Liturgy is beautiful. Liturgy is life giving. Liturgy is soul enriching. It is not the form of liturgy that is important, but the fact that liturgy soaks the mind in Scripture and engages the whole being in worship. While there is always the danger that liturgy could become a form without substance, a skeleton without flesh or beating organs, something dead rather than alive, that danger is inherent in all religious observances.
I recently attended an Anglican service and experienced the flow of worship, Scripture readings, prayer, communion, and admonition… My heart was profoundly moved. We didn’t just sing the words “Ancient words, ever true, changing me, changing you”, we read those ancient Words; we literally lifted them high and showed reverence. And after worshiping, reading the Word, praying prayers of confession, intercession, and adoration, and reciting ancient creeds, we took the Lord’s Supper. And it wasn’t just a tiny wafer passed out by an usher and hurriedly consumed once a month or once every few months. It was part of the liturgy—part of the heartbeat of God’s people.
On a more personal level, we could say Daniel’s practice of praying three times a day was a kind of liturgy. And that daily devotional times are an attempt to achieve this cadence in our own lives. But for me, at this point in my life, the communal expression of the liturgy is a true blessing.
What are your experiences of liturgy? How have you seen it incorporated in your local Church? How has it enriched your own life?