The Reverend Liz Costello
God is the audience, the one who evaluates what is done. The people in the congregation are the listeners, the actors on stage, the ones who act out the drama, who participate actively. The speaker is not the center of attention, but the one who prompts the listener, the congregation. Others who are vested… are also prompters, encouraging the people to be involved and do their part.
~Søren Kierkegaard, 1948
Purity of Heart is To Will One Thing
Søren Kierkegaard once likened liturgy to a drama. Every drama is performed for someone and, for Kierkegaard, the liturgical drama is performed for God. In response to God, the people gather and take up various roles. Be they cast, crew, actor, set designer, or director, they all take their cues from the script – the liturgical text. The Priest and Minister of Music act as directors, leading the people in the enactment of the drama. The congregation serves simultaneously as actors in and listeners to the drama. Using Kierkegaard’s analogy, it takes everyone, as cast and crew, to offer the performance of worship to God.
At St. Thomas’ Church there are many people who contribute to the performance of worship. From the altar and flower guilds, to the choir, to the sacred ministers (acolytes, readers, chalice ministers), to the clergy and staff – each one of us offers our own unique gifts to God as an act of worship, in the performance of worship to God.
At St. Thomas’ Church we continue to ask for your help in hosting worship for God. We will hold our annual liturgical training on Saturday, August 18 from 9:00-11:00 am in the church narthex. If you are interested in serving as an adult or youth acolyte, reader, chalice bearer, or server at the 8am or 10am service, please plan on attending this training. To RSVP or if you have questions, please email Susan Hunsicker at firstname.lastname@example.org.