As Lent draws to a close, I have a confession to make. Two Sundays ago I had the congregation sing the doxology that includes the word, "Alleluia." (If you're a United Methodist, I'm referring to #94 in the UMH!) I did this completely without thinking. Can you believe it?
Surprisingly the congregation didn't storm out ~ nor did the roof collapse on us or thunder and lightening shake the foundations. If fact, when I pointed out my faux pas the following Sunday, most of the congregation didn't even realize that we are not supposed to use the word "Alleluia" during Lent, so it turned out to be a teaching opportunity.
As United Methodists, we are certainly not in the high church tradition, but this leads me to wonder about the importance of our liturgical practice. How does the average parishioner understand our liturgical tradition... and is it meaningful? How well do we education our congregations about the meaning of our liturgy?
To be sure, I will be more attentive to this in Lents to come....