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12 in 2012: January

January 23, 2012

I thought it would be fun to start a project here about very realistic ways to enrich our lives in 2012. I want to choose simple things from our own lives that can easily be incorporated into your life, without making a drastic change or asking you to give up something. Instead of saying, “Do this, not that,” I’m saying, “Here, have a cookie.”

January: Common Prayer

If you’re not familiar with the term or practice of liturgy, or if you have a strong reaction against it, let me share with you why it’s worth giving a try.

“Participating in the liturgy of the worldwide Christian community, whether on a Sunday morning or at another time, is more than attending a service or a prayer meeting. It is about entering a story. It is about orienting our lives around what God has been doing throughout history. And it is about being sent forth into the world to help write the next chapter of that story. Wandering the world in search of meaning and purpose, we may not even realize how desperately we need a story. But we know we’ve found something priceless when we find ourselves in God’s narrative.

“Liturgy is soul food. It nourishes our souls just as breakfast strengthens our bodies. It’s sort of like family dinner. Hopefully you’ll get some nutritious food, but more than nutrition, family dinner is about family, love, community. Liturgy is kind of like our family dinner with God.” (from Common Prayer, p. 11)

So how can you incorporate liturgy into your daily life? We use a book, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. But what’s great is that you don’t have to have the book to join in the prayer. The daily readings are available online for free.

Even when you’re not hungry, there’s something wonderful about sitting down to a meal with loved ones, with God’s family.  Please, whether you feel full or empty, pull up a seat and join God’s church worldwide in common prayer.

To get started, visit commonprayer.net.

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