worship. But some worry that this movement, which is finding new ways
to "experience" faith and interpret its tenets, could lead to people
leaving faiths and the tenets of those faiths altogether. What do you
Mine is not to criticize another person's form of worship. Means
by which people approach the sacred vary and, like all art forms,
find their validity in the eye (or soul) of the beholder.
Forms of worship do not change or alter the message. The Christian
message was, is and will always be the same: Love is the path for our
physical and spiritual salvation.
The Armenian Church as an ancient Orthodox church has been
criticized from within for its long liturgical worship forms.
Contemporary means and approaches to worship have long been debated
within the church ranks. And as a youth outreach leader I am
especially sensitive to the issues of liturgical reform.
In our experience, we have found the answers in our roots. We are
called an "Apostolic" church because we trace our lineage to the
Apostle Thaddeus, but even more important, we celebrate our Christian
experience in the same manner as the Apostles. That is, the worship
and community life are centered around the sacrament of the
Eucharist, which is the outward expression of love.
Through the years, we've discovered what we all have always known.
People don't choose one church over another because of music, decor,
programs, etc. Rather, they are looking for a place where they are
loved and can love.
Jesus Christ was the first pastor to offer this in his church. The
apostles did the same. The challenge is now passed along to us. If
flashing videos, projected pictures and deejay music are the lure,
their enduring power will be tested by the message they herald. There
is no alternative to an environment based on love.
FATHER VAZKEN MOVSESIAN
The "Emerging Church" movement has some very admirable qualities.
I welcome the heartfelt desire to know God in an experiential way.
I see great value in organizational simplicity. I embrace change in