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The History Theology And Practice Of Christian Worship - Part 7

Our study of the history, theology and practice of Christian worship has been a great boon for all, including the teacher. But the whole congregation benefits in that the storehouse of knowledge and understanding of our faith and worship is increased. Like a healthy bank account it sees us through lean times. Today we will continue our discussions on the reading and heari...

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The History Theology And Practice Of Christian Worship - Part 6

Once again the discussion was lively last week. When a person who has been praying the church's liturgy his whole life, looks under the hood so to speak, his amazement and appreciation of Christian worship is trebled.  We have started each class with the order of Responsive Prayer I (p. 282) or Responsive Prayer II (p. 285). Take the time to look at those, and to pra...

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Next Christmas

If you are a Christian, and if you send out Christmas cards, and decorate your house and yard for this holy season, let those efforts reflect your faith. It's too late for this year, but think about it for next Christmas. If you're going to go to the effort and expense, let your preparations say something. Christmas is not about our kids, grandkids, dogs or cats so why fe...

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The Gospels As Liturgy

Properly speaking there is only one true Liturgist: Jesus himself! He is the “liturgist in the Holy Places, in the True tent that the Lord set up, not man.” He is “the High Priest who offers (prosphero) gifts and sacrifices.” (Hebrews 8:1-3) This means that Jesus himself is the actual liturgist at every Eucharist the church celebrates. That is not ...

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A Liturgical Reading Of Saint Mark's Gospel

What does it mean to assert that Scripture is, first, a liturgical text: and not a catalog of doctrines as it is so often conceived of? It means that the Gospels were written for the church, to be read by the church, to the church, in the church. It means that the Gospels are not only information about our Lord's earthly mission, and the world's salvation -- they...

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What Are The Gospels?

This is a question I keep coming back to, what exactly are the four gospels? Why were they written? Or said another way: how were they meant to be utilized? And, how were they actually employed by the church when the ink first dried? Are they simply the "memoirs of the apostles" as Justin Martyr once referred to them? Are they biographies of Jesus? Or a larger story / ac...

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The History Theology And Practice Of Christian Worship - Part 5

It was our intention to learn about the Salutation and Collect last week, but we got side-tracked into a fruitful discussion about Eucharistic Sacrifice instead. We will visit that subject again when we get to the Liturgy of the Sacrament.  Speaking of which let us take a moment to remember that there are two major divisions in Christian worship. The earlier part of ...

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