Picture the following scenario, a drama most of us have witnessed many times:
The elders move to the front in smooth, orderly motion while worshipful music plays quietly in the background.
The pastor climbs down from the podium, signaling a change in scene and mood. He moves behind a table, ceremoniously covered with crafted utensils filled with bread and wine.
The pastor opens the Bible—a strong symbolic action. He reads to the congregation.