STRENGTHENING OUR WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
from the Clergy
As Episcopalians, our worship reflects what we believe. The language of our prayer book is the language of relationship with God. It contains the guide for our public liturgy, and the structure for our private prayers and the content of our theology. What we pray expresses what we believe and when we expand our prayer life, we expand our relationship with God. For this reason we are careful about how we do liturgy and we also encourage as many as are willing to take an active role in leading worship at Christ Church.
Each movement, each prayer, each verse of a hymn, means something for it teaches us about God and about one another. For example, “We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.” (BCP, 360) We kneel for confession. Though the individual sins are kept private, (fortunately) we speak aloud our sense of sin and separation from God, and together ask for the forgiveness we know to be available. Individually we may doubt, but collectively we are assured, which is why we then look to the Celebrant to move into the center aisle and proclaim absolution. The Celebrant humbly accepts this work because we have also agreed that ordained persons can proclaim God’s forgiveness. Following this absolution we rise to face one another taking each hand, looking into each face, and saying “the peace of the Lord be always with you.” We say this to one another as one forgiven being to another forgiven being. We wish one another peace, and then we are ready to approach God’s table together for the feast prepared for us.
Sometimes you need to sit back and take it all in. Being there may be all you have to give. Other times may be a season of doing. If this could be your season, we encourage you to step forward. Please consider coming and joining in this rich ministry of worship leadership shared by lay and ordained alike. There is nothing more important you can offer!
Please give this your most prayerful consideration and get involved. It will strengthen our corporate life at Christ Church and enrich your personal faith as well. If you are interested in participating in one of these ministries, contact the church office at 985-892-3177.
Tom, Anne, and Winston