“Evangelical Worship Leading,
The Liturgy, and me.”
Aaron Niequist
My story.
WHY?
WHY?
Why are the principles of The
Liturgy
(low and high) so important
for the modern church?
Beyond Singing.
Expression & Formation.
Expression & Formation.
John Witvliet, director of the
Calvin Institute of Christian
Worship
Jo
Expression & Formation.
John Witvliet, director of the
Calvin Institute of Christian
Worship
James KA Smith, Desiring The
Kingdom
“If the mall and its “parachurch” extensions
in television and advertising offer a daily
liturgy for the formation of the heart, what
might be the church’s counter-measures?
What if the church unwittingly adopts the
same liturgical practices as the market and
the mall? Will it then really be a site of
counter-formation? What would the church’s
practices have to look like if they’re going to
form us as the kind of people who desire
something entirely different—who desire the
kingdom? What would be the shape of an
alternative pedagogy of desire?”
Three-Legged Stool.
Fr Richard Rohr, The Immortal
Diamond
Three-Legged Stool.
Scripture / Prayer / Church history
Fr Richard Rohr, The Immortal
Diamond
Grounds us in The Bigger
Story.
Grounds us in The Bigger
Story.
-Our history
-THE STORY
Leitourgia
(li-toorg-ee'-ah)
“the work of the people”
“I’m Way More Compelled by a
Church OF the People than a
Church FOR the People”
Humility.
Ian Morgan Cron.
HOW?
Well-balanced meal.
Worship set as a
journey.
Tuning our hearts.
A Corporate Prayer.
We have come together as the family
of God in our Father’s presence
to offer Him praise and thanksgiving,
to hear His holy word,
to bring before Him the needs
of the world,
to ask His forgiveness of our sins,
and to seek His grace,
that through His Son Jesus Christ
we may give ourselves to His service.
Amen.
Learning from different
traditions.
Lord, Hear Our Prayer.
Band in the room.
A New Liturgy.
WHAT?
A few discoveries…
Change is possible.
Change is possible.
“Those who don’t believe in change
should get out of the way of
people who are busy changing it.”
To Change the World by James Hunter
Change is only
possible to a point.
Change is only
possible to a point.
DNA
“What SHOULD my church be?”
Change is slow.
Change is slow.
Clicks.
The Framework and
Culture.
The Framework and
Culture.
“Culture eats strategy for
breakfast.”
Humility.
Humility.
“Many movements built in truth
failed because the energy powering
them was ugly.”
Fr Ronald Rolheiser, The Holy
Longing
Consistent Teaching.
Consistent Teaching.
Both pastor and worship
leader.
Prayerful Exploration.
Prayerful Exploration.
"When the forms of an old culture are
dying, the new culture is created by a few
people who are not afraid to be
insecure."
"...those who endure are those who are not
attached to outcomes. They don't seek security
in plans or accomplishments. They exchange
certainty for curiosity, fear for generosity. They
plunge into the problem, treat their attempts as
experiments, and learn as they go. This kind of
insecurity is energizing; people become engaged
in figuring out what works instead of needing to
be right or worrying about how to avoid
failure. Whenever they discover something that
does work, there's a huge rush of energy, often
accompanied by laughter.”
Margaret Wheatley
The way we worship
becomes the way we believe,
which becomes the way we live.
All notes, slides, and examples are at
aaronniequist.com/blog.
anewliturgy.com