Saturday, June 4, 2011
For Introvert and Extrovert
I am not an introvert. I am an extrovert. The liturgy may be the way an introvert gets through Sunday morning but for me the liturgy is the way I keep from making Sunday morning all about me. My confession is this: I want to be a superstar, to MC Sunday morning like the Oscars, to do my monologue like Jay Leno, to improvise like Colin Mochrie, and then to end it all with a theme song that brings tears to the eye (Thanks for the memories)... I do not need to liturgy to prompt me but to contain me. I need the liturgy to fence in my personality (too much of it already gets through in the announcements and sermon). I need the vestments not to encourage my priestly service but to reign in that which would take its place and detract from Christ in His Word and the gifts He has given (Sacraments)... So, the liturgy is a benefit for both (introvert and extrovert).
Now I know some of you will rush to comment that it is not vestments or liturgy that pleases God but the sincere heart -- you are just as predictable as I am. So do us all a favor and do not react so predictably (anonymous) but think about what Chris Esget and I have said and to be thankful that the liturgy is there to work on both of us...