Sunday, at the Collegium, we discussed composed versus extemporaneous prayers, focusing on possible reasons for the near exclusive use of extemporaneous prayers in our tradition. We landed on four:
  • The free-church has an anti-liturgy bias.
  • Read prayers can easily become rote.
  • Extemporaneous prayers allow for more creativity.
  • The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15) is a template upon which extemporaneous prayers can be based.
Further discussion is needed (1) evaluating the biblical validity of these reasons, (2) deciding a proper biblical balance between composed and extemporaneous, and (3) determining the place of both styles in corporate gatherings.

The discussion continues August 24.


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