Speaking of modern churches sliding into degeneracy, here’s a funny story out of Wisconsin (h/t Fr. Z.):
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5757 Emerald Grove Lane, sought to attract people put off by the rituals and trappings of traditional worship services. Parishioners ripped out the church’s pews, pulpit and communion rail four years ago and installed coffeehouse tables, easy chairs and a cappuccino machine.
The Middleton location continued to hold traditional worship services, while the Waunakee site experimented with a more laid-back structure. [Pastor Rev. Randy] Hunter served both sites. His early morning sermon in Middleton was videotaped, then shown on large screens later in the morning at Waunakee.
Afterward, Waunakee parishioners discussed the sermon topic in small groups. The church motto was, “Casual about church, serious about God.”
Sort of like the utterly atrocious agape cafe idea Kristor rightly roasted a while back. Thankfully, this story has a happy ending:
Sunday attendance peaked at around 50 a couple of years ago and had been dropping. Services have ceased and the church building is for sale.
Why do people keep doing the exact same thing, over and over again, thinking that this time, somehow, it’ll work?