Liturgical, Shmishmurgical

May 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

I talk a lot about a lot of things.

But this is about our community, so let me be more specific.  I talk a lot about  liturgy and the liturgical calendar.  This is the heartbeat of our daily lives, our  weekly community, and the life of the global Church.

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Simply put, liturgy is the form in which we worship.  The word “form” may seem restrictive and cold, but think twice.  You know how we begin our Sunday mornings with a hug from a particular gentleman, grab a cookie, chat, and are called together by music?  That is part of our liturgy.  Even the preparing, serving, and eating our meal together is part of our weekly form, the liturgy of Real Life Fellowship.

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You may not realize it, but the time we spend together between the morning cookie and noon-time meal has a liturgy of its own.  We often begin by singing the praises of our God and Lord Jesus Christ, encountering the majesty while also recognizing we are approaching the throne together.  We are often humbled to the dust by the reality of God, and respond in confession.  We don’t stay dust, however.  We are raised again to life by Jesus Christ and assured of forgiveness as the inspired creations that we are.  We continue together into the Word, hearing the truth and having no choice but to respond by going.  Together we go and do, because how can we help it?  So we are sent and send each other with the words of the blessing and final song.

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Do you see the rhythm, the heartbeat in what we do? Let’s zoom out a bit, so that we may understand the rhythm of the global Church.  There are Christians all over the world that are worshipping the same God, reading the same Scripture, and living into the reality of Jesus Christ.  This is indeed the tie that binds.  Connected by Jesus, the Church uses his life, death, and resurrection to fall in time with each other.  Our entire year has a liturgical form!  Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost… they all mark seasons in the life of Christ that we are summoned to join as the Body of Christ.  Together, with Christ followers all over the world, we step into the story of Christ.  A few weeks ago we celebrated the Ascension of Christ with the rest of the world.  Last Sunday we celebrated the arrival of the Holy Spirit with every Christian on earth.  This is the liturgical calendar, and that is why we talk about it and walk with it.

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Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen. [Jude 24,25]

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Love,
Chels

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