The “Full, Active, Conscious Participation in Community & Liturgy” Topic looks at how we are called to live and pray together. Personal experiences and practical advice are offered to help make the challenge of active participation a reality.
Young Adult Chase Becker first shares how participating in liturgy has influenced his own life, even leading him to understand his place in the world as a Christian. He admits that it is not always easy or fun, but shares his conviction that looking back he can see amazing changes in his life because of simply choosing to participate in liturgy. He reflects on the scripture and illumination “Letter to the Seven Churches with the Heavenly Choir” (Revelation 4:8b, 5:11-14), seeing in the variety of crosses and colors an analogy for the different liturgical experiences he has had.
Kimberly Belcher, Ph.D., Professor of Theology at Saint John’s School of Theology·Seminary, begins by explaining why liturgy is held in such high regard in many Christian denominations. She then shares 3 practical tips for getting more out of liturgy, and explains how getting more out of liturgy will mean getting more out of daily life.