The Blessing in the Liturgy

Recently I’ve had several opportunities to reflect on the liturgy and its importance in my life and relationship with Jesus. I’ve realized that the reason I love it so much is simple and complicated at the same time. The simple answer is peace. Sitting in church on...

Prayers of the People

I forget to pray. When I’m dashing from one task to the next I tend to rely on my own abilities and strengths to carry me through. When I see something heart-wrenching my first instinct is to either run away and try to ignore it or immediately try to think of a way I,...

The Importance of Children in the Service

One day, I was sweeping up in the house when my toddler picked up the broom and began walking around the house with it. When I asked what he was doing, he proudly replied, “it’s a cross! This is what “Big Ben” does at church.” He then continued with his processional....

Liturgy: The Work of the People

The word ‘liturgy’ comes from two Greek words laos (laity) and ergos (work). It literally translates as “the work of the people (laity).” In other words, liturgy is what the people do and say when they gather together to worship. Contrary to popular belief, priests do...