13 January 2020
Liturgy of the Common Man ~ Opening Thoughts
When this thought came to me, I considered developing it into a book first. I am not yet at the place where I want to write books that are not fiction or devotionals based on direct interaction with the Bible. This discussion may become the outline for something in the future, but for now, it will be you and I sharing thoughts around coffee, or the fire, or as we walk home. You may choose how you want to envision it.
Let us begin with an understanding of what liturgy is. It is “a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship, a eucharistic rite, or a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances.” The idea is that liturgy offers a common pattern of practice that leads to common worship and common social interaction around it. In church liturgy, there are often a set of statements and responses that profess faith and unity in belief.
This is not, however, a discussion of church liturgy. What I wish to ponder and palaver is the liturgy of the common man. In a larger sense, we have created a social liturgy that prescribes how we act. interact, and react with each other. It focuses on the last bit of the definition above. In this liturgy is the common greetings we share, the things that are “politically correct”, and the identity of what we worship.
I am hoping to build toward a certain and irrefutable understanding of who we are and who we should be on our journey together. In that hope is my goal to become better at following Christ without being addicted to social prescriptions that are not based in the love that he wishes us to have for all humans. We all serve something. We are all on a journey back to God whether we accept it or not.
Please walk with me Dear Reader as we try and rise above the noise of cantors intoning that we must believe this or that to be socially acceptable. Let us reason together and take an honest look at our condition. In every way, I wish to be better as a follower of Christ and as a human. Your company is always an encouragement and an excellent foil for my thinking. This path through this may be a little rocky as it challenges liturgy we have echoed for generations. I am counting on your thoughts and questions to keep me honest.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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