OK - perhaps a shallow chat this evening - but bear with me. I am a big fan of liturgical structure. My sending incumbent indoctrinated me with the belief that you can do anything as long as it has intergrity within the liturgical structure. He used to put together great "charismatic liturgical" evening services - if I remember rightly mainly because the diocese needed to take people on the local ministry course to experience some charismatic worship and there wasn't anyone else doing it in a 'safe' C of E context at the time. Back then I used to get to be the one who stood by the piano warbling - happy days.
This evening though talking to my bass player (sic. husband) we came across Morrissey's Angel, Angel Down We Go Together and thought it would make a good addition to Changing Worship's Alternative Hymnal. Then as I thought this through I started to think about liturgical structure and the way a DJ structures music on a dance floor - creating atmosphere, inviting people onto the floor with the fmailiar and the comfortable (but fun), building the tempo to that part of the night when it seems only the strange and disconnected are not moving and dancing as one - swept away by the rhythm and joy.
I am torn as to how I feel about this - I've been to some terribly manipulative worship where they obviously really got the DJ thing. But are we learning enough from those who can fill a dance floor?
Or if the strange and disconnected are marginalised by such experiences - how can it express the gospel anyway?