Patterned by Grace
How Liturgy Shapes UsDaniel T. Benedict Jr. • February 2007
To many, the word liturgy brings to mind juggling a hymnal, Bible and a bulletin printed with formal responsive texts as you worship in a cavernous Gothic-styled church.
With great faith and affection, Benedict rescues liturgy from its stuffy associations, revealing it as a momentous occasion every Sunday, no matter the worship style.
Worship is a remarkable spiritual adventure and the liturgy itself is God's playground—a pilgrimage of individuals and faith communities joining the divine purpose. Through the liturgy's daily, weekly, seasonal and annual dimensions, we experience God's power to shape our lives. We unite with Christ in heart, mind and work to participate in God's new creation.
"Liturgy is more than personal piety," writes Benedict. "It is worship for the long haul… It simply goes on week by week and invites us to come along. It even carries us when our spiritual feet get tired and our energy level flags."
Rather than seeing the ordered patterns of worship as a repetitive thing we do, liturgy has a cumulative effect as it transforms us to God-oriented worship and living. Benedict examines the hidden rhythms of
- Sunday worship
- Holy Communion
- daily prayer
- the Christian calendar
Exercises contained in the group discussion guide will awaken your imagination to the power of the liturgical life.
Liturgy is where God is waiting. Your part is to include yourself in that community of open hands, hearts and minds.
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1298-6
EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1299-3
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: February 2007
Trim Size: 5.25 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)
Page Count: 160
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Rituals & Practice / Worship & Liturgy
— Laurence Hull Stookey, PhD Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, D.C.
— Hoyt Hickman Former Director of Worship Resource Development GBOD of The United Methodist Church