For awhile now, I've been watching Aaron Niequist from afar, admiring his work. He has undertaken the beautiful task of writing "a new liturgy"-- a mix of spoken word, Scripture, original compositions, and re-arranged hymns-- for the themes of life.
Aaron and I share the belief that all of life can be received as a gift and offered back to God in grateful praise. This is what it means to live eucharistically. He has made four of these projects around different themes, from God's love to the splendor of creation. I have been so blessed and encouraged and inspired by them.
Today, Aaron releases the fifth project: a liturgy about work. It is divided in two parts, one designed to be prayed along with on the way to work, and one designed to be prayed along with on the way from work. I frequently talk with people who are trying to find meaning in their work. At least part of the answer is found in offering our work-- our hands and gifts and time and moments-- to God at the start of each day. I think this project gives voice to such an offering.
When I have written or taught on the need for a fresh imagining of the liturgy, for the Spirit to lead us to give new voice to words and phrases that reflect and reveal the Trinitarian God we worship, I think of Aaron's work.
This project is full of beautiful music-- songs and sounds that will awaken wonder and worship in the heart of the listener. This project is full of profound prayers, many culled from the rich prayerbooks of the historic Church. This project is full of well-placed words, from Scripture and from other places, that are sure to be food to your soul.
Here's a short video about this work about work....Find out more at www.anewliturgy.com
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