Nothing like making a loud and ignorant entrance!
As you seem to be so hostile to liturgical worship, you must think your protestant church does it like the first century church. I use to hear that all the time as a Baptist. Facts are against you.
If you follow Church history back, you will see the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and other liturgical Churches worship more in line with how Jesus Christ worshiped. As already pointed out, Jesus was a Jew who kept the laws and ritual of the Jews in worship, etc. The first Christians worshiped in Temple and Synagogue until around 70 AD. At times they had to leave due to persecutions of the Jews or Romans, they continued to return unitl 70 AD. Reading the early Church Fathers shows the early church was liturgical. And the majority of the Church is still liturgical. Only small sections of protestantism is non-liturgical, or so they think.:rolleyes:
Scholarship has show how the present day liturgies evolved from the Jewish liturgy. Some liturgical Christians I know have gone to Jewish liturgies and have commented to me on how parts were very familiar to them.
As to humming…not in any Anglican or Roman Catholic Churches I have been in. PNCC or Old Catholic I have not been in so I can not say. I have only found (humming) in certain protestant churches. Unless you are talking about singing. Then yes, unfortunately to many Catholics, Anglicans, Protestants etal do not sing to the glory of God, just stand or sit in the pew. So maybe they are humming?:shrug:
Repeating prayers…first they are not vain so there is not a prohibition from Jesus. If so, Jesus would told St John in the Revelation the Angels and Elders were wrong. The Angels in Rev 4:8 do not rest day or night saying: Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come. Since they do not stop, according to Scripture are the Angels violating the word of Jesus Christ? Or do you have a misunderstanding of what Jesus is saying. I would say you are in error, as God would not and could not allow error or sin to enter Heaven.
So Jesus came to give us guidelines? The Lord’s Prayer is uttered every communion or prayer service, not because it is a guideline. But that is the way Christ taught us to pray.
Not to say only written prayers are used outside service. Though the Church through the centuries has written many, many thousands of beautiful prayers.
I agree our prayers should be meaniful and humble, whether pre-formed or “off the cuff”.
Though when taught to pray off the cuff while growing up baptist, I was give a basic outline of how the prayer should go and how it should end. You as have I have heard many “off the cuff prayers” that were just as empty and vain as those Jesus referred.
I have never been to a “fun” liturgical service. “Fun” non-liturgical yep. I have never in a liturgical Church watched a drama that was theological shallow pass for a worship service.
Never watch interpretative dance, films, praise bands only playing, comedy teams, puppet shows etc etc etc etc. They have had prayer, reverance, sacraments, songs of praise etc. I have only in protestant, Baptist to be exact, seen teenagers given the pulpit to preach and been horrified at what was said! I have never had a priest ask me if I have had “fun” in Mass. At times I do not, when God reveals my sin to me. My kids and I have been asked upon leaving protestant, Baptist and Church of God, churches if we had “fun” during worship. When we say no, we get some strange looks.
I witnessed in one non liturgical service a commuion, or Lords Supper, where the communion music was by Kansas, “Dust in the Wind.”:eek: While a great song, does not belong in a church setting. Fanny Crosby was probably spinning in her grave. A few years ago while still a baptist I witnessed a “moshpit” (hopfully spelled correctly) at a Sunday evening service. The teen age praise rock band lead the service. Nice rock concert, after the second song most of the young people rushed the platform and created the mosh pit. Totally out of control. The pastor said it was a moving of the spirit. Wonder which one?