“Ceremonies don’t so much impart knowledge as they react to knowledge.”
Pr. David Petersen writes this in response to comments on his blog concerning the ceremonies at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Frankly, I like it! I think he nails it with this statement. Ceremonies are the response of faith to the Gifts of Christ. They are the natural actions of someone who comes into contact with the grace of God. It’s interesting to look at how people just in the New Testament act in response to Jesus. Peter falls to his knees. The magi prostrate themselves. The Canaanite woman kneels. It could be argued that kneeling is one of the most prominent bodily ceremonies that one sees in the New Testament when coming into contact with Christ. Which makes it even more surprising that there is such an aversion to showing this kind of reverence in the Church.