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Deleted Scene 2: Book of Common Prayer

One thing I didn?t talk about Sunday morning was a practical way to incorporate the Psalms into your prayers. There is an ancient method for doing this that is becoming more popular among Christians today. It?s called the Daily Office or the Book of Common Prayer. It?s a bunch of readings, mostly from the Psalms, arranged according to the calendar. You can pray the Psalms and not have to just pick one at random. This is neat for two other reasons:1. When you pray these prayers you are praying the same thing on the same day that thousands of other Christians are praying. This serves as a reminder that we are part of a community of Christians that goes beyond denominational and geographical boundaries.2. When you pray these prayers you are praying the same things as many Christians from the last 2,000 years. This serves as a reminder that we are part of a community that extends over a long period of time. We are not isolated in space or time.Here?s a couple of links to check out if you?re interested:Book of Common PrayerPray With the MonksLet me know what you think. A bonus question: Do you think tradition is a good thing or a bad thing?

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Tradition
Because I rarely give a one way answer, I must say that tradition can be good because it links people together under the bond of sharing the same ideas. Such as people in Adrian come to Homecoming bonfire… it’s a good tradition because it works. If there comes a time when traditions stop fulfilling their purpose though, they become bad. If bonfire was no longer used for getting up for the game and showing school spirit, but became a sacrafice of real rival team players, then it would be bad. Maria


anonymous [Visitor]• 06/07/03 @ 04:26

Tradition
Because I rarely give a one way answer, I must say that tradition can be good because it links people together under the bond of sharing the same ideas. Such as people in Adrian come to Homecoming bonfire… it’s a good tradition because it works. If there comes a time when traditions stop fulfilling their purpose though, they become bad. If bonfire was no longer used for getting up for the game and showing school spirit, but became a sacrafice of real rival team players, then it would be bad. MariaComing from a tradition that is very, well, traditional, and in fact regularly uses the BCP for worship I gotta say that tradition is a SMASH (as opposed to Trash–Ahh, FM radio). Anyway, one of the things was was leary about coming to the ACC was the contemporary worship service. Now I actually enjoy it. As Danny said, this kind of tradition and ritual is great for promoting Christian unity. As long as the tradition doesn’t become more important than loving God and neighbor (and as Maria points out, as long as it doesn’t involve human sacrifice), I think it’s great.Mat


anonymous [Visitor]• 07/24/03 @ 19:32

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