Liturgy

Anyone who follows me on Instagram (@thissacramentallife) will quickly discover that I’m a little obsessive about liturgy. It’s the prayer books, the silence, the Lectionary, the liturgical calendar, the old hymns. All of it. I love structure and the beauty of old words that force us to look outside ourselves, and yet I also love freshly developed reflective liturgy for congregational worship. I’m a Cooperative Baptist who feels at home in a Eucharist service at the Episcopal church down the street. In our house, we decorate progressively throughout Advent, listen to separate “Lent” and “Advent” playlists on iTunes, and aren’t surprised when our daughters play “communion” at home.

I’m pretty excited to start working on a new liturgical project. I’m envisioning it as a collection of liturgical resources to be used by faith communities interested in creative worship that cycles through the liturgical calendar. It will include original poetry and prayers based on the themes of the liturgical calendar, as well as readings for two and three voices that splice together Lectionary texts for particular weeks. If that is something you’d be interested in learning more about, please let me know.

In the mean time, you can check out some of my complete worship services recently published by Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics–one on the theme of Attentive Patience and the other on the theme of Membership(Pay special attention to the original hymn texts, courtesy of my gifted husband.) An early draft of one of the prayers included in the Membership service first appeared here on my old blog, Texas Schmexas.

Here are a few items that have been incorporated into our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Sunday morning worship services:

Celebratory Prayer on the Occasion of a Friend’s Baptism

A Palm Sunday Scripture Reading for Three Voices

A Prayer of Confession on Outward Appearance, Based on the Anointing of David

A Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession, Based on Exodus 1 & 2