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  • rethinking liturgy
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  • Historical Doctrinal Spiritual Missional Ecclesial Liturgical rethinking the whole system
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  • Historical Doctrinal Spiritual Missional Ecclesial Liturgical rethinking the whole system
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  • 4 public worship: a gathering for liturgy liturgy: an orderly succession of public rituals rituals: actions involving the body by which people bond to meaning ritualism: repeating the actions without meaning 4
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  • Liturgy: the workout of the people - rituals and practices for formation
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  • Question: How do we induct or initiate people into our public worship - so they know the meaning we want them to bond to?
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  • Are there unintended malformations happening? -Revelation sermon -Give us the lost & the nations songs -Warfare language, cliches -Emotional manipulation/hype -Emotional strangulation -Racial/Cultural/age exclusion -Body acknowledgement -Intellectual or political messages
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  • Six marks (Bryan Sirchio): -Vertical and horizontal -Individual and community -Progressive theology -Inclusive language -Emotional authenticity -Fresh images, ideas, language
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  • Six dynamic tensions: -Charismatic and contemplative -Regularity and intensity -Familiarity and surprise -Ancient and Future -Planned and spontaneous -Word and image
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  • there are liturgies that foment hostility and reinforce hostility...
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  • can we imagine liturgies that inspire kindness?
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  • From Follow the Sacredness, by Jonathan Haidt http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/forget-the-money-follow-the-sacredness/ Despite what you might have learned in Economics 101, people arent always selfish. In politics, theyre more often groupish. When people feel that a group they value be it racial, religious, regional or ideological is under attack, they rally to its defense, even at some cost to themselves. We evolved to be tribal, and politics is a competition among coalitions of tribes.
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  • ... The key to understanding tribal behavior is not money, its sacredness. The great trick that humans developed at some point in the last few hundred thousand years is the ability to circle around a tree, rock, ancestor, flag, book or god, and then treat that thing as sacred. People who worship the same idol can trust one another, work as a team and prevail over less cohesive groups. So if you want to understand politics, and especially our divisive culture wars, you must follow the sacredness.
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  • The very act of gathering for worship can be groupish ritual of affirming us-ness versus them-ness.
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  • The Songs We Sing
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  • All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all. - Ms. Cecil Alexander (1848)
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  • Each little flower that opens,/ Each little bird that sings,/ He made their glowing colors./ He made their tiny wings. The purple headed mountains,/ The river running by,/ The sunset and the morning/ That brightens up the sky. The cold wind in the winter,/ The pleasant summer sun,/ The ripe fruits in the garden,/ He made them every one. The tall trees in the greenwood,/The meadows where we play,/ The rushes by the water,/ To gather every day. He gave us eyes to see them,/ And lips that we might tell/ How great is God Almighty,/ Who has made all things well. All things bright and beautiful,/ All creatures great and small,/ All things wise and wonderful:/ The Lord God made them all.
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  • The rich man in his castle, The poor man at his gate, He made them, high or lowly, And ordered their estate. All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all.
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  • Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal master, leads against the foe; Forward into battle see his banners go! -Sabine Baring-Gould
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  • France, 1847 Placide Clappeau, a French wine merchant, mayor of the French town Roquemaure, writes a poem. Adolphe Adam sets it to music. Later the song is translated into English by John S. Dwight It is said to have been the first music ever broadcast over radio.
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  • O holy night, the stars are brightly shining; It is the night of the dear Saviors birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night, O holy night, O night divine!
