I am the furthest thing from a liturgy expert. I'm a student. But some times, as C. S. Lewis once wrote, a student may be helpful to other students because he knows what it is like to not know what the teacher knows! I made these short videos (2-3 minutes each) to help fellow "students" to learn about certain moments in the liturgy. A true liturgist will know that these aren't formal names or moments; I am referring to parts of the service in informal ways. But I think this may help those of us from non-liturgical backgrounds to understand what we can gain from saying the Creed, confessing our sins, turning to each other, coming to the Table, and more.
First, an overview of my forray into learning from the liturgy:
INVITATION: Calling Each Other To Worship (The "Sursum Corda" and the "Sanctus")
Why do we gather with one another? What is the reason we turn to each other in worship?
PROCLAMATION: Remembering the Church Historic and Universal (The Nicene Creed)
What connects us to the Church-- the people of God all around the world, and those who have gone before us? If our many church-specific statements of faith have built unnecessary walls between us, what can unite us?
INVOCATION: Inviting the Spirit
God has turned His face toward us, ever and always, in Christ! So, what do we mean when we invite the Spirit to come in the midst of corporate worship?
CONFESSION: Acknowledging Our Need (Prayer of Confession)
Why do we confess our sins? Are we trying to convince God to be merciful? Or is there something more beautiful at work?
EUCHARIST: Meeting Jesus at the Table (The "Memorial Acclamation")
What is communion all about? Isn't it just a remembrance-- something in the past that we look back to? Or is there something about the Table that makes us look forward? And is there something happening in the moment that is beyond what we can grasp or know?
CELEBRATION: Leaving with Hope
Can Christians rejoice? Why are we people of hope and how does our corporate worship remind us of that?
For the music featured on these videos, check out the music project I released with Integrity Music based on these liturgical moments, called Mystery of Faith HERE.