Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

7/28/2005

The meaning behind the words

“We believe in one God…”

“God’s peace be with you.”

“Our Father, who art in heaven…”

“Thanks be to God.”

Phrases we all know and say often…so often in fact that they are in danger of losing meaning. It’s happened to all of us at some point or another…you’re saying the Nicene Creed when suddenly your mind strays to what you want to have for lunch or what happened in the book you were reading before bed last night. It’s an easy trap to fall into when parts of the liturgy become second nature. How can we avoid complacency and enable our worship community to do the same?

worship at King of PeaceJust because the words are the same each week does not mean the message of God’s love for us becomes less important, less true. Think about the meaning behind the words, the fact that they are the joyful proclamation of God’s grace in our lives. We are called not only to spread the good news to others but to remind ourselves of it, not only to believe but to proclaim our belief in our worship and praise. If we can do this we can open our hearts and minds to what God may be trying to say to us rather than becoming mired in meaningless words.

Loren Hague, Intern
King of Peace Episcopal Church

2 Comments:

  • At 7/28/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger The Rev. Leslie J. Hague said…

    Isn't it, "Howard be thy name?" ;-)

    I often put down the prayer book and don't look at the familiar words. I find that I'm more able to concentrate on the actual meaning then.

     
  • At 7/29/2005 7:16 PM, Blogger Celeste said…

    I find that it helps me pay attentionif I close my eyes and then just go with it. That's the best I can do.

     

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