His Liturgy or Someone Else’s?

Liturgy means the form of worship, the order of service.  We have liturgical choices before us today.  That is, there are different directions our worship of God might take depending on whose lead we follow.

The first choice is the liturgy of Jesus Christ.  His prescribed order of worship is that every day we love Him above all and our neighbor as ourselves.  Since He is omnipresent, we can do everything we have to do in life in His presence.  He would have this be our mindset and motivation as we undertake our everyday routines.  Everyday activities therefore become worship through the way we do them.

The second choice would be the liturgies of churches.  They profess to exist on Christ’s authority but they prescribe a very different sort of worship than His.  They call you to come to their “houses of worship” as they call them.  This occurs usually on Sunday mornings, but there can be some additional days and times.  At these gatherings, there is a sequence of rituals that are followed.  These usually include singing, praying, and listening to a sermon.  As you see, this is radically different from the worship Jesus prescribes.

The third choice would be the liturgies of all the other religions of the world. 

Which of these three kinds of liturgy strikes you as the one prescribed by God?  Which of these liturgies do you practice?

The purpose of this blog is to provide information about Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church or any other group.

10 Replies to “His Liturgy or Someone Else’s?”

      1. I don’t see that at all, Mike.

        The Internet isn’t Jesus Christ, isn’t the Church and isn’t other religions of the world.

        No, it seems like a fourth liturgy.

        That of the individual interpretation of all things world wide.

        ;0)

          1. Which book?

            In my view the most powerful is found inherent in pure human love, then comes sensory concepts and (depending upon basic needs being met) abstractions such as legend, lore, heroic archetypes, religion, fables, philosophy, books, politics, mathematics, the sciences, etc. (in no particular order).

            Abraham Maslow arranges is quite concisely in the Hierarchy of Needs.

            1. I wasn’t referring to a specific book, but rather the book as a device – that which Gutenberg’s invention allowed to be massively produced and distributed.

              I certainly agree with you on the supremacy of love, but was considering the Internet and the book in a different context – that of technical devices.

              1. That would still make the Internet a valid fourth liturgy would it not and one that you are preaching from, chapter and verse?

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                1. No, except in a fractional way.

                  I make the first of the three choices I list in the post. Therefore, my life is my liturgy. I live each day from beginning to end in worship of the One who made me. When I am using the Internet, then you could say it is a form of worship. But using the Internet is only a fraction of the life I live. All the other things I do in the course of a day are just as much worship as the Internet.

                  My worship, or my liturgy, consists in doing all those things for Him that I used to do for myself.

  1. Try to follow me on this, Mike.

    First on your list of liturgies is “Jesus Christ”.

    Second is “the church” (which you don’t approve of, I get that one by now).

    Third is “all other religions”.

    In my view, the fourth is different…it is “The Internet” where all men, women and children can offer up their own liturgy in the open marketplace of ideas instantly and globally.

    Your liturgy is included within the fourth in that it is preaching, proselytizing and generally talking about your personal theology to all the folks who find your blog and are interested enough to read it…your liturgy.

    1. I get where you’re going, Steve. I just don’t want to go there with you. And there’s more at stake than simply the illogical act of adding to my already mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive list of possibilities for worshiping God. It is this: there are Christians and churches today who are offering the Internet as a way to “do church.” I want to be sure to distance myself from that. I don’t want anyone to see my blogs or my activities as a different kind of church. I don’t want to start a religion, I don’t want followers (which is why I don’t do Twitter), I don’t want to create for people a group identity of any kind around the truths I proclaim.

      I am a human being (not a Christian or a Muslim or an atheist or an agnostic). I am merely giving a book report on what I have read in the Bible. Some truths I have found are widely known and have been for a long time. Others are quite new and different for many people. My goal is to proclaim these truths – old and new – in the public square in the hope that my fellow human beings – if not all, then as many as possible – will examine them and embrace them. If they do so, then the respective lives they live can become their own respective liturgies to God. If they come back to me or my blogs or the Internet for the liturgy, then they will have missed the point.

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