Parish Liturgy Commission

Parish Liturgy Commission

The Liturgy Commission serves as a consultative body to the Pastoral Coordinator by recommending sacramental policies and practices consistent with the norms established by the archdiocese and the universal church. It does this by assessing the parish's spiritual needs in the areas of liturgy, communal and personal prayer and devotions, and environment. Working with the staff, the commission consults with the liturgy planning committee, music ministry and liturgical ministers.

Liturgy Commission Members: Carol Ford (Chair;)  Danielle Purnell, Mark Scheibe, Amy Watson, Greg Hensley, Rebekah Hensley

 

Introducing our Parish Book of Thanksgiving

 

Most of you are familiar with our Parish Book of Intercessions.  It is on a stand always close to our baptismal font.  In it for many years, our community has been writing our prayers  - prayers for our loved ones, prayers for those who are sick, for people looking for a job, for souls in need of healing, for those who are searching, for our own needs and desires for help.  At every Mass, we pray for all the prayers written in this book so that in this way these individual prayers become our community's prayer as well.

But wait a minute......don't we sometimes pray in thanksgiving for the recovery of a loved one, for an answer to prayer, for our own health, for a sudden insight into a difficult problem?  Just as we pray to God for our needs, where do we write our prayers of gratitude?

The Liturgy Commission discussed that question and as a result, you will find close to the font not just a Parish Book of Intercessions, but another book - a new one - our Parish Book of Thanksgiving.  Just as we fill up our Book of Intercessions with our own needs and the needs of the world, we can fill up our Book of Thanksgiving with our prayers of gratitude to God.  Think of it - a whole book full of nothing but our prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude!  A very powerful thought indeed!

In an interview with a woman who had been taken hostage by a terrorist group in Somalia for almost two years, the interviewer asked her how she survived  such a devastating and destructive experience.  Part of her answer was that she had learned to be grateful for tiny things every day which helped give her courage and the will to survive the next minute, the next hour, the next day.

Instead of a life of hatred and violence, God has called us to live a life of thanksgiving and gratitude.  Let us celebrate that today by writing our prayers of gratitude in our new Parish Book of Thanksgiving.

A note to parents :

    We hope that you will explain to your children the meaning of these two books, our Book of Intercessions, and its companion, our Book of Thanksgiving.   

   It is the strong belief of the Liturgy Commission that these two books also belong to the children of our parish.  These are not sacred books.  It is the prayers written in them that are sacred. Therefore, if your child is not tall enough yet to write in the books  on the stands, we hope you will feel free to lay the books reverently on the floor so that your children can include their own prayers whether written or drawn.  Thank you.

"Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Jesus Christ."

Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

 

Liturgy Commission 2015-16:    Carol Ford, Della Maricich, Danielle Purnell, Mark Scheibe,  Amy Watson