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Daily Prayers for Holy Week [EDITOR'S NOTE: These prayers are taken from the contemporary wording of the Book of Common Prayer. The U.S. online version can be found HERE.] Monday in Holy Week Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Tuesday in Holy Week O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Wednesday in Holy Week Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Maundy Thursday Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,...
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On the Theology of Our Worship Services When some people find out that NewLifeSundayNight incorporates elements from the historic liturgy and many prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, they can't help but insinuate that I'm just "swinging the pendulum" away from "contemporary worship," or reacting to my years as a "modern rock" worship leader as they reacted to their years of growing up with "traditional worship." Others ask what the big deal is. After all, God isn't impressed with big words or old prayers, so just pray or sing from your heart and you'll be fine, right? (I actually responded at length to this question in a blog entitled, "Do the Words We Use in Worship and Prayer Really Matter?") Others are drawn to it because it's "nice to make something old new again." To be honest, this is far more meaningful to me than simply mixing "old stuff" and "new stuff." It's not just a matter of "stylistic preference." And it's not about "impressing God." It's about learning to worship in "spirit and in truth." The uncomfortable truth is that "the way we worship and pray is the way we believe is the way we live" (or, in Latin, if you prefer: Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi.) This 5-minute clip is my response to two questions from The Worship Community related to the subject of the theological content of our worship services, the usefulness of historic liturgy, and the thoughtfulness required in leading worship: Their questions to me were: 1. In your role, what do you believe are the core values for developing a healthy, wholehearted worshiping community? What are the greatest tensions and challenges you have faced and what advice would you give for overcoming them? 2. In your view, is there a difference between theological oriented worship and adoration oriented worship? Are...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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