Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Opus 2024-044: Madness in the Method

Ritual can add a lot of value to an experience.  I don’t mean habits or routines.  Those are different from rituals.  I deliberately try to set up routines to compensate for my forgetfulness.  They are to avoid disaster.  Ritual is to spice things up.

Take chop sticks for instance.  Chop sticks make Chinese food taste better.  If you don’t believe it, the reason could be you never learned to used chop sticks.  I can’t explain it.  I can’t prove it.  It is still true.  A fork might be quicker but there is a cosmic sympathy that is just not there.

Hand grinding coffee for the French press is a lot slower than pre-ground in a drip machine.  It gives a more satisfying result.  To illustrate this check out all the videos out there proclaiming they have the perfect way to process it.  They use scales to measure coffee and water in grams and timers to make sure you pace is right.  It is all for the perfect cup.

Here are a few of the rituals I value that occurred to me.

Voting in person
Liturgy in worship.
Eating grapefruit with a spoon
Writing with a fountain pen
Reading from a really well made book
There are quicker ways to do things.  In an objective world they would be just as good as the traditional ritual methods.  Sometimes they are.  Sometimes they are not but the trade-off is worth it.  Often the ritual makes life richer.  Sometimes our emotions remember what our mind has forgotten and we are feeling valued memories rather than contemporary experiences.  

You may have your own rituals.  Take the time to enjoy them.  Let the mocking roll off like the advice of a fool.

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