Drama In Worship vs. Drama of Worship

The topics this week brought to attention the idea of drama both in and of worship. One of the textbooks For the Glory of God is rapidly becoming my favorite book at the moment. Chapter 11, brings up drama in the church. I love skits, cutaways, and the like during services and I think they add an awful lot to the service.

However, like with most things, it can become a distraction. The previous examples are ones of drama in worship. There is much to be said for the drama OF worship. How different the meaning becomes when one 2-letter word is replaced with another. It can become a little confusing at first and thankfully, Daniel Block (author) gives us a great definition.

The drama of worship is scene most in the remembrance and the reliving of the acts of wonder our Lord has done and will do for us. One example is about the Israelites in the Old Testament keeping alive the memory or God’s creation and salvation. The drama contained within the worship of the One True God is demonstrated in much of the Psalms. The Psalms sometimes tell stories or parables of God’s victory and eternal Kingdom. As I said before, drama in worship can be an effective ministry tool, but if we focus on Who our Lord is, no drama needs to be added. While the drama in worship is rhetorical, the drama of worship is about “participating in God’s great drama of redemption.” (p. 271)

“What is more dramatic than Abraham’s nearly sacrificing his son, the Israelites approaching Mount Sinai for an audience with God, Elijah’s encounter with God at Horeb, Jesus’ washing His disciples’ feet?”

Block goes on to say that we have this type of drama still around. IE, The Lord’s Supper and Liturgies. We are to keep them for remembrance and focus on the Lord, but not for “vain repetitions.”

Even so, nothing can be more real or dramatic than simply sitting in the presence of God…

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God…”

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