Thursday, June 26, 2014

Too Liturgical?

"Evangelicals often worry that we might become “too liturgical,” as if the liturgy might inhibit the church’s ministry and mission. If the liturgy is Christ’s Word and Food given to us, and His work before the Father for us, though, there cannot be any such thing as “too much” liturgy. The real danger is not liturgy but our faithless attempts to improve on God’s gifts, our impatience with the slow, unspectacular labor of Word and Sacrament."
Peter Leithart, 'Too Liturgical?', First Things

I'm not sure what he *exactly* means by "Christ's Word and Food", but the overall sentiment is important to heed. Additionally we're all liturgical anyway, the real question is what shape should it take.