Why do we use a traditional call-and-response liturgy?
The Bible instructs us that the church is a body and a priesthood, and so the Lord’s service should be properly corporate—that is, the people should all participate in speaking and singing as one body (Revelation 4–5; 15). Therefore, just as we use pre-written songs so that we can sing with one voice, we use pre-written responses so that we can speak with one voice also. The Bible also models how this corporate service should be structured, so that it is theologically correct and in line with God’s will.
- How should we worship? Part 5: body language & song by Bnonn Tennant
- Liturgy in the Bible by River Devereux