Liturgy - It's What We Do
The word is defined, "the work of the people." That's liturgy. We whose studied disciplines include liturgy can become rather "nerdy" about it. Liturgy is constructed, planned, and executed with every word and movement meant to convey meaning about who God is and how great is the good news of Jesus.
While on one hand those of us who study such things, who construct and compose liturgy for a living might be viewed as the professionals at such matters, the truth is that liturgy belongs to all of us. Each of us is a minister. Our baptisms note our claim as one of Christ's own. How we worship, what we do when we worship, and yes, even the degree to which our worship is fully participatory says something about our responsibility to be actively engaged in the Realm of God coming into being (that whole "thy Kingdom come on earth as in heaven" thing). As I attempted to convey in a recent sermon, while MLK was so right that the "moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice," the degree to which it bends depends in no small part on the capacity of God's agents in the world to grab hold and pull it toward the way of Jesus.
So what's this to do with us and how we worship? Everything.
We are undertaking a complete paradigm shift in how we plan and carry out our worship experience. We are forming a worship planning team representing the totality of the worshiping congregation to go about including the fullest measure of God's talents and insights of our St. John's people. More on that later, but it's an exciting and long overdue shift.
We are also providing new ways for the congregants to participate in worship every Sunday. We invite children and adults to consider being acolytes and the one who carries the processional cross (crucifer). We have need for people who are willing to commit to greeting people as they enter our building both in the narthex (large room in front of the sanctuary at the front doors) and especially the West entrance, which is far and away our most trafficked space. We need lay people willing to help clergy serve communion, and starting in October, we move to weekly Eucharist (communion); so, there are opportunities aplenty to participate in that most wonderful act of love. We need people committed to help us "set the table" for communion, to ensure elements (bread and cup) are prepared and stationed before worship, and to help make sure elements are appropriately disposed of at the end of service.
This is in addition to any of the other ways you can participate, but these are among the newest.
We've established an account on SignUp Genius as a way for you to offer you service and schedule it at a time that fits your calendar. Let me encourage you to jump in. This is our work together offering praise to God. It is our liturgy. It's what we do.
Be blessed. Be a blessing.