Behold What You Are
An unexpected co-incidence of the timing of the publishing of Behold What You Are, is that is comes just as those who go to church or work in church are trying to figure out what church will be like after we emerge from being online only for more than a year, As many of us go back to our spaces and places of worship. we are being invited not just by this slim little book, but by history itself to look at our worship spaces and patterns with a fresh eye!
In a world increasingly and sharply divided, the image of the body of Christ can provide an alternate and life-giving narrative. We don't just gather to worship God; we gather to worship God together, even when that gathering is virtual. And we go forth together to be the body of Christ, that the world might be repaired and restored to God. This body is not finite and exclusive; it is porous and open to all.
This season of transition to hybrid and/or in-person worship, offers us an opportunity to look at our liturgical practices anew. Our traditions are a wonderful springboard for refreshed liturgical expressions in settings within and beyond our church buildings. These expressions can connect with people who would not otherwise enter a beautiful but somewhat austere structure. With some thoughtful reflection and intentionality, the public expression and formation of the body of Christ through liturgy can become more vital for all.