I include this here because I think this is a perfect example of the sort of contemporary worship "style" so many Lutherans are doing their best to achieve and emulate. This particular example has it all: The praise band with its lead singers, the back-up choir, the big screens, the un-vested pastor introducing the act and saying a few words after the performance, the applause of the audience, and, of course, a praise song that fits very well into the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) genre. And, it's all done extremely well. At least, I think so. I ain't the most musical person, but having witnessed many attempts at contemporary worship over the years, I gotta give props to this group at Faith, Troy for doing it well.
My question to the four or five readers of this blog is: Does this "style" of contemporary worship jive with our Lutheran theology of worship? Why, or why not?
Obviously, I have my own answer and many reasons to support my answer, but I'm genuinely interested in hearing how others answer this question and hearing the reasons they give for their answer, especially in light of the fact that I will be attending the Theological Conference on Worship in Jenison, MI this coming Saturday, the first of three such conferences scheduled in our District in the coming weeks.
So, what do you think?