Tradition or accessibility?


#377 Life this week seems quite fixed around #cranmer and his #sacramentaltheology. Whilst slightly hard-going literature, reading specifically around Cranmer’s theology of the #eucharist and how that informed the #liturgy he wrote has got me thinking. How often do our #beliefs and #actions match? Do we say one thing and do another, or do we not question why we do what we do? For me liturgy is beautiful and often poetic, but I’ve been considering how inaccessible it can be for those who aren’t regular church attenders. The essence behind Cranmer’s liturgy seemed to be about simple language that all could understand. He also lived within a time where stories were told through images and symbolism – the liturgy itself was rich with symbolism, telling the story of Jesus from incarnation to ascension every service. Has the #church lost something of that essence of accessibility through #preservationoftradition?

Infectious Joyfulness

#293 As an act of worship to mark #Pentecost we used #balloons to create a sense of #joyfulconfusion. Part of the service involved playing with balloons. #God calls us to be joyful, and wants that joy to bubble up out of us. Whilst that isn’t always possible with all that happens in life, is there something you could do this week to spread #infectiouslaughter?

First Day of Lent

#197 #ashwednesday “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Today marks the first day of lent, a period of fasting and confession. It is a time to draw closer to God. So often we talk about giving things up for lent, but it can also be about taking something up. I have given up alcohol, and taken up the discipline of rest in each day. How about you? (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

Christmas Eve

#150 A little late but #christmaseve at the family home…it’s been a long day, a long month and no more can be done to prepare for Christmas Day! The rest, as well as festivities, begin here! (at The Park Playgroup)

The Posada

#149 The #posada came to visit this afternoon. We lit a candle and #prayed that we would remember the #journey Mary and Joseph made, and remember those who are travelling in difficult situations, and those who do not have a #home. We asked that we would #seegodinthepeoplewemeet and that we be a #blessingtothem. #powerfulprayer (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

Fear Not

#147 While #shepherds watched their flocks by night, All seated on the ground, The #angel of the Lord came down, And #glory shone around.
“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread Had seized their troubled minds; “Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind.” (at All Saints Church)

Advent

#125 #advent is a time for #watchingandwaiting attentively for #jesus in the church calendar. It is a time of great possibility and imminent joy! (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

Christ The King

#117 #christtheking What is your image of Jesus? Today the church celebrates Christ as King, but he never looked like a King on earth…or perhaps he did, and our own earthly images of the grandeur of Kings ignore the responsibility that goes with such a role. Either way, a challenging sermon led me to think about how often I deny the kingship of Christ every time I do not help those who need and be Jesus’ hands and feet in the world. What can you do for Jesus this week? (at High Street, High Wycombe)