Next Tuesday (Feb 17th), we are launching A New Liturgy No 6: Examen at anewliturgy.com. You’ll be able to download the 28 minute liturgy immediately, and pre-order the full Examen Expanded Edition. We hope that it serves you well as we move into this season of Lent…and all year long.
The following day (Feb 18th) begins this season of introspection and fasting with Ash Wednesday. This is a day where many Christians around the world confess our sins before God and remember “from dust we are and dust we shall return.”
In preparation, we are giving away A New Liturgy No 3: Lord Have Mercy on NoiseTrade. Maybe you happily belong to a modern church but want to also connect into something more historic. Or maybe you are deeply rooted in the high church tradition, but are looking for a fresh way to engage this deep season. May “Lord Have Mercy” be a bridge and a gift in some small way. (Free until Feb 24th. Available HERE after that.)
A couple ways you could use it…
(1) Personally. Lent is such a great time to look inward and invite God to shine light into every dark corner. Maybe you could set one hour aside each week to pray along with the “Lord Have Mercy” liturgy and see how God leads you to respond.
(2) Small group. This may be a little intense, but might your small group be ready to engage this together? You could listen and pray through the first six tracks together, and then after the “Litany of Penitence”, pause the recording and spend some time sharing with each other. A question to start might be: “What is one area in your life that you most need God’s mercy right now?” And a second question: “How can we, as your community, help you receive this mercy?”
(3) Ash Wednesday Service. If you would like to lead your community through this liturgy (or a modified version of it) on Ash Wednesday, you can Download the basic chord charts and string quartet parts. Feel free to use this in any way that would serve your church.