Thursday, March 10, 2011

Guiding Principles for alt.worship

In his recent article in Liturgy, "What do I love when I love my God?",  Jacob Myers offers three guiding principles for alt.worship liturgies. alt.worship liturgies should...

1. " up the participants for a radical encounter with a God who exceeds every expectation, nominalization, or characterization' that is, alt.worship should draw us to a God is who wholly other."
2. "...defer: they ought to offer themselves up to worshiping communities in such a way that conclusions are put off, suspended beyond a horizon that approaches while never arriving."
3. "...will situate themselves according to the middle voice, rupturing the boundaries between creator / creation, liturgist / participant, and producer / consumer. It will create the space for the worshiper to become liturgist."

From Liturgy: Emerging Worship, 26.2 (April-June 2011), 37. 

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