Worship and Sacred Actions Throughout the Year in Charismatic Churches

Observance of the traditional Christian year has been all but ignored by the churches in the charismatic tradition, with the exception of the special celebration of the Christmas and Easter seasons. As Christians from various traditions encountered the work of the Holy Spirit in a charismatic way, many clustered themselves into new fellowships and left the Christian year behind. They preferred an open, informal format with little or no structure so that the Spirit would move in whichever direction he wished, regardless of the liturgical season. Many new charismatics who had exited denominations that observed the traditional liturgical calendar rejected it as part of their former church’s “dead form.”

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The Arts in Charismatic Churches

With its roots in the Pentecostal movement, which had rejected most of the fine arts as worldly, the charismatic movement has only more recently begun to explore the full range of artistic activity in worship. Although the visual and literary arts largely await development, both dance and drama have found increasing acceptance in some charismatic circles. Most importantly, charismatics have become leaders within the Christian community in the creation of contemporary worship music.

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