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The Liturgical Day

In the first chapter of Genesis we hear the refrain six times: "And there was evening and there was morning, the first day" ... "There was evening and there was morning, the second day" etc. Based on this refrain the church follows liturgical time, which is different than calendar time. For liturgical purposes the new day begins at sunset, and runs through to the next. Su...

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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 pray them...

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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 to say that our actions ...

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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 forthe 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 certainly a...

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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 the Se...

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The State Of The Sacrament

It seems to me that the most embattled doctrine of the Christian religion is not the Divinity of Christ, the Cross, Baptism or Justification By Grace, but the Eucharist. There is a reason. "THIS CUP is the New Testament." The celebration of the Eucharist constitutes the practice of the holy Christian religion. Apart from joining in it the Faith is but head knowledge, and...

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The Donkey

The traditional Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent is the Palm Sunday GospelMark 11:1-10. What do they have in common? They are both about Jesus coming. Jesus delivering himself into evil, to deliver us from it. The occasions are different, but the mission the same. "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief." (1 Timothy 1:15). Yet, this ...

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A Retake Of 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Here is my translation and explanation of theEpistle for Sunday. 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and (our) Lord, JesusChrist. 4 I make Eucharist to my God always on your behalf because ofthe grace of God which was given to you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in allthings you have been made rich in him, in every utterance and allknowledge, 6 even as the Testimony of ...

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