So the people all come together in rows in the church, and they face forward. So what?
Well, it’s the same physical set up as a stage play, and everybody knows about those. You plunk down in a seat. …At H-hour the lights go up; the actors start performing, a prompter offstage whispers cues – and the spectators lean back and evaluate how they do.
But church? No. No. No. No. No. No. No!
Church is unique. Whether the people in the congregation ever discover it or not, they are the actors. The up-front people are the prompters, whispering cues as needed – and God is the audience, looking on to see how they do.
Many poor churches don’t even know who’s supposed to be doing it! What lousy, lousy plays they put on! The actors sit around lethargically while the prompters practically exhaust themselves trying to do all their lines for them so the play will still give a lively appearance.
- Quoted from Up with Worship by Anne Ortlund, original idea by Soren Kierkegaard.