‘ello.

can anyone tell me what the ‘holy roar’ is? or maybe it’s not something easily defined, but i’d like to hear any thoughts and comments. is it something watermark made up in a song? is it a real thing? i can’t find it in the Bible, and it renders nothing in a google search.

i don’t know why i was inspired to jot some of these thoughts, tonight but here are a couple of times i feel are ‘holy roar’ label-worthy.

one time, back in the texas tech days, a group of about fifty of us were at a leadership seminar when we got word that there was a situation we needed to pray for regarding our pastor and his wife. i remember being silent for just a moment, and listening to the 25-some odd voices around me talking to God. it was surreal.

silence, i feel, is another way to hear the holy roar. i can think of a couple of personal moments, being silent and alone, and hearing it. i can’t explain it so many words, but it is a deep and intimate communion.

perhaps another time i have heard the roar are times when people are singing in church. tonight, we sang ‘it is well’ and i feel like when old hymns like this are sung (while it might be a cool, trendy thing to do, bringing back the old skool), the band plays a little lounder and the people sing a little more…urgently.

i’m taking a liturgy class at st. david’s episocopal church right now, and today we were discussing the common book of prayer. what i find so interesting and fascintating, is the unity created by the liturgy in the episcopal church. what i mean, is that anywhere you go in the world, they worship services are the same. same readings, same scripture study, same everything. how incredibly unifying! so during a service, reading the liturgy, and prayers and scriptures, while they can become just words you say, have so much meaning. it’s incomprehensiable to think of the millions of times those words have been uttered. the spiritual footprint of those before and after us will continue to pray these ancient, old, inspired-from-scripture prayers.

so just like this episcopal goodness, i thinks singing old hymns draws something out within us. or maybe it’s just me. but i believe this is an experience i have had with the ‘holy roar.’

anyway, these are my thoughts. thanks for reading, kids. next week i’ll talk about the rosary.

4 thoughts on “‘ello.

  1. I am interested in the liturgies as well. I am drawn to the historic faith as a means to say ‘I don’t know it all and can’t rely on myself’. I wonder about how the liturgies should occur here and how (if) they are barriers for people. I have heard you say that you actually like it when we change it up also. Still processing things.

  2. First, I had to look up the word liturgy. Maybe I should take a class like you!

    I grew up in a tiny Baptist church, and looking back, I would say that we had no formal liturgy. You never knew what would happen – who would be moved to speak, sing, pray. The only thing that was “liturgical” IMO was communnion, and it was so sacred that we only partook once each quarter. (I can go on for days about my opinion on that, but I won’t bore you!)

    So when I began attending the Methodist church with Trey, I was a little freaked out by the rituals. Reciting the Lord’s Prayer and creed (our affirmation of faith) each week was very new and, well, weird to me. In fact, the only reason I knew the words to the creed was from the Rich Mullins song (and I love me some Rich Mullins). The preacher wears a robe there, for goodness sakes!

    But nine years later I still attend the church, and I’ve come to recognize what I suppose is our liturgy as a mechanism for reverence, a way to formally remind us that we are in the presence of the Lord (see my very own blog post from yesterday). However, I still miss the honest, informal, yes – even flawed, worship services of my youth. There’s a closeness in that unexpected worship that I miss. This may sound odd, but I feel like God is given more freedom to move without all of the rules to follow.

    Holy roar? Well, I know I’ve heard it both in formalized worship and quiet, personal worship. Your reference to hymns is right on for me – whether I’m alone or with a thousand other worshippers, the spirit of God and wisdom of Christians through the ages comes through in those hymns.

    probably more than you wanted to hear, but you made me think!

  3. you guys are welcome to come to the class anytime. i’m totally gonna get busted for not actuall being a member and just a poser-episcopalian. ha ha. kidding, kidding. they are open and cool with letting you join them through classes only!

    my teacher said that the episcopal church is a liturgy church while other protestant (except maybe some in presb and methodist?) were considered non-liturgy churches