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  • Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His Gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother And in His Name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy Name! Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever! His powr and glory evermore proclaim! 1847
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  • 1. Onward, all disciples, in the path of peace, Just as Jesus taught us, love your enemies Walk on in the Spirit, seek Gods kingdom first, Let Gods peace and justice be your hunger and your thirst! Onward, all disciples, in humility Walk with God, do justice, love wholeheartedly 2. We now face our failures in remorse and tears. We must now build plowshares from our swords and spears, Turn from the broad highway of prejudice and war To follow Jesus to a place weve never been before Onward, all disciples, in humility Walk with God, do justice, love wholeheartedly
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  • 3. Like a mighty river, justice, flowing free, Makes our deserts blossom in peace, joy, and beauty, Peace is lifes great treasure, harmony our dream. May justice flow like rivers and an ever flowing stream! Onward, all disciples, in humility Walk with God, do justice, love wholeheartedly 4.Onward then, all people, reach out open hands, Walk together now, so each child understands That the greatest power here or up above Is the strength of service and the gentle might of love. Onward, all disciples, in humility Walk with God, do justice, love wholeheartedly
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  • The Sermons We Preach
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  • - Who is scapegoated/condemned? - What virtues are aspired to? - What vices are condemned? - What Scriptures are emphasized? - What subjects are avoided? And vice versa?
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  • The Rituals We Practice
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  • Baptism: A ritual of cleansing
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  • Clean - unclean Acceptance - revulsion Us - them Clean, still water Certified Gatekeepers
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  • Meanwhile in the wilderness: The Essenes - Hyper-clearn -Hyper-puritan - Isolated communes - Multiple daily baptisms
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  • What would it mean for John... - to leave his fathers priestly work - to leave the Temple - to leave Jerusalem - to avoid the Essenes - and to baptize...
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  • in the Jordan River? - in public - in running water - in an undeveloped setting - with a message, not of cleanliness, but...
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  • rethinking, reformulation, repentance?
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  • What does it mean for Jesus to accept Johns baptism?
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  • What would it mean for the Spirit in the form of a dove to descend upon Jesus?
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  • And what would it mean for Jesus disciples to expand Johns guerrilla theatre around the world?
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  • Baptism - not into a new hyper-clean religion - but into Christ, a new humanity, a new kingdom, a new way of life?
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  • Peter, Acts 10: God has shown me I should never call anyone impure or unclean. I now realize... God does not show favoritism.
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  • Baptism into this new way of being human... Born again... Given a new identity... In the flowing river... In solidarity with everyone everywhere.
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  • In Christ... neither Jew nor Greek... male nor female... slave nor free...
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  • In Christ... neither Jew nor Greek... male nor female... slave nor free... Christian nor nonChristian? Us or them?
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  • The Eucharist
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  • Altar of Sacrifice... to appease a hostile God? or Table of Fellowship... to celebrate a reconciling God?
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  • A table of elitism and exclusion... or a feast of grace and reconciliation?
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  • In Johns gospel: Bread as manna... Gods self-giving Food, not sacrifice
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  • For Paul... Eucharist as passover... not day of atonement. Meal of liberation... Meal of anticipation...
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  • We dont need to offer a sacred gift to appease a hostile God... Rather, a gracious God offers a sacred gift of love to us... so that we will be reconciled to God and to one another.
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  • Meal of unity... Meal of solidarity... Meal of one-anotherness
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  • how will our liturgies of hostility be transformed...
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  • into liturgies of harmony? new identity? peace-making?
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  • 2 conversations...
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  • Christ has no body here but ours. No hands, no feet here on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes through which he looks On this world with kindness.
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  • Ours are the hands through which he works. Ours are the feet on which he moves. Ours are the voices through which he speaks To this world with kindness.
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  • Through our smile, our touch, our listening ear, Embodied in us, Jesus is living here.
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  • So let us go now Filled with the Spirit Into this world With kindness.
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  • Christ has no body here but ours. No hands, no feet here on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes through which he looks On this world with kindness.
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  • Ours are the hands through which he works. Ours are the feet on which he moves. Ours are the voices through which he speaks To this world with kindness.
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  • Through our smile, our touch, our listening ear, Embodied in us, Jesus is living here.
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  • So let us go now Filled with the Spirit Into this world With kindness.
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