There is an expression that is used to get people to think about what they eat. It is, ‘you are what you eat.’ From a spiritual perspective we could say, ‘you are what you pray.’ We all pray with sighs too deep for words, some of us pray more intentionally. Our Sunday morning prayer life, our common prayer life, is organized in a particular way which is called Liturgy. Liturgy is a word that means ‘work of the people’ If you are like me, you might be wondering what work happens here on Sunday morning, could it be work to sing or work to listen to a sermon, work to gather around the altar for communion? In a way it is because the important thing about this work is that it is a participation event. As we celebrate and give thanks you are invited to bring the whole of your life. Our modern world has taught us to compartmentalize our lives and separate our worship from the rest of our life. In our culture, where many things have become entertainment, some people may even think that church is a form of entertainment where the congregation are simply passive recipients. That is very unfortunate. I would like to invite everyone to become active participants in our Sunday liturgy.
One way this can happen more easily is through participation in the prayers of the people. There have been occasions when people have wanted prayer concerns added to our common prayer and have not been able to do that. Beginning on the feast of Pentecost (May 24), there will be a binder available for you to add names of people you would like us to pray for and also local concerns and especially I invite you to take seriously events and special Meaford initiatives. We can pray regularly for a vibrant economy in Meaford, and for better jobs that will encourage young people to stay in the area. We can pray for hospice events, park clean-ups and choral concerts. Prayer is not magic and it is not about changing God. It is primarily about changing our own perspective and motivating us to act to make happen that for which we pray. I encourage you to participate more fully by adding your prayer concerns to the list. Whoever is leading the prayers will pick it up at the beginning of the service.
I am very grateful to all of the people that contribute to the wonderful liturgy we enjoy, from the lay readers to the chancel guild, to the choir, the sides-people and servers. Thank you for your work. We are very blessed to have a new server and are happy to have others. Kendra enjoyed her first experience and is looking forward to the next time. We can also always use more readers and leaders of the prayers. You do not need to be a lay reader to lead the prayers. If you are interested in more participation please speak to me; and thanks to all of you for enriching our common worship.