10.26.14 Worship Confessional

morelessDon’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. (James 1:16-18)

This morning we concluded our series, “More and Less” by exploring a sacramental life. While varying expressions of the church have differed on how many sacraments there actually are, I would argue that we need more rather than less – sometimes more is better!

Barbara Brown Taylor, in her book, An Altar in the World writes:

“People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness. God shows up in whirlwinds, starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers. When people want to know more about God, the son of God tells them to pay attention to the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, to women kneading bread and workers lining up for their pay. Whoever wrote this stuff believed that people could learn as much about the ways of God from paying attention to the world as they could from paying attention to scripture. What is true is what happens, even if what happens is not always right. People can learn as much about the ways of God from business deals gone bad or sparrows falling to the ground as they can from reciting the books of the Bible in order. They can learn as much from a love affair or a wildflower as they can from knowing the Ten Commandments by heart.”

How can we begin to live a sacramental life – not only in the sanctuary on Sunday, but throughout our everyday, ordinary lives? Here are three practices you might want to begin to explore:

  1. Be Present
  2. Pay Attention
  3. Pronounce Blessing

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