At the Open Source Liturgy Project there was a good deal of conversation about incorporating traditions or rituals that are native to a particular culture into the liturgy of the church. This is a great plan.
I live the suburbs and am having trouble coming up with suburban traditions or rituals. Here are some of my thoughts, but I know there have to be better ones…
Going to Starbucks
Walking the dog
High school football games
What else would you add? How could they be incorporated into liturgy?
This morning we are finding out more about the expectations for what is to come next. Each person here will be gathering a group to write liturgies in each of the following areas:
Death and Resurrection
Here is a presentation on Understanding the Open Source Cores for the Open Source Liturgy Project of the General Board of Discipleship. This was put together by the staff at GBOD and I uploaded it to Google Docs as we were given a CD with resources to use and share. Check it out:
We have started Day 2 of the Open Source Liturgy Project and I am looking forward to learning more about the technical platform and what is going to be next after being here. You can check out a little bit of the technical platform at http://wikigbod.org/wiki/tiki-index.php We are spending some time this morning discussing the baptism core.
Do you enjoy writing liturgy? Would you like to be a part of a development team that would write liturgy for particular contexts in Kansas? This might be rural, urban, mid-size, etc. I will be gathering a team for a retreat in the fall of 2009 to work on writing liturgy tailored to our context in Kansas. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please send me an email at andrew (dot) conard (at) cor (dot) org with “Open Source Liturgy” in the subject line.
I am excited about the potential for this project in being a part of renewal of the church and helping to bring revival to the state.
A call from the General Board of Discipleship for developers to work on an open source project for the texts of communion, baptism, service of Christian marriage and service of death and resurrection. I think that this has the potential to be an important part of the work of renewing the church.
Check out the post for more information on the project and how to submit your name, if interested in being a developer.
I have found that when caring for a family at the time of death and in preparation for a final service it can be quite helpful to provide clear guidance throughout the process. The service of death and resurrection as outlined in the United Methodist Book of Worship is an excellent guide for the service. To maximize the time that I am able to spend caring for the family, I have created a Microsoft Word document for a Service of Death and Resurrection from the United Methodist Book of Worship. I have added a few adaptations. You can download the Microsoft Word document here -