Alternative title: Liturgy: I feel like I am becoming my grandparents.
There is a shift in Church (big C, Church) culture that is making some waves in the deep waters of corporate gatherings and personal times of meditation.
Liturgy. Corporate experiences that direct and aid in worship and prayer.
I become more interested in Liturgy and sacraments after reading Chasing Francis by Ian Cron. It was a delightful book that brought great insight to the life of Francis, but also to the ideas that important parts of our faith do not always explode to life in a quick second, but that God does a work in us, around us, and through us in the stillness, solitude, and meditative nature of liturgy and the eucharist. I walked away from Chasing Francis with a desire to explore these ideas to a greater extent.
There is also a new group releasing music called The Liturgists. It is collaboration of various artists led by the talented and creative duo of Michael and Lisa Gungor. They have released a few songs here on their bandcamp page. It is reflective and purposeful. They create such a great environment of freedom and reflection. I literally had to block out some time on my calendar to listen to them so I could be free from distraction. It is difficult to stop, pray, listen, and meditate in today’s fast-pace world, so I am thankful for artists who are pushing for space to create and share with less time constraints and rigid rules for what a worship experience could offer.
This is new ground for me, and I have to confess that I am more of an observer that a faithful participator in liturgy and contemplative prayers. It is still a struggle to find time to be still, listen, and wait for God to speak, but I am thankful for the new resources being released to aid in liturgy.
Here’s to slowing down, waiting, and listening instead of just tweeting our pseudo-wisdom on twitter all day.
My good friend Brian texted me this afternoon to remind me of a few great projects that totally forgot to add to the list.
– Page CXVI. Such a cool band. I started listening to them when the came out with some refinished hymns. They just keep getting better. If you are interested in a new take on some old songs, check them out.
– A New Liturgy: These are contemplative projects from Aaron Niequist. You can listen to them on the website and they are wonderful. If you are wanting to jump headfirst into some great content, check out A New Liturgy.