kind of Lutheran you know and no I'm at a very traditional Lutheran Church we use liturgical worship and people are surprised by that and I don't know why that is that people are surprised by that I think they assume that you know younger people are all into contemporary music and why would you ever be into something old and traditional but there are a lot of benefits to liturgical worship and so there are reasons why the churches use this form of worship for so long you know having you know praise bands and contemporary services is a relatively new thing and so if we look back at the history of the church we might want to ask these questions you know why did Christians worship this way why was it something that lasted for so long and are there any benefits to it or should we just kind of throw all that stuff out and all do contemporary worship and destroy any kind of traditional structure and worship whatsoever well I don't think so so these are five reasons why it's beneficial to keep a liturgical worship service and to worship in that way the first is that there is so much scripture in a liturgical service and I think a lot of people don't realize this who aren't as familiar with it but the the words of the liturgy the words that are being recited that are being chanted that are being sung these are really words that are directly from Scripture itself so really you're gonna find more Scripture in a liturgical service than you're going to find in most contemporary services even just the fact that there are three Scripture readings and a psalm in each worship service is more than you often get when you go to another church and they just have maybe a short scripture reading and then the sermon is based on that scripture reading so there is just more of God's Word in a liturgical service and that in and of itself should be enough to show you that there are plenty of benefits in a liturgical worship service the second is that a liturgical worship service mirrors the worship in heaven and in heaven we're given a picture of what worship looks like in the book of Revelation and there are a lot of things that are described in heavenly worship that might not look like what a lot of Christian churches today look like and so think about some of the things that happen first of all you've got people in white robes they're vested and these people are bowing down at certain times there are certain words that are recited together there are certain postures such as bowing and kneeling that happened throughout heavenly worship it's not just purely spontaneous but we see that there are words that are memorized words there are some words that are spoken all together we have an altar there and heavenly worship where prayers are offered up to God and those prayers of the Saints on earth are received on that altar in heaven we see incense being used and so if you look through the book of Revelation of what worship looks like in heaven we see that it really looks like a liturgical service so a liturgical worship service that we have here on earth mirrors the worship that is currently going on in heaven and it helps us to see that there is this connection between heaven and earth and the things that are happening in heaven before the throne of the Lamb are occurring on earth here even as we gather together to worship that Lamb in our churches today the third benefit is that it's historic and Christians have been using liturgical forms of worship for a very long period of time in fact since the church actually begun and so we can look back at the early church and we can read documents from the 2nd and 3rd centuries that begin to tell us a little bit about what's going on in worship now we don't have you know a worship order of service or something like that going back from those times but we do have hence where Christians are writing about the kind things that go on in worship and when we look at that it really is the same things that we see in a liturgical worship service today so these are some of the some of the benefits here is that you have a connection not just with you know our culture today not just with our world today but we have a connection with the church throughout the ages the Church Catholic you know we believe in one Holy Catholic Apostolic Church we believe in the communion of saints and and so we're connecting with those saints we're connecting with that historic church as we use some of those same words and worship that Christians have always used and these are the things that God has used to bless his people throughout the centuries and so why would we deviate so far from that and I'm not saying that we don't add any new elements because throughout the centuries we do you know throughout the centuries little things are added that weren't there previously but the basic structure has been one of continuity we keep what Christians have used in the past and maybe we might change a few things and add some things and change the tunes but generally the worship service in the structure has remained the same the fourth benefit is that in a liturgical service the church service itself is not led by things like emotion or feelings and a lot of Christianity today seems to be led that way by emotions or by feelings and it's about feeling close to God and you feel a certain way in the worship service you feel a certain way when the certain music is being played and you often judge your relationship to God based on how you're feeling at the moment so we might think things like well I feel far away from God because I haven't felt his presence recently but a liturgical worship service gives us not just something based on feeling and feeling is not bad of course emotions are good we should certainly have emotions and God gave us those things but our standing before God is not based on how we feel it's based on something objective it's based on what God has done through His Son Jesus Christ and the promises that he gives us in Word and sacrament and so when we have a liturgical worship service that is focused on the Word of God and the sacraments that he gives us as a if we have something objective we have something we can grab on to we can hold on to and say this is real this is objective this is true doesn't matter how I'm thinking how I'm feeling at the moment because it's true and God has said it and God has done it and here are the things that we can grab onto and so while we certainly get emotional at different times you know there are emotions I should go through a worship service you know we're convicted of our sins there's a certain emotion when we're freed by the gospel we hear the good news of the forgiveness of Christ there certainly should be joy in those kinds of things but emotions should not drive our Christian faith and so this liturgical service helps us to put these things I think in proper perspective and the final one is that it's something that unites us not just with the church in history but the church throughout the world and so there is something amazing about the fact that you know we have a worship service say in our lutheran congregation and if I were to go to lutheran congregation you know in Kenya many of the elements of that worship service would really be the same and yeah there might be some differences in the instruments that are used and of course the language is going to be different but the basic elements of the service are going to be the same and so it unites Christians it unites Christians from all over the world and even different Christian traditions that are following you know the same lectionary that are following some of the same traditions that have dealt to the history of the church whether Lutheran or Anglican or Roman Catholic or something else and so we have these you know common traditions that unite us and so it really is an amazing thing that when I'm worshiping I'm thinking about the fact that other people are worshiping in the same way and it doesn't divide people see one of the concerns that I have about contemporary worship styles is that it tends to divide people because it plays into our kind of consumer attitude in our culture that says well I want what I want and I take all the things that make me feel good or that fit my personal preferences and what happens is that the church is divided generationally and so we have here is the church for the boomers now here's the church for the Gen Xers and here's the church for the Millennials now we're going to have other searches for you know Gen Z or whatever and moving forward you know we have these different churches and so the church ends up being divided by things like age groups and this happens pretty often and I've seen churches where you know they have the traditional service than the contemporary service and in those churches a couple times I've seen where the traditional service is the contemporary worship music for the boomers and that the traditional serve or the contemporary service is the modern worship music so even in those ways just with these generations that there can be divisions and I think that's that's really unfortunate and I mean we're missing a lot when we don't have an understanding that we're united in the body of Christ and when we're dividing so much based on like preferences of you like this worship style like this worship style I want to be with people in this age group I want to be with people in this age group it really starts to divide the church in an unhealthy way because the church is supposed to be one where we're all united in it and we learn from those in the body of Christ who are of different age groups different backgrounds and we're missing so much of that I think when we divide based on things like a particular style or something that's cool something that that we like so these are just five of the reasons why a liturgical service is beneficial and there are many more we can look at a lot of reasons and maybe I'll do a second video if you guys like this and and let me know if you want something further on this I'm going to be releasing a book on liturgical worship I have it totally written it's just got to get edited and published so I will if you're interested in the subject keep an eye out for the how I'll make a video about it when that book is is released but it just kind of gives an introduction to why we do liturgical worship and then a little bit of an explanation of each element and where these things come from and scripture and what what the meaning behind them is so thanks so much for watching if you like this video please do like and subscribe check out my other videos on this channel and we'll see you next time god bless

