One of the great misconceptions ofworship is that God is the audienceand the parish members perform for Him. In some parishes the choiris up front instead of the balconyand the impression is given that theyare serenading God on behalf of thecongregation.In Worship God has more to give usthan we can give to Him, Absolution,Word, Sacrament, Benediction.
Anonymous,You bring up a very good point. The choir and musicians being up front, in many ways appears to be a performance, very problematic. I would even go as far as it being distracting, because the performance appears to be attempting to entertain the parishioners as well as God. But then again some sanctuaries are stuck with a poor design. Intentional? Who knows. And what God gives the world by grace is even more amazing. All we can offer back is thanks and praises and our bodies as living sacrifices to the glory of his holy name. Pale in comparison what we can ever give back as you noted. More times than often we fall short in our good works and and vile in our sinful behavior. So back be come each week to his Divine Liturgy on bent knees as beggars, to receive his gifts.
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