We were blessed recently with worship liturgy according to the ecumenical Glendalough Mass. A newer liturgy, the congregation received it with joy and found it to be very worshipful. We thank our Music Director Sandy for finding and introducing this liturgy.
Anyway, it got people asking me about the pastoral value “Today’s Liturgy.” They’ve seen it on my door: Graced and Gracious; Inclusive Ministry; Fraternal (Sororal too!) with Other Christians; Today’s Liturgy and Supportive in community (GIFTS) and wondered about how the service fit that concept. Well, the short answer is that it seems to me that the Bible teaches two things that form us together in worship: Stand in the presence of the gray-haired (Leviticus 19:32, Hey I’m pretty gray now, too) and sing to the Lord a new song (Psalm 96:1). We are enriched in our life together by what has gone before us in liturgy and hymn and by what is newly given by the Lord. At Christ we come together and honor what the Lord has done and is doing by the stirring of the Holy Spirit that we might receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament and respond with faithful and honoring worship. Come and worship together!
Pastor Ray †