How the Term “Liturgy” Enriches our Understanding of Worship (Tues. June 1)

The word of the day is “liturgy.”  In our age of individualism, most of us think of worship as a private matter.  It is our choice whether to attend worship or not.  And that decision is based on what we can “get out” of our participation.  But in today’s reading of  Acts 17:1-15, we hear how the church in Antioch “set apart” Barnabas and Paul for their missionary work.  This endorsement and empowerment of their ministry was made in the context of worship, that is, “liturgy.” Luke reports, “As they [the church in Antioch] ministered to the Lord and fasted,” the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and  Saul for the work to which I have called them”…