Nick Spencer suggests that while Christians are involved in the liturgy of worship, the songs and creeds and familiar prayers of church, we are also involved in what he calls a “social liturgy”.
We not only resolve to respond to the goodness of God in our public worship, we also resolve to respond to the goodness of God through our public charitable activity. Thus, Mr Spencer writes, our social liturgy is just “another way of worshipping God in public”.
Our church liturgy comes when we resolve to attend services and give our hearts and voices back to God in remembrance of his goodness to us.
Our social liturgy comes when we resolve to give not just our church attendence, not just our money, but our time, and our talents, too, back to God, in remembrance of all that the Lord has done for us.
Look at the amount of Christians involved in social liturgy, and Christianity in the UK today looks to be in good health.
And so, may this be our resolution, a good one which we can repeat daily and which can become habit-forming. To live out a social liturgy where we are in 2017.
- drawing on the Theos report, Doing Good: A Future for Christianity in the 21st Century, in my talk Resolved to remember, and acting on that remembrance: a New Year’s call to Social Liturgy.