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Some Thoughts on Liturgy

In this talk on worship I present some concrete, practical suggestions to help with worship that works and spirituality that connects. I also provide simple models that can be applied in a variety of contexts.

The video was filmed at a liturgy education event organised by the Tikanga Pakeha Ministry Council of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

There is a transcript of this talk available to download here as a PDF.

There is a variety of ways you can use this talk:

  • For your own personal reflection and practice – including if you are a priest, or pastor, or leader, or…
  • For training and discussion – including for a community’s worship committee, or ordinands, or ongoing training and formation, or…
  • For a whole community…
  • You can watch it as a whole, stop and start, or divide it into segments across more than one meeting…
  • Where do you agree? Why? Where do you disagree? Why? Where are you challenged? What were some new ideas for you? Most importantly: how might you change? What can be improved in your worship practice? The practice of your community?…

If you want to follow up this talk with further reflection, my (free) book Celebrating Eucharist is a resource that develops these ideas, and includes discussion questions.

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I have had some questions about my reference to “Te Reo” and about the image I am standing in front of.

Te Reo means “the language” in (te reo) Māori, the language of the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The image behind me (this is filmed at St John’s Theological College) is explained by Rev. Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, one of the Deans:
(1) Poutama, stairway motif;
(2) Purapura Whetu me Roimata Toroa (cluster of stars + tears of albatross)
(3) Mumu (combines motifs from others = ‘unity in diversity’);
(4) Kaokao (inverted chevron pattern to the god of war).