Sometimes, I think we confuse the work of the church and the work of disciples. The church — literally, the ekklesia, the community — is found where Christians are gathered. The work of the church is to offer prayer and praise; to proclaim the Gospel; and to promote justice, peace, and love.
Several dioceses have submitted resolutions on liturgical matters, including resolutions on encouraging the communion of unbaptized people. There are also resolutions for a constitutional amendment and edits to the baptismal covenant. The topic of communion without regard to baptism is an important one, so I hope everyone will pray, study, and listen before voting.
This is the twenty-eighth post in a series on resolutions for General Convention 2015. See also the index of resolutions and the list of resources related to #GC78. When I blogged the resolutions on our calendar of saints...
For those just tuning in, let me remind you that I fully support our church’s continued move to bless and marry same-sex couples. My only questions are about how to do that. In this post, I share some hopes about how we might proceed.
Whatever we do at this General Convention, I hope we will do it graciously. We should be kind to one another, and we should realize that we have things to learn from those with whom we differ. In our speech and in our action, I hope we will model the love of Jesus Christ which is the same love that animates the very marriages we are discussing.
For today, we get to the resolutions coming from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. In a Groundhog Day moment, I feel like I’m rewriting what I wrote for the 2012 General Convention. We’ll look at the SCLM material over two or three posts, depending on my stamina. Let’s start with saints, or perhaps I should say, “saints.”
I’ve had two conversations with friends recently in which some confusion was expressed about the proper readings for Holy Week. It’s understandable that there would be some confusion, because the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Church has introduced a bit of a mess with the Holy Week readings.
Looking at Facebook lately, I’ve seen that plenty of folks have been wondering what to do about Holy Week services. One sees lots of versions of “How can we be more ‘creative’?”