Otis Rodgers

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36 COMMENTS

  1. sarco64 Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Marshall McLuhan famously stated that "the medium is the message." I think that liturgical worship is the appropriate medium for the Lutheran understanding of worship as being "bi-directional." By that I mean that God serves us through word and sacrament and we respond with praise and thanksgiving. By contrast, most of American Evangelicalism understands worship to be strictly uni-directional. It is what we do to praise and glorify God, and, they argue, what better way is there to do that than to have a worship team/praise band leading what is essentially a pep rally for Jesus? I don't see how this style of worship could ever be compatible with the Lutheran understanding of word and sacrament.

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  2. Anthony Hilton Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I agree with everything you said, but please get rid of the skinny jeans. 😁

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  3. Kevin Hughes Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Got to tell you brother, I find your videos extremely helpful, I hope that you keep on making videos!

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  4. J.R. Taylor Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you Pastor.

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  5. Gabriel Ungacta Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Liturgical worship is the key to ecumenicalism and a united Christian church.

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  6. Magnulus76 Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I prefer liturgical worship but I don't necessarily think that has to be slavishly bound by tradition, singing 19th century hymns from a hymnal.

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  7. Reformed Christian Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I love the Liturgical Service; that is all my home Church practices. I have attend Contemporary Services in a LC-MS and have even helped play in the band which I enjoyed. I can truly say there seems to be a lot more respect shown during worship in the Liturgical Divine Service and when I travel it is nice to just be able to worship liturgically with my brothers and sisters in familiarity and common unity. God's peace

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  8. Toby Fryer Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    watched this for my gcse (this is my little brothers account) and so helpful, i now understand liturgical worship so much more and have a true respect for it

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  9. Bible Study Down Under Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Liturgical worship is beautiful, contemporary worship is loud and noisy whereas liturgical worship is quiet and peaceful

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  10. Deep Thinker Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I'm here with the home based and I thank you for making these videos – <3

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  11. shani T. B Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I like this video and I think that liturgical worship is great but I feel like there’s a big misconception that non-liturgical worship is something that is more modern and fitting to the standards of how humans want to worship , but it isn’t . Idk whether this is just in my church , but we read the scripture ALOT and whilst reading the scripture we’re taught to meditate on it and for me I feel like if God is telling me something so wonderful about myself , if I know about all the miracles he’s done for people and all the miracles he’s done for me , I can’t help but get excited . This is basically the same with everyone in my church so everyone just starts jumping , dancing , repeating and singing these uplifting scriptures . I’d also like to add the fact that in the bible it tells us that the joy of the lord is my strength , so personally for me I prefer non – liturgical worship where I’m free to laugh and just be as loud and joyful as I want because that’s how god makes me feel on a daily , and tbh meditating in a non-liturgical way has healed me from depression , since I was no longer focused on the stress or trying to stay calm , but I started to focus on god and the joy happiness AND peace that he brings me . That’s just my personal opinion , but still a great video , well done and god bless u . Xx🥰🥰

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  12. Nugget of Truth - Eric King Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you for this post. Many american Christians do not understand "liturgical worship". I gave a talk regarding the same issue that you might enjoy:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEAglUa0Vuw

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  13. YRB Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I really miss liturgical worship. Hoping to return to Lutheran church, if I can find one that is serious about this and not going "blended" or all out contemporary. Thanks so much for this video.

