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Orthodox Lite

Discussion in 'Non-denominational' started by authiodionitist, Sep 11, 2007.

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  1. authiodionitist

    authiodionitist Senior Member

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    Hey, just dropping this off for perusal from the TAW side of CF..... ;)


    ‘Orthodox lite’ services draw ritual-hungry evangelicals

    http://www.larknews.com/september_20...ary.php?page=5

    AKRON, Ohio — When a new Antiochian Orthodox church opened up and drew families from several evangelical churches, it created a minor buzz around town.
    At the Evangelical Free church, it also created another service.
    "I’ve been caught off guard by other shifts in church trends," says EV Free pastor Brian Fitzgerald, 44. "Not this time."
    In a defensive maneuver, his church soon added an Orthodox-style service to cater to people who want more ritual and a feeling of connection to historical tradition.
    "It’s the same sermon, same worship songs in many cases, just done in a more liturgical style," Fitzgerald says. "I don’t mind changing the packaging for people. It freshens it up for them and for me."
    The new "Liturgical Service," as they call it, has become the most popular service even among young people. After the "standard" evangelical service at 9:30 a.m., workers decorate the platform with candles, non-specific iconography and other religious-looking items. Fitzgerald wears generic vestments and adopts a more somber manner. He reads from a liturgical book and the congregation responds by reading words on the screens.
    "I like the reverence and the mood," says one girl, 16. "It feels more spiritual."
    "I like the candles," her friend chimes in.
    The effort seems to be working to keep church members from straying elsewhere. In St. Paul, Minn., Family Life Center recently created a liturgical service and says some families have opted to stay rather than try out other churches. Jessica Onstead, 38, was dissatisfied enough last year with the "fluffiness" of evangelical church services that she visited an Orthodox service and liked parts of it. But she was uncomfortable with the "kissing of strangers, genuflecting and standing for an hour during the sermon."
    She ended up back at her non-denominational church which had by then added an Orthodox-style service. She now attends "standard" services one week and Orthodox-style the next, at the same church.
    "One is light and airy, and the other is dark and sacred," she says. "I get a balance this way."
    One pastor explains that most people don’t want to switch traditions, but just want "a taste of ritual and liturgy to supplement their usual tradition. If a few candles and a change of presentation satisfy that, we’re all for it."
    Other evangelicals who have flirted with the Orthodox tradition found that they, too, prefer courtship to commitment. The Bartel family of suburban Cleveland, Ohio, tried the local Orthodox church for a month, but "couldn’t make the cultural shift long-term," says the father. When they walked back into an evangelical service, "the drums and guitars sounded pretty good for once."
     
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  2. Kvikklunsj

    Kvikklunsj Well-Known Member

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    You almost had me posting an angry rant until I actually went to larknews.com. :p Guess it kind of says something either way because I can imagine some churches actually doing something like that... *shakes head*
     
  3. Svt4Him

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    Why is there a need for Christians to come together and be afraid?
     
  4. JolieHeart

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    Interesting
     
  5. authiodionitist

    authiodionitist Senior Member

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    Have you been to one of our services?
     
  6. Kvikklunsj

    Kvikklunsj Well-Known Member

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    No. I've definitely been considering it, though.
     
  7. MoNiCa4316

    MoNiCa4316 Totus Tuus

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    I think in the context, they're just talking about it feeling more reverent. There are different worship styles out there, and they are all useful in different ways :) For me, sometimes I want to just 'be still and know that He is God', and sometimes I want to praise Him in a more 'expressive' way.
     
  8. authiodionitist

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