If you attended our worship service you would notice that we do things different from most contemporary evangelical churches. Our services are more liturgical with responses, confession of sin on our knees, singing of psalms, weekly communion, the Lord’s prayer, and the Apostles’ Creed. I am often asked why we do what we do. So this past Lord’s Day I preached the first part of a two part series entitled Why We Worship the Way We Do. This past week I covered the basic structure of the Lord’s Service. Next week I will dig into some of the details.
For those who have visited our church and would like to know, on a basic level, why our worship looks the way it does I encourage you to listen to these. You can download the sermon at the link above. If you have not visited with us and are unfamiliar with liturgical worship, I would recommend you look at our order of service before listening to the sermons.
Here is a copy of Peter Leithart’s blog post on fasting. He properly places the reason for fasting not on hating the body or material things, but rather on loving creation enough to fast so others can have more. It is a good and proper corrective to much of the gnostic philosophy pushed by Christians who promote fasting.
“For many throughout church history, fasting is bound up with hostility to matter and the body. We refrain from bodily pleasures of food and drink to train our souls in disembodied life.
That’s not biblical. The biblical fast, as Isaiah 58 puts it, is to share food with the hungry and clothing with the naked. The true fast gives good things away to those who don’t have them.
Biblical fasting, then, assumes the goodness of material things, and the propriety of pleasure. After all, if good and drink and clothing are evil, why would we want to share them? Isaiah’s fast assumes that creation is so good that we want everyone to have a piece of it.”