Brian McLaren is hard at work helping Jason Clark with the Emergent Church movement in the UK. One of Clark's protege's Marc Alton Cooper runs the Emergent UK Creation Media Arts blog in support of the movement. In his recent post Liturgy - the repeat offender... Cooper unabashedly displays his affection for Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Celtic liturgical traditions.
"I believe repetition serves to free us the actual words of the liturgy and helps us connect to God with our souls; this is certainly one of my experiences in sung worship. We will become familiar with the words, what is said and where it is said, and are then able to focus on the meaning of those words thus enabling us to free ourselves and give us a sacred space in which to connect to God."
The Emergents' ecumenical embrace of experiential religion continues, as the roads are paved back to Rome. No doubt the emergent pursuit of "bells and smells" will eventually include the Gregorian chants that the Pope wants to revive.
What else has to happen before the SBC refutes this incursion of heresy?
7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.