What a glorious day of worship we had yesterday. 3 Ash Wednesday services at 6:30, Noon, and 7:30. I loved the fact that I got to be at all 3. It made the day so rich.
The Ash Wednesday liturgy captures some of what I love best about Anglicanism— beauty, intentional words, silence, kneeling, sacrament, tactile helps, Eucharist, confession, Scripture, hope, history, prayer, deep hymns, visible reminders.
One of my dear friends, Cliff Warner is an Anglican priest in Austin, TX. He just wrote his top 5 reasons [in no particular order] for being Anglican. He says it well…
1. Because I am part of something bigger than myself. Anglicanism is global and historic; it stretches across both space and time.
2. Because Anglicanism has a robust track record of theological reflection, thinking the faith and engaging contemporary issues (William Wilberforce, C. S. Lewis, J. I. Packer, John Stott, N. T. Wright).
3. Because Anglicanism appreciates the role of beauty in worship and formation, paying close attention to the use of words, space and music.
4. Because Anglicanism observes a rhythm of life and worship, from framing our days with Morning and Evening Prayer, to the church calendar.
5. Because the liturgical format of worship is Christ-centered, scripture-saturated and shaped to bring me face to face with my desperate need and God’s glorious mercy, then brings me and all the saints to the Lord’s Table.
Relish this season of Lent. Be intentional.
Choose to be small. Let God be big.