New Podcast Coming

New Podcast Coming

Dear friends,

As part of the expanding ministry of this site and my work as a missionary for liturgical renewal within the church, I am planning to launch a podcast beginning in August. I will focus on big picture issues in Christian worship. It will also include an upcoming Sunday text or theme from the Revised Common Lectionary and dialogue with some important concepts related to Christian worship and spirituality. It will be part pastoral encouragement for ministry and worship leaders and part nourishment for those who long for additional substance in their practice of faith.

My goal is to drop the first podcast by August 31. It should be available on iTunes and other places where you get your podcasts, and you may also stream it on this site. While I do not yet know the frequency of the podcasts, I estimate that each episode will be approximately 20-25 minutes.

I appreciate your support, friends, as I move into a new phase of ministry that broadens to the larger church in a post-denominational way.

All the best,
Christopher

Faithful Worship

Faithful Worship

Faithful worship begins with the Triune God, a Divine Community, and is embodied by God’s people in the human community. This community is constituted by the work of the Spirit that sweeps through and binds disparate peoples, cultures, and values together through the baptismal waters. The people do not worship alone. Christ stands among his people as they worship, bringing together all the human family, earth, imagination, beauty, and the totality of the cosmos into those sacred and mysterious moments of wonder near font and table.

Faithful worship recognizes the powerful but hollow draw of empire that looms around the Christly community. It discerns the rituals and liturgies of empire that attempt to subvert Christ’s call to singular allegiance to the reign of shalom. It firmly rejects empire while explicitly naming the divine Kingdom to which humanity is called and for which its sovereign died.

Faithful worship cherishes the work of the communion of saints in their stewardship of the ancient liturgy formed by Scripture and contextualized by each generation in Word and Table. It does not neglect one for the other, but proclaims and hears the Word of God – that is, Jesus – and feasts at Christ’s Table as two indispensable and necessary parts of each other.

Faithful worship works to craft the liturgy in the language of its own context and tradition, in which the church is gathered by God from the ends of the earth, tells again and again the story of divine liberation and restoration, shares with great thanksgiving a foretaste of the Kingdom’s banquet at Christ’s table, and is sent by the Spirit into the world to help realize the dream of shalom.

Faithful worship sings, not to fill time or build hype, or for escape or ecstasy, or for entertainment or pleasure, but simply because Christ is singer and song, and the same divine breath that flows in and out of Christ passes over our lips in joyful solidarity.

Faithful worship is neither static nor impulsive, but long and ordinary and mysterious and wonder-filled. Like faith, it is a discipline nurtured over our lifetimes and beyond, stretching back into the lives of our mothers and grandmothers and forward into the lives of our children and grandchildren.

Faithful worship does not seek innovation or creativity for the purpose of making the experience meaningful; instead, it is steadfast in practicing the faith of Christ that brings new life and creates a new world in which there is fullness of meaning and purpose. It cannot be reduced to the measure of our experience. No, we must be enlarged into the fullness of its potential as the meeting-place of creator and created.

Faithful worship is the sacred dance of grace: sung, prayed, proclaimed, seen, tasted, felt, heard, shared, and embodied, for the sake of our hurting world.