Magazine article Anglican Journal

Listening for the Heartbeat

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Listening for the Heartbeat

Article excerpt

WHEN I BECAME the vicar of Good Shepherd Mission in Navajo Nation, it was difficult to preach because of the way the elders of the church would listen. They would bow their heads, close their eyes and adopt a very serious face--not far from a frown. I learned that they did this because of the importance of the subject. Now, when I really want to hear, I adopt the same posture.

Today, most of us, regardless of where we come from, do not listen like elders. This can be seen in the way we listen to scripture. The scriptures are, for most of us, a place we go to find support for our already shaped opinions, whether we are conservative or liberal. We listen for confirmation or, quite often, ammunition. We are most often not aware that we are doing it.

This attitude toward scripture has deeply affected the quality of Christian worship. For many contemporary Christians, worship has become little more than inspirational entertainment. Without a renewal of listening and hearing the word of God, no amount of worship reform or renewal will provide a remedy.

The gathering of the Christian community in worship is designed to unveil the living word of God in creation, history and our daily experience. …

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