What is church supposed to be anyway?

When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Share a psalm, provide information, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight… Take your turn, no one person taking over. Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other.  I Cor. 1:26-32

Sound like Paul had a hard time reigning in all the active participants at worship gathering. The implication is that once church services were made up of active participants and active listeners. The real problem seems to have been competition because everyone was clamoring to share. Of course, if could be that that many just wanted to perform. Active listening seems to be a continuing issue for the human race. So now it seems we have designated performers and passive or distracted listeners? This “sage-on-the-stage” approach certainly controls the chaos, but offers little space for the active involvement that Paul describes.

Lord, I don’t know the answers but I ask for your insight, from wherever you send it.