Greatest quotable bit so far this week came from Michael Sansom:
"Orthodox liturgy is liturgy at full throttle!"
I couldn't agree more. This week has made me an even more passionate advocate of good well thought out (that doesn't mean rigid) liturgy. It has also consolidated my passion for advocating a common lectionary. To think that all the churches, no matter what style, theology, or denomination they might represent, hear the same Gospel message each Sunday is, for me, such a demonstration of the unity of diversity within the Christian church. It was with some sorrow that I discovered that many of the churches the people represented did not use the lectionary. So I'm intrigued.... those of you out in the blogosphere.... does your church stick with the lectionary or make "local" decisions about readings?
One curious thing this week, though. One person made a comment about me being there when I don't "have" to be. He seemed amazed that I could want to be there for the sessions even though I'm not exactly "doing" the qualification.
Well for me SAOMC provides a unique opportunity to meet Christians from an incredibly eclectic group of churches and churchmanships. It's a place full of adults (which is a change for me in many ways!) and a chance to use the part of my brain that likes to study. It is also a place where I have found some incredibly supportive friends who have encouraged me in my own faith and ministry journey. Some others are more aquaintances than friends (which is sometimes a shame) but there it is like a church, of sorts, and as someone who works for a church it is fabulous to have a Christian community where I'm not on duty sometimes.