Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Sacrifice of Praise

5 Lent
John Paul II

Post-Modern Experiential Worship Kit
(Anglo) Catholic Version


1. Candle - for the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the flame of love that recreates us.

2. Crucifix - That we may ever meditate upon and be mindful of the Sacrifice of the Lord.

3. Icon of the Trinity: The Hospitality of Abraham - As the divine persons indwell and encircle one other (Gk. "perichoresis") as different but united personalities, the Holy Spirit catches us up into this dance, and enables our participation in the life of this divine community. Our prayers and praises comprise our "steps" in this dance. See also "The Sign of the Cross."

4. Censer - Our worship on earth corresponds to the worship in heaven.
"May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice" (Ps 141.2).

Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand (Rev 8.3-4).
5. Shorter Christian Prayer - Let us learn to pray from the psalter, and to do so with the whole Church.

Post-Modern Experiential Worship Kit
Reformed Version


The Greek New Testament.
...Give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching (1 Tim 4.13).

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Anonymous said...

And the funny this is...

It's true.

A said...

I find it interesting that everything in the "postmodern" kit is actually...well, premodern.

Kyle said...

See, that's the deep irony that I've been trying to express all along...

Ben Finger said...

Kyle what would you include in a Pentecostal/Charismatic Experiential Worship Kit? =)

Kyle said...

Uh, snakes? Don't you guys typically provide your own special effects? :0P

Caelius said...

Postmodern Experiential Worship Kit:
(Early Morning Broad Church Edition)

Computer +

Jared Cramer said...

Very nice Kyle.

Two points to Caelius for my favorite comment.

Kyle said...

Cheers, Jared.

Good one, Caelius. :0)

Eyrezer said...

lol, very nice! What an elegant way of making a point.

Jim Olson said...

Can I complain that the items in the Anglo-catholic experiential worship kit are not very aesthetically pleasing? Kyle, I have catalogues...

Kyle said...

Ha! Good thinking.