As we discuss and make changes I'm asking us to ask some questions?
1. Why was it done that way in the past? Just because no one knows the meaning of the tradition doesn't mean its not a good one? Research it and know what you are discarding and why.
2. With what new tradition are you going to replace the old? Yes, you are going to have traditions, new or old. What I am asking is to have a specific on-purpose, known and taught reasons for your traditions.
You said you had a lectern (you fell into my evil trap ). The point I was hoping to get to with this is that piece of furniture you call a lectern derives its name from how its used. The same piece of furniture could be a pulpit, podium, or lectern, depending on how its used.