A Note on Intergenerational Worship

Rev. Dr. Andrew Lindahl’s doctoral dissertation was “Creating Intergenerational Worship in a Traditional Church.”  Two issues made this project exciting: 1. For the first time in history, four distinct generations are alive, active, and living together. 2. Great changes are occurring in Christian worship, in part due to this generational phenomenon.  The church has a unique position in our generationally divided culture.  We need each other for balance in the life of faith and worship. Children and young people need to learn the traditions of worship along side the older generations.  The older generations need the young for the vitality and freshness they bring.

The thesis of Andy’s doctoral dissertation was that worship should be designed with all the age groups in mind.  Worship should contain the best of both traditional and contemporary elements.  Our worship should be a blending of the best of the past and the best of the present.  Worship services should be based on our rich Christian heritage, while also being powerfully relevant to our world today.  We are reminded of the timelessness of our faith, and that we are part of a rich heritage of Christian worship.  We also bear in mind that our faith is vibrant today, and relevant to today’s world.

Intergenerational goes beyond the issue of contemporary vs. traditional styles.  Intergenerational worship understands the differing ways each generation learns and relates.  Intergenerational worship is a blend of formal and informal, contemporary and traditional.  In this worship we gather the rich lessons of the past and combined them with the rich lessons of the present. May God continue to bless our efforts at glorifying God in our worship together.

Young men and women alike, old and young together!  Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Psalm 148:12-13