We will be celebrating Morning Prayer in the choir stalls at 9am every weekday in Advent (Dec 4-8, 11-15, and 18-22).
Theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer believed that knowing the story of scripture was even more important than knowing the story of our present lives. By hearing scripture over and again, in its whole, he said “[w]e are torn out of our own existence and set down in the midst of the holy history of God on earth”. In this, he explains, we become the “reverent listeners and participants in God’s action in the sacred story…[a]nd only in so far as we are there, is God with us today also.”
Certainly the findings of several studies on spiritual growth and development prove out Bonhoeffer’s assumption – that knowing scripture is the surest marker of deepening faith in God in Christ.Where, outside of Sunday morning, can we simply encounter the scriptural narrative? One of the ways that Christian communities have done this across time is through some observance of hours of prayer that punctuate the day.
On weekday mornings in Advent, we will be celebrating Morning Prayer at 9am. The service will be simple, brief, and will allow us to hear large portions of holy scripture set aside through the Daily Office readings. We invite you to join us, when able, for this rite, and discover your story more deeply.