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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.  

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April 7, 2012

Lessons from the Easter Vigil

We're celebrating the Easter Vigil this evening in the congregation where I worship. If you've never had the opportunity to participate in the Easter Vigil, it's the "swiss army knife" of liturgies. It's got everything ... Light, Word, Baptism (or reaffirmation), and the Lord's Supper; there's a bonfire, banners, bells, books, candles, children's artwork, dancing, singing, praying, preaching, washing, anointing, eating, drinking, and lots and lots of Scripture. It's an amazing opportunity to experience the whole story of salvation—God's mighty acts from creation to resurrection to new creation—all in one evening.

Because there are so many "moving parts" in this event (literally, since we're traveling in a kind of pilgrimage all around the church property to hear the various readings) I'm running a rehearsal this morning to allow all the leaders (a total of sixty people of all ages) to walk through the service. As I've been thinking about the main things I want the leaders to know and remember as we prepare for the service, it occurred to me that these are not only good guidelines for liturgical practice, but valuable lessons for all of Christian life.

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