Scott Aniol interacts with Glenn Packiam's response to Hans Boersma's article on First Things, "The Liturgical Medium is the Message," and argues that both authors have a similar errant expectation that Christians ought to expect to physically experience God's manifest presence through the liturgy and music. Rather, Christians must draw near to God by faith. Scott then recommends a book that well articulates this corrective to medieval and contemporary experientialism, What Happens When We Worship by Jonathan Landry Cruse.
"The Liturgical Medium is the Message" by Hans Boersma: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/05/the-liturgical-medium-is-the-message
"Why Contemporary Worship Isn't Actually Ruining the Church" by Glenn Packiam: https://www.missioalliance.org/why-contemporary-worship-is-not-ruining-the-church
What Happens When We Worship by Jonathan Landry Cruse: https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/what-happens-when-we-worship-cruse.html
A biblical understanding of the corporate importance of gathered worship should impact everything we do in corporate worship. Listen as Scott Aniol discusses such implications. Read this at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-work-of-the-people.
Unfortunately, while contemporary evangelical churches don’t necessarily suffer from the kind of sacerdotalism that developed in the medieval church, a similar problem has emerged. Listen as Scott Aniol explains. You can read this at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/sacerdotalism-in-contemporary-worship.
In the second half of chapter 6 of Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, Scott Aniol discusses how to best prepare for and participate in corporate worship each week.
Every member should be actively involved in corporate worship, for the glory of God, to the benefit of our own individual fellowship with God, and for the building up of the entire body. Posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-work-of-ministry.
The worship that takes place in God’s temple is not reserved for ordained clergy who worship on behalf of the congregation as mediators between them and God. All believers are priests who have full access to the presence of God and who offer spiritual sacrifices to him. Listen as Scott Aniol explains in a reading of a post at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-priesthood-of-all-believers.
A brief reflection on "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" by Charles Wesley, set to ABERYSTWYTH. You can download this hymn at https://religiousaffections.org/hymns/jesus-lover-of-my-soul.