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“Liturgy is public poetry and art. You can make beautiful art by splashing paint on a wall, and you can also make art with the careful diligence of a sculptor. Both can be lovely, and both can be ugly. Both can be marketed and robbed of their original touch, and both have the potential to inspire and move -people to do something beautiful for God. So it is with worship. More important than whether something is old or new, winsome or classic is whether it is real. The Scriptures tell us to “test the spirits,” and the true test of the spirit of a thing is whether it moves us closer to God and to our suffering neighbor. Does it have fruit outside of our own good feelings? Beauty must hearken to something beyond us. It should cause us to do something beautiful for God in the world.” [from http://commonprayer.net%5D

especially that last bit – the true test of the spirit of a thing is whether it moves us closer to God and to our suffering neighbour…

if you haven’t yet, first read the previous blog link to the shane claiborne article on prayer – and then check out this site which appears to have a prayer or prayer list per day – i think this is going to be something that will help direct my prayers as i think i am a particularly bad pray’er and something like this to stimulate and direct and get me started might be just what the dentist ordered:

be checking of it out.

‘Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove explain why community worship and prayer—not just “action”—are so vital.’

take a read at some of the ideas that shane claiborne has on the importance and place of prayer in your community living…

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