Is our worship ‘cutting-edge’?
Hmm. Well, we got some new microphones.
“This is none other than the house of God,
and this is the gate of heaven”
From the very beginning, the Church’s central act of worship has been the Holy Eucharist- a.k.a. the Mass, Lord’s Supper, Divine Liturgy, Holy Communion- when Christians gather to “proclaim the Lord’s death” (1 Corinthians 11:26), to celebrate his resurrection, and to be filled with his risen life from his own substance. That’s what happens at St Michael’s every Sunday morning (and at other special times).
Our form of worship- liturgy- is how the Western Church has been doing it for at least 1,700 years. We don’t expect newbies to understand it or to join in the first time they encounter it. In fact, it’s probably better not to join in right away. So if this ancient form of worship is new to you, then by all means just sit still, watch, listen. You’ll still be a part of it, along with all the angels and saints around the throne of God in heaven. And you’ll pick it up soon enough.
We begin with the proclamation of God’s Word from both the Old and New Testaments, culminating in the reading of the gospel, the very words and acts of Jesus himself.
‘Twas God the Word that spake it;He took the Bread and brake it;And what the Word did make it,That I believe and take it.
What we can say for sure, because of what Jesus said, is that in Holy Communion we receive him in Person into ourselves.
So in the Church’s central act of worship, Jesus ministers to us, first from his written Word, and then from his own substance. As St Paul says, This is a profound mystery!
It’s a pretty big deal! It’s the worship of the God who made everything, yet who loves each one of us more than we can possibly imagine, and who comes to us himself. What an awesome thought! What an awesome reality!