We want to glorify God by giving him everything we have. What could we possibly give him that would amplify in any way the radiance that he already possesses?
The blessing is an invocation, a hope, a foretaste of what is to come: peace.
We are not given crumbs. We are given a full meal. And not just any meal. We come for the foretaste of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation.
God sees each one of us as we really are: every thought, both good and bad, every passing fantasy, every deep longing desire, every momentary burst of anger, our every virtue and our every vice.
Unlike eucharistic prayers, the Prayers of the People have received little attention.
In the the April 28, 1968, issue of The Living Church, Fr. Francis W. Read considered "experiments" with facing the people during the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is only a meal because it is first and most fundamentally a sacrifice.
Incense may not be a hill worth dying on, but it is at least a hill worth strategizing for. It is a shot to the gut of comfortable, consumer-friendly religion.