New Occasions Teach New Duties

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A powerpoint from a sermon about liturgy and church architecture introducing a new layout for Advent, 2007, at Church of the Messiah, Toronto.

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New Occasions Teach New Duties

  1. 1. New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  2. 2. <ul><li>“New occasions teach new duties; time makes ancient good uncouth; they must upward still and onward who would keep abreast of truth.” </li></ul><ul><li>James Russell Lowell </li></ul><ul><li>“ Once to Every Man and Nation” </li></ul><ul><li>1845 (Common Praise # 587) </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  3. 3. <ul><li>And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 13:52 </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  4. 4. <ul><li>Liturgy ( leitourgia ) is a Greek composite word meaning originally a public duty, a service to the state undertaken by a citizen. Its elements are leitos (from leos = laos , people) meaning public, and ergo (obsolete in the present stem, used in future erxo , etc.), to do. </li></ul><ul><li>New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  5. 5. <ul><li>Why Worship? </li></ul><ul><li>It is part of our created nature to </li></ul><ul><li>glorify our Creator </li></ul><ul><li>It fulfills us as human beings </li></ul><ul><li>Worship brings us closer to God </li></ul><ul><li>Liturgy has the power to transform us </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  6. 6. <ul><li>What are the origins of our Worship? </li></ul><ul><li>The Ancients </li></ul><ul><li>The Hebrews </li></ul><ul><li>The Early Christians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Borrowers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Adaptors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Developers </li></ul></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Shape of </li></ul><ul><li>Synagogue Worship </li></ul><ul><li>The Seat of Moses </li></ul><ul><li>The Bema </li></ul><ul><li>Menorah </li></ul><ul><li>The Ark </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation to Jerusalem </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Shape of </li></ul><ul><li>Synagogue Worship </li></ul><ul><li>“ They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 1:21 </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Shape of </li></ul><ul><li>Synagogue Worship </li></ul><ul><li>“ When Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.” </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 4:16 </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  10. 10. <ul><li>The Shape of </li></ul><ul><li>Synagogue Worship </li></ul><ul><li>“ The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 14:1 </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  11. 11. <ul><li>Emerging “Christian” Worship </li></ul><ul><li>The House Church </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  12. 12. <ul><li>Emerging “Christian” Worship </li></ul><ul><li>The Basilica </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  13. 13. <ul><li>Early Christian Worship </li></ul><ul><li>The Dome </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  14. 14. <ul><li>The Middle Ages </li></ul><ul><li>The Cathedral </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  15. 15. <ul><li>The “Modern” Age </li></ul><ul><li>The Theatre </li></ul><ul><li>Pews face forward </li></ul><ul><li>High Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on “performance” </li></ul><ul><li>Passive, immobile congregation </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  16. 16. <ul><li>What’s Wrong with “Tradition”? </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings serve worship </li></ul><ul><li>Worship changes </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings change </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  17. 17. <ul><li>What’s Wrong with “Tradition”? </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  18. 18. <ul><li>What’s Wrong with “Tradition”? </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  19. 19. <ul><li>Things Change… </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  20. 20. <ul><li>… And They Stay the Same </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  21. 21. <ul><li>New Principles for Worship Space </li></ul><ul><li>Forms Christians </li></ul><ul><li>Builds Community </li></ul><ul><li>Glorifies God </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  22. 22. <ul><li>Forming Christians </li></ul><ul><li>Claimed in Baptism </li></ul><ul><li>Formed by the Word </li></ul><ul><li>Fed at the Table </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  23. 23. <ul><li>Baptism as Entrance… </li></ul><ul><li>Baptism as central to Christian Identity (and worship) </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship St. Charles Borromeo, London
  24. 24. <ul><li>Word as </li></ul><ul><li>Transformational </li></ul><ul><li>Spoken in the midst </li></ul><ul><li>Close to the people </li></ul><ul><li>Builds up community </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogic in character </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  25. 25. <ul><li>Table as Nurturing </li></ul><ul><li>Intimate </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic </li></ul><ul><li>Elevated meal </li></ul><ul><li>Model – Last Supper </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  26. 26. <ul><li>Inspirations…. </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  27. 27. New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  28. 28. <ul><li>Elements… </li></ul><ul><li>Baptismal Entrance </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  29. 29. <ul><li>Elements… </li></ul><ul><li>Baptismal Entrance </li></ul><ul><li>Word Among Us </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  30. 30. <ul><li>Elements… </li></ul><ul><li>Baptismal Entrance </li></ul><ul><li>Word Among Us </li></ul><ul><li>Nurturing Meal </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  31. 31. <ul><li>Elements… </li></ul><ul><li>Baptismal Entrance </li></ul><ul><li>Word Among Us </li></ul><ul><li>Nurturing Meal </li></ul><ul><li>Apostolic </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  32. 32. <ul><li>Practicalities </li></ul><ul><li>For Advent </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity 105 </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Set-up </li></ul><ul><li>“ Warm Feeling” </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship
  33. 33. <ul><li>Some Closing Thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not about us </li></ul><ul><li>It’s all about us </li></ul><ul><li>Transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Not entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Encounter with </li></ul><ul><li>Christ </li></ul>New Occasions Teach New Duties An Advent Experiment in Worship

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