Worship Change for the New Year?

Innovation for the sake of innovation  can simply be silly, and constant innovation can lead to insecurity. The environment must be seen as a dynamic equilibrium supported by a comfortable level of constancy within a context supportive of change.

—Tim Sharp, “Here We Go Again—Being Creative in a New Year,” Sacred Music News and Review, January 1999

Don’t Change for the Sake of Change

Novelty may fix our attention not even on the service but on the celebrant. You know what I mean. Try as one may to exclude it, the question “What on earth is he up to now?” will intrude. It lays one’s devotion waste. There is really some excuse for the man who said, “I wish they’d remember that the charge to Peter was ‘Feed my sheep;’ not ‘Try experiments on my rats,’ or even, ‘Teach my performing dogs new tricks.'”

—C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, Chapter I