It is joy to see we have the whole year unfolding before us giving us an opportunity to begin anew. I look forward to the amazing and redeeming work God will do among and through us this coming year through the unity of liturgy and life.

For most of us the word liturgy is so narrow that it means only the work of worship that the people do in church, or the work of the preacher on Sunday mornings. Historically, leitourgia had nothing to do with religion, but instead resembles the word Paul used in his letter to the Romans to describe what people do behind the counter of a bank, putting new soles on our shoes, waiting tables, washing dishes at our sink and making our beds.

This year I encourage you to think of liturgy as our daily work and that it can become our ordinary worship. All of us who participate in the liturgy of worship bring with us all of our yearnings and hopes, wounds and brokenness. It is here that God’s people who live in the world meet the God who loves the world. The work done well is prayer – a thank you note is sent, a phone call returned, food is cooked and shared, repairs are made, unhealthy conditions are corrected, surgery is performed and grace is given. All of life belongs to God and our everyday, ordinary work in the world is a way to talk to God and therefore it is prayer. Helping people find the holy in their everyday work is the best way we can respond to those who are searching for meaning in their lives, for healing, restored relationships and a deeper connection between their daily lives and their faith.

Grace and Peace,

Mary