Liturgy Canada Journals

Here are articles and book reviews. You can look in the index for past journals.  Our audience comprises clergy, lay people, church musicians, parish worship committees; people who wish to think about and work on the connection between worship and the Christian faith.

Responding to the Word

The third of Liturgy Canada’s five Real Presence conferences took place at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, on September 23, 2017. This event, entitled Responding to the Word, paid special attention to the things that take place after the proclamation of the Word in the Eucharist, including the Hymn of the Day (Lutheran order), the Creed, the Prayer of Confession (Anglican order), the Peace, and the Prayers of Intercession/Prayers of the People. Presenter John Hill also spoke on “lament” as an often-forgotten expression in Christian worship.

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Rediscovering the Prayers of the People

Jesus’ teaching about prayer is paradoxical, to say the least: “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”(Matthew 6: 7-8) So why pray at all, if God already knows what we need, and even knows what’s on our minds? And do we really think we can persuade God to do something God would not have been inclined to do?

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The Sunday Morning Crisis

Why have most of the baptized given up on Sunday worship? While church authorities argue about the way worship should be conducted and what kind of music and preaching should be featured, many of even the most informed and conscientious Christians have apparently concluded it’s not worth the trouble. It’s not that they have stopped ‘doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with their God’ (Micah 6:8); it’s just that confusion about the purpose of Sunday morning has taken its toll.         Read more of “The Sunday Morning Crisis”

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