Form and Freedom
freedom when it comes to planning and leading worship.
FORM AND FREEDOM
Now public worship is a vital part of the life of the local church. It is
even essential to its identity. Yet in the interest of "spontaneity" worship
services often lack both content and form . . . . Most churches could afford
to give more time and trouble to the preparation of their worship. It is a
mistake to imagine either that freedom and form exclude one another, or that
the Holy Spirit is the friend of freedom in such a way as to be the enemy of
-John Stott, in THE GOSPEL AND THE END OF TIME, InterVarsity Press, 1991,
page 124, as collected in AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY: FROM THE WRITINGS OF JOHN
STOTT, compiled by Timothy Dudley-Smith, InterVarsity Press, 1995.
[I usually vote for "planned spontaneity" - a service that is very carefully
and thoroughly planned, but one in which the plan does not rigidly dictate
everything that transpires. ]
Have a great week,