Greek we should know, iv.

Liturgy, etymologically,
comes from the Greek words
laos, “people,”
and ergon, “work.”
Liturgy is the work of the people—
the work of the people in worship

which I certainly claim as significant within baptist affirmations—
not the work of clergy, but of the people.

And every church has its liturgy—
its way of working,
even though liturgy has become overly identified
with a particular kind of work
of particular people,
as it has become basically synonymous
with “high” church—
with what is a more formal liturgy.

But every church has its liturgy—
whether its liturgy be high or low,
formal or informal;
it’s still liturgy.

So not only is it inappropriate to suggest
that liking or appreciating
(or disliking or not appreciating) liturgy
means anything more than liking and appreciating
(not liking/not appreciating)
a particular kind of liturgy,

but to dismiss liturgy
as if you didn’t have one
is disingenuous—
not to mention undesirable.

For a non-liturgical church
is simply a church whose people are not working
in their worship

which is to simply say, don’t you think,
it’s no longer a church.


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