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Praying With the Church

Praying With the Church

Well, we have come out of Lent, and now we are in Eastertide, the 50 day of Easter. Yes, it’s a season; not a day. (there are actually 7 Easter Sundays, but no worries, I don’t know of any local parishes that do 7 sunrise services.)

For any interested in continuing the practice Lent might have encouraged, joining the global church in communal spiritual practices, I have a book for you. by Scot McKnight provides an introduction to what he calls the distinction between “praying in the church” and “praying with the church.” Mcknight gives us the history of the church’s long practice of fixed prayers at fixed times, telling us why we might consider incorporating the discipline as well as ways we might meld the practice to our own rhythms.  He even roams into the arena of several particular traditions (Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican) have lived out these practices.

If you’d like more instruction in how to allow God to order your time and your days, this might be a good place to start.

Easter peace / Winn

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