How long does it take for something cool to become a running joke?
Everyone likes to look like they’re with it, and that they know what they’re doing. Churches put as much energy into making worship “flow” as any performance. No one wants to see someone trip and throw communion juice everywhere, or someone get stuck in an awkward pause, or the doves get released into the sanctuary at the wrong time.
So churches, pastors, choirs, and band rehearse and practice so everyone is impressed. Sometimes it pays off, and God himself shows up just in time for the key change in the third verse. Other times, it comes off as dorky as a Ke$ha performance on Saturday Night Live (she looked like she had been bitten by a pack of rabid laser cats from 1987.) And sometimes, church just turns into a long-running joke so predictable, David Letterman could’ve written it himself.
Take this church service for example…
Recognize your church in there somewhere?