Every now and then, an article like this one in the American Conservative will come out. William Brafford of First Things brings up an important factor that may be overlooked:
— William B. (@williamrandolph) January 15, 2014
I have many other thoughts on the search for what may ultimately be considered “sensuality” in worship, but I found this paragraph to be rather notable, emphasis mine:
For high-school English teacher Jesse Cone, joining the Orthodox Church fulfilled a deep yearning for community and sacramental reality. Cone grew up in the Presbyterian Church of America, heavily involved in youth group and church activities. While attending Biola University, an evangelical school in southern California, Cone returned home over the summers to help lead youth-group activities. He was hired as a youth pastor and “even preached a sermon.” But at Biola, Cone struggled to find a home church. There were many megachurches in the area that didn’t have the “organic, everyday substance” Cone was seeking.
I identify strongly with the repulsion from megachurch Christianity as found in Orange County in California, but the second half of the sentence seems a bit off.
Surely the ordinary means of grace as administered in the Reformation (see: Presbyterian) tradition represent a more earthy, everyday substance than the ornate, gilded and embroidered practice of the Eastern Orthodox.
For the Reformed & Presbyterian, a tradition which emphasizes salvation on the basis of free grace through Christ’s work, a righteousness imputed by faith on the authority of Scripture as God’s inspired Word, sufficient for all of faith and practice. A tradition which allows the farmer to worship at the plow, doing all to the glory of God, knowing that his vocation and faith make him no less a man of faith than the pastor in the pulpit. A tradition which brings faith into the every day, into the ordinary.
There is a reason the table bearing the Supper looks like the one you see in your home every day.