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Praying Shapes Believing, An Instructed Eucharist

An Instructed Eucharist for St. Clement’s Episcopal Church Prepared by the Reverend Joy Caires and Dr. Mark Stahura, Music Director Adapted for Proper 27A
Prior to the invitation to silence, announcements will include the following,
It is said that praying shapes believing--yet, it is hard to know what we are believing if we do not understand what we are praying. So, in partnership with today’s emphasis on Christian formation, we will be exploring our liturgy in order that a deeper understanding of our liturgy might give us a deeper understanding of how our liturgy helps us to hear God's call to us. Every week, our principal act of worship as a church offers us an opportunity to engage in formation—the transformative learning that helps deepens our awareness of God and helps us to discern what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in the world today. This instructed Eucharist will take the place of the sermon.
Let us begin with silence...
Procession and opening hymn
The opening hymn, accl…

All Saints and Harry Potter a Saint

All Saints, 2017--the appointed scripture can be found at
(Harry Amongst the Great Cloud of Witnesses*)

On the Saturday before Halloween, I found myself at the grocery store picking up the ingredients for welsh rarebit and butter-beer milkshakes in anticipation of a long-awaited feast day in our home—the feast of the first viewing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Repeatedly, throughout the movie, my 7-year-old pointed out the moments in which Harry breaks a rule in order to do the right thing.
This observation was a big one for my rule following kid, and I was delighted that he was able to see that doing the right thing is more complicated than a simple right/wrong; yes/no; good/bad moment.
Likewise, our own identities are more complicated than any sort of artificial binary of good and bad; righteous and unrighteous; sinner and saint.
And, this is part of what is so appealing about the Harry Potter series—a se…