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"Design your Sunday morning liturgy using your own liturgical predilections. Go ahead and take liberties from the rubrics of the prayer book; everyone does it."

Mr. Gunn's mock GOE essay question reminds me of a couple of incidents when I was much younger:
1) When I was a teenager, in the last year of my synagogue's religious education classes, our class was asked to create a Reform Jewish liturgy for a Friday night ("kabbalat Shabbat") service. We thought we were clever when we substituted one of the standard Hebrew prayers with "I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends", by the Beatles.
2) In the early 1980s, I hung out with a lay Roman Catholic group. I was invited to go with them to a Pentecost Sunday service. Pope John Paul II had recently warned Roman Catholic parishes to stick with the traditions of the church, not to experiment -- so, naturally, this church celebrated Pentecost with a couple of Maori fire dancers.

Posted by peterpi - Peter Gross at Saturday, 4 January 2014 at 6:10pm GMT
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