What is liturgy and why do we need a series on modern liturgy? Etymologically the word carries with it a sense of doing things for the body politic or discharging a task for society. According to Aristotle, many democratic states fleece the wealthy by means of “liturgies.” The main concept in Greek seems to be rendering service to a deity. However, the current understanding and use of the word liturgy is defined as:
A form or formulary according to which public religious worship, especially Christian worship, is conducted.
A communal response to the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance.
There is an inherent danger in familiarity. One might actually get to a place where they just go through the motions of external formalism without having their heart’s affections be moved in any way. We must actively be involved in storytelling so that those who gather with us will understand why we practice our Modern Liturgy.
What things symbolized by the Lord’s Supper have received new emphasis in your thinking as a result of the service last Sunday?
Do you feel more eager to participate in the Lord’s Supper now than before you read the chapter? Why?
In what ways (if any) will you approach the Lord’s Supper differently now?
Which of the things symbolized in the Lord’s Supper is most encouraging to your Christian life right now?
How does God make space and time sacred in the Lord’s Supper?