A Longing for Liturgy

At this blog, I try to strike a balance in the material that is presented. For that reason, I’m happy to share this quote from an article in The American Conservative.

“If you ask me why kids are going high church, I’d say it’s because the single greatest threat to our generation and to young people nowadays is the deprivation of meaning in our lives,” Cone says. “In the liturgical space, everything becomes meaningful. In the offering up of the bread and wine, we see the offering up of the wheat and grain and fruits of the earth, and God gives them back in a sanctified form. … We’re so thirsty for meaning that goes deeper, that can speak to our entire lives, hearts, and wallets, that we’re really thirsty to be attached to the earth and to each other and to God. The liturgy is a historical way in which that happens.”

If you’re not familiar with the term liturgy, it refers to both the elements in the order of worship (the prayers, sacraments, call to worship, scripture readings) as well as the order of worship itself. I love liturgy, and I think the article undervalues the richness and depth of the liturgical options available in our own United Methodist tradition, but the points it makes are valuable none-the-less.

Link: http://goo.gl/CQ830B