It sometimes surprises me how much my phone does for me. In the old days (not that long ago!) my phone was …well just a phone. Now I use it as a calendar, to listen to my music and teh radio. I do my banking on it and most iof my shopping. I also now use it to help me pray. A folder has a few apps which I use most days to stop and pray. One of those is “Common Prayer: A liturgy for Ordinary Radicals”. The blurb says this:
“Common Prayer: A liturgy for Ordinary Radicals helps individuals and today’s diverse church pray together across traditions and denominations. With an ear to the particulars of various liturgical prayer traditions, and using an advisory team of liturgy experts, the authors have created a tapestry of prayer that celebrates the best of each tradition. This convenient and portable book also includes tools for prayer scattered throughout to aid those unfamiliar with liturgy and deepen the prayer life of those already familiar with liturgical prayer. Churches and individuals who desire a deeper prayer life – and those familiar New Monasticism – will enjoy the tools offered in this book as a fresh take on liturgy.”
It is a helpful tool to use in a pattern of prayer. To be honest I am not sure it is that radical. As someone who has grown up in the pattern of daily prayer within the church it feels familiar – and different enough to be at times refreshing. As well as material for each day – there is a reflection at teh strat of each month. Here is what I read in April:
“Discontentment is a gift to the church. If you are one of those people who has the ability to see things that are wrong in the church and in the world, you should thank God for that perception. Not everyone has the eyes to see, or to notice, or to care. But we must also see that our discontentment is not a reason to disengage from the church but a reason to engage with it. As Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world” Our invitation is to “be the change” we want to see in the church. There are things worthy protesting, but we also have to be people who “pro-testify”, proclaiming the kingdom that we’re for, not just the evils we’re against.”
New Roots is often reflecting on how we sit with our relationship with formal church membership. Should we stay – or should we go? (if we haven’t already gone!). The point made here in Common Prayer: A liturgy for Ordinary Radicals is that perhaps we should stay and be people who are part of the change that we so desire.
The great quote from Cardinal Newman: “To live is to change, and to change often is to become more perfect.” is perhaps helpful. We should stay and help the church become a bit more perfect by changing!
Change is of course at the heart of what being kingdom people is about. So…maybe it’s time to consider staying put for a while in ways that are right for each of us.