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  14. Dennis Takashima Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I hate modern contemporary worship! Worship should aim at formal reverence, not modern pandering to current culture. Any historic and orthodox worship form besides contemporary are the best forms.

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  15. David Dixon Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Amen brother! I am a actually reading a book called The Lord’s Service by Jeffrey Myers and I now know the importance of Biblical liturgical worship! I would highly recommend this book from Canon Press! I actually am a reformed Presbyterian in the CREC and I see that this is Biblical worship that we ought to do on The Lord’s Day! It is unfortunate because of the rejection of liturgical worship and order (clearly ordered in the Bible) in modern churches. May we pray that we all may grow in our Biblical ways and God bless!

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  16. Barb Wellman Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Liturgical worship is a procession of entering into and receiving Christ in His Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation). Where Heaven meets Earth.

    The Early Church service (explained in Justin Martyr's apologia, Chapter 67, written 190 AD ) included the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

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  17. M-PERIAL ENTERTAINMENT D Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I like your video. You made a lot of good points. I grew up in a Southern Baptist church. They had one style of worship. In my adult years, I began attending a presbyterian church and they were liturgical and I enjoyed it better than any contemporary church service. When I began my Puritan studies I read up on the Regulative Principle. I visited another presbyterian church which holds a strict adherence to this principle and it was simple and wonderful. It was similar to liturgical worship, but they rejected the liturgical calendar as a product of Rome. I would still take liturgical any day over contemporary mumbo jumbo and "emotionally driven worship".

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  18. Ron Obvious Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Came out of non liturgical background and never want to leave a liturgical setting. The problem is that where I live most liturgical churches are also mainline protestant ones and they're all into social justice, never talking about sin (unless it's not accepting the stranger or some such thing), etc. We have a couple of Anglican groups in the area who do take God seriously but they're liturgical-lite. You get one scripture reading only and no one kneels for any reason – ever. So many little bits and pieces are cut out here and there. They do have the kickin' worship band and, probably as a result, they have very young people in the congregations. I'm in one of those churches now and not liking it too much.

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  19. JH Swann Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Eastern Orthodox: Can confirm.

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  20. HAWKEYE RANDY Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you, you have hit the nail on the head.

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  21. Junker Jörg Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    lol ur such a hipster millenial I love it XD

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  22. Life At Home Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Yes! We switched to a more liturgucal church when we moved last year- not as lit prob as a lutheran church but still- much more so than the non-denoms we had attended. And I LOVE how much scripture is read! And the beauty of taking part in respinsive readings, and the congregational prayer, and the greetings and benedictions, and the liturgical colors. Love it all! 💚💚

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  23. krbohn101 Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Very well said!

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  24. LabyrinthPodcast Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    The Lutheran congregation with which I was involved in the early 2000s was struggling with retention, and not long after I joined, they began to experiment with a contemporary service, which became a very well-attended service, but was a very shallow, feel-good experience. Plenty of young families attended, but few became involved members of the congregation, and few offerings were collected. Even the music-director and band were growing apathetic toward the traditional service, and it took its toll on the congregation.

    It really is important to maintain liturgical worship, because even a small congregation, if loyal, provides a solid foundation on which to build community.

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  25. David Linton Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    This is good but it doesn’t go far enough. Liturgy is Scriptural. The paradigm is set in Exodus 24 and culminates in I Corinthians 11. Look to covenant renewal ceremonies in Scripture.

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  26. Jason Nota Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Would like you to do a second video on this subject.

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  27. Harroldsfaith Wonders Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Well said and explained. Thanks for posting.

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  28. Patrick Hewitt Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I see calvin in the background 😮

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  29. Rodney Royal Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hey, which Lutheran Church are you a pastor of

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  30. ColdFusionMusical Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Well said pastor Cooper, I love liturgical worship, I find it very peaceful and healing.

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  31. RomGabe Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    AMEN to this video: 5 reasons to have liturgical service:
    1.Scripture fills the service
    2.Heavenly service is liturgical
    3.Bond to ages before us
    4.Helps us not to base our faith on feelings, but to let feelings rest upon God’s Word and sacraments
    5.Unites us with churches in all the world – and young and old Christians.

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  32. debbie cordis Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you! Well said!

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  34. J. Dean Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I too came out of Contemporary worship movement, and am glad I did. The liturgical worship form takes frills and distractions in a way that CoWo does not (I wrote a book about it). Good video, Jordan.

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  35. Katie Meadows Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    As one who came out of the non-liturgicals, I love the peace and consistency of the liturgy.  Thank you for this video.

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  36. RomGabe Posted on July 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you for Law & Gospel!

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