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Some Poor Liturgical Choices in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC)   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Dedication Plate Inside a Copy of The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (1986)

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I am somewhat traditional in certain matters and not in others.  Thus, for example, I accept that homosexuality is inborn, not a choice.  Homosexuals have as much say in their orientation as I do in mine–none.  So I am quite progressive regarding homosexual rights, a civil rights issue in my mind.  I am quite secure in my heterosexuality, not fearing that extending protections to those who differ from me in that regard will threaten me in any way.  And I think nothing of attending church with homosexuals, for I have broken the body of Christ with a goodly number of them for years.  I continue in this practice each week.

Last Saturday I visited a local thrift store.  I, after dropping off some items, started shopping.  I found some especially interesting additions to the hymnals and service books section of my library, in fact.  Two of these volumes have prompted this post.  They are evangelical, non-denominational hymnals:

  1. Praise! Our Songs and Hymns (Grand Rapids, MI:  Singspiration Music, 1979); and
  2. The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music, 1986).

My copies of these hymnals came from congregations of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), a denomination founded for homosexuals in 1968.

I have had some contact with that denomination in Athens, Georgia.  The local UFMCC congregation has worshiped near the University of Georgia (UGA) campus for years.  Currently it meets at the chapel of the Episcopal Center.   The pastor is a nice lady and the church members seem wonderful also.  My only critique of them is liturgical.  Although they have the good taste to celebrate communion weekly, their bulletins (available at their website) indicate the use of contemporary praise music–“seven-eleven” songs.  This I cannot and will not abide.

My Internet survey of UFMCC congregations has led me to conclude that the Athens congregation’s worship habits are not unusual for the denomination.  I have read of contemporary and/or blended worship often.  Other websites have indicated some high church tendencies here and there, but apparently in insufficient proportion for my tastes.

In this regard the UFMCC is far from alone.  Although I recognize the value of a range of denominations, I stand firmly on my liturgical ground–European classicism.  Some might claim that I am a liturgical snob, as if that is a bad thing.  If I am a liturgical snob, I claim that mantle gladly and wonder why others do not do likewise.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 18, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST, PHYSICIAN

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Below:  The Dedication Plate Inside a Copy of Praise! Our Songs and Hymns (1979)

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