If we were to ask church members – not necessarily only ones who show up on Sundays – what they expect to get out of the Sunday liturgy (I mean this in a broad sense to include both the Divine Liturgy and forms of Sunday service in Protestant and Catholic churches), I wonder what we would learn.

Putting the question that way is crass and even offensive, I know. We worship God out of thanksgiving, gratitude, acknowledgement. However, in a consumerist culture I think this is the approach many people take to their liturgical participation.

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