Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

apparently church is still one of the things I can talk about at great length

Ari was talking about planning a Morning Prayer service and said something about the service needing to include a Gospel reading, because you can pare down a service a lot but it has to contain a Gospel reading.

This was bizarre to me.  I mean, it makes me a little uncomfortable when the Sacred Text at Rest and Bread isn't actually from the Bible (though yes, God is still speaking, I know), but the Gospel specifically?

We talked about the High Church practice of revering the Gospel, and I am weirded out by that practice (the bowing, responsories, etc. at the Presentation of Scripture) generally, but doing it only for the Gospel rather than for all the Scripture readings makes me even more uncomfortable.  (I can understand privileging the New Testament, because we are Christians.  And I get that the Gospels are closer to the Word Incarnate -- I grew up with a Red Letter Bible and everything.  But institutionalizing a canon-within-the-canon?  Inherently makes me uncomfortable.)

I do continue to really like using a lectionary, because it keeps you from just preaching on the bits you're comfortable with -- though I wish the lectionary got through more of the Bible (a 5-year lectionary rather than a 3-year one?); I was telling Ari tonight that since most churchgoers' only Bible reading is going to be hearing the Word proclaimed on Sunday morning, I would like for someone who has attended church regularly for an entire lectionary cycle to come away with a sense of the totality of the Bible.

We also talked about sermons being posted to church websites, and apparently not only do I think the Web Person (I kept wanting to say Web Elf, TM Neil Gaiman) should HTML-ify the sermon, but guest preachers should at least be invited to submit their sermon text to be posted to the website --  because the main point of posting the sermons to the church website is "If you couldn't make it to church, here's the important part."  As soon as I said it, I was like, "Huh, I just said that."  I said, "I go to church -- rather than just listening to podcasts -- for Prayers of the People and Passing of the Peace and Fellowship, but apparently part of me still has that instinctive response that the sermon is the core."  My low church roots, let me show you them :)
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