Liturgy: A religious phenomenon, liturgy represents a communal response to and participation in the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication or repentance.
Dear Creator Family,
I continue to pray daily for all of you knowing that God is with us all.
It was a wonderful service this past Sunday as we gathered in the Lord from wherever we may be. A new experience produces challenges not only to logistics, but in our emotional and spiritual lives. Leading the service from my home was a physical and emotional challenge with the concerns of lighting, space, presentation, sound, timing, etc., compounded with liturgical concerns and spiritual hopes. I am sure I was not the only one feeling these emotions.
While our extreme conditions warrant these new practices, it will be and is God the Holy Spirit who is and will enlighten our minds and calm our hearts. Our concern for ‘good presentation’ is valid, a pleasurable experience encourages greater participation, but the truth is that the liturgy is a door and not a destination. Liturgy opens the way for us to transcend the moment and encounter the living God, liturgy reminds us that our relationship with God is somewhat separate and set apart, liturgy shows us that our connection to each other transcend time and space.
Still, clear images and good sounds are helpful as we relinquish ourselves to God in worship, so Mary's and my efforts to change up our tech practices continue. It goes without saying that almost all internet tech is sold out (just TRY and buy a webcam!), but I check daily and I am confident we will be able to improve our liturgical experience.
Thank you all for the feedback and suggestions you have provided. I will include as many of them as possible in the coming weeks. Please continue to give us feedback. It is a blessing on us.
Peace in Christ to you all.
Father Bill Burk†