Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

A New Project

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This year on Resurrected Living, I am going to begin a new project with the help of many friends and contributors. As often as possible, I hope to post prayers, communion talks, suggested Scripture readings for worship, examples of how one might order worship, posts about worship, and much much more. I hope these resources will bless the church. I hope people will use them and learn from them. I hope they will cause people to think more deeply about worship and the sacrifices we offer to God.

Why this project?

We believe in the priesthood of all believers (1 Pet. 2:5, 9). This means a person does not have to be ordained or have any special training to lead worship. The only requirement is to be a faithful Christian. Although one does not have to be ordained to lead worship, we should realize the importance of this role, and we should give serious thought to what we say and do. Anyone who leads worship has a responsibility to properly prepare for the privilege they have been granted. I hope this project will be a useful tool that congregations and Christians will be able to use to help prepare worship leaders.

Liturgy

The word liturgy refers to what we do in worship. For an excellent discussion of this term, please see Steven Hunter’s post “Liturgy” or “Acts of Worship.” Although Churches of Christ do not have a formal liturgy, there are certain phrases that have become a defacto liturgy for many congregations. We often hear things like “guard, guide, and direct,” “separate and apart from the Lord’s Supper,” “until the next appointed time,” etc. Although these phrases have served their purpose in the past, I would like to think that we could give more thought to the words we use in worship. The purpose of this project is not to create a formal liturgy, but to merely present various ways faithful Christians have thought through what they might say in worship.

Finally, this is a work of the church for the church. There will be many contributors to this project over the course of this year. Anyone is welcome to submit a prayer, communion talk, etc. for consideration. Unless otherwise stated, you are welcome to use the prayers, communion talks, etc. in worship. Most of all, I hope that you will be blessed, and God will be glorified by the fruits of this labor.

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