Someone left a comment on one of my older posts that provoked me to this thought:
Liturgical worship is missional by nature.
Christina put it this way:
"In our theology it is believed that the liturgy is the work of the people ‘for the life of the world’… In the liturgy through our prayers we gather up the world, praying
general prayers that cover all aspects of our lives and individual
prayers that the faithful put forth to be included. The historical and
theological belief is that in the Eucharist we are in the heavenlies,
in the presence of God, lifting up all things to God in prayer and
In other words, a liturgical service is outwardly focused by its very nature. It is our work on behalf of the world. We lift the broken world to God in the Eucharist. We don’t come to the gathering to "get something from the worship", we come to "work for" new life to be brought to the world. When we’re in the "heavenlies" we aren’t just having a good old time with God, we are doing priestly work, lifting the world to God in prayer and thanksgiving.
Liturgical theology forces us to recognize the narcissism of thinking that we should be "getting something" out of worship. Sign me up for "the work of the people for the life of the world" instead!