You watch and tell me to which denomination you think this congregation belongs:
Then watch this video and tell me to which denomination you think this congregation belongs:
Would it surprise you to find out that both congregations belong to the same church body?
The issue of worship style is not simply a matter of preference or what you believe works. It is also one of the boundary issues that define who you are. It matters not what you like or dislike but it does matter when two so radically different and mutually exclusive worship services both claim to be Lutheran, and, in particular, Missouri Synod Lutheran. While it is easy to say which you think is more normal for the church body, the problem lies in that both claim to be authentically Lutheran. If that is true, then there is no such thing as a Lutheran identity on Sunday morning. If that is true, then we have a problem larger than two mutually exclusive worship styles, we have no identity at all except a paper one, a theoretical one, that has no influence or power to shape what we do on Sunday morning. Pick one or the other, it does not matter, but do you think that both can exist side by side within a church body without challenge? Would the people in the first video be caught dead in the second video church on Sunday morning? Would the people in the second be caught dead in the first video church on Sunday morning? If the answer is no to either or both questions, then how can it be that the first church and the second church are in fellowship with each other? Unless fellowship is strictly a matter of belief completely separated from practice, we have real problems. Choose whichever video you like best and then ask yourself how it is that one can co-exist with the other and both be consider equally legitimate in a church body?