New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Patterned by Grace

How Liturgy Shapes Us

Daniel T. Benedict Jr. • February 2007

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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
  • baptism
  • 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.

Categories: Clergy & Laity
Daniel Benedict, a member of the Order of St. Luke, is a writer and consultant in worship and liturgical prayer. He lives in Waialua, Hawaii.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9905-5

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

BISAC1: REL055020



"In a clear and nontechnical style, Daniel Benedict provides a manual for understanding more deeply the essential aspects of Christian worship. The discussion is designed for individual reading and for group study. Careful use of this book will enhance both the devotional life of individuals and the spiritual growth and refreshment of entire congregations."
— Laurence Hull Stookey, PhD Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, D.C.

"This wonderful book meets a widely felt need. It gives inspiration and practical help to readers who want congregational worship to change and shape their lives. I enthusiastically commend it to all who hope there is more to worship than they have yet discovered."
— Hoyt Hickman Former Director of Worship Resource Development GBOD of The United Methodist Church