Stott on Form and Freedom

Today's Worship Quote speaks to that delicate balance between form and 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 form.

-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.


CHIP'S THOUGHTS

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!