Wisconsin is on the Cutting Edge of Worship


This wonderful innovation hasn’t made it up here to the northwoods—yet. It may be difficult to introduce this up here, not only because it might not be well received. You see, we do not have a ready supply of Elvis impersonators here. Our only option would be to borrow one from one of the on-reservation casios.

I was reflecting on how one could liturgically integrate “I’m All Shook Up”. Would it work best as part of the confiteor (our sins have us all shook up?) or as an offertory (parting with my offering has me all shook up?).

After our sideburns have grown out and we can locate some blue suede shoes, we might be able to avoid hiring an impersonator. Pastors could do that themselves. A rhinestone chausible must be doable.

Here’s the link to the story from Pewaukee (just west of Milwaukee).

This article even negatively contrasts Elvis with ——-Paul Gerhardt! Anyone who prefers Gerhardt to Elvis is ok with me.

Posted by Pomeranus


4 comments on “Wisconsin is on the Cutting Edge of Worship

  1. Athanasius66 says:

    The sad part about this is that many of our own LCMS congregations would see no problem with this. In fact, I wouldn’t suggest passing the idea around. For example, my wife recently attended an LCMS congregation in one of our larger wisconsin cities. The congregation had just added on a new part to the church in order to hold an “alternative” service – an altervative to the “traditional” service and the “contemporary” service. There was no altar and not a cross was to be seen. The only thing held before the eyes of those in attendance as the sat on couches (sipping on coffee?)or sitting on chairs, was a sheet with the words “MY STORY” written on it. The theme for the day seemed to be “How to share my personal testimony”
    Much law, but little clear Gospel was heard. For the most part the music was the typical anthropo-centric “contemporary”, “evangelical” pop-sounding stuff heard at many “contemporary” “praise” services in 21st century protestant churches. With the exception of a statement of the real presence of Christ printed in the bulletin, there was nothing in the service that distingueshed it from any other American, Presby-metho-bapta-costal church. The clear Gospel was all but lost.

  2. fathertheophilus says:

    One of the saddest things about this goofy kind of worship is that it denigrates both good pop music and timeless, reverent liturgical music of depth. Something relatively good, depending on your taste (pop, rock, alternative music, etc.) is used to convey something absolutely good (the Word, the Gospel) and in so doing, both the relative and the absolute good are brought down. That is why absolute good should be conveyed with a high quality music that is also objectively good (and I think some kinds of music can be argued to be such, whether someone likes it or not).

  3. pomeranus says:

    Perhaps we should engage in a study or discussion of a Christian aesthetic. The good and the beautiful have their place in our worship as the above comments note. Perhaps in a world in which “ugly” is all the rage, and “kitsch” is the benchmark, beautiful music, poetry, art are some of the best evangelism tools available.

  4. pomeranus says:

    I recently had a conversation with someone who moved to the Fox Cities area and has spent almost a year trying to find an LCMS congregation that is half-way compatible with their traditional piety. It is apparently no simple task. Pastors don’t vest, discerneable liturgy is not present. Entertainment seems to be the underlying principle. Although they live in Kaukauna, they are driving to Neenah to worship. Has traditional Lutheran worship become that rare?

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