Why do we hold an 'invitation' at the end of the service, and what does it accomplish that could not be without one? Should people be asked to come forward in frront of everyone to pray or to be dealt with? Or would we be as well off allowing people to leave and deal with things in private? I know that, to me, it is utterly distracting to kneel at the front and try to pray about what I just heard, etc. It has nothing to do with pride or being backslidden. When did this tradition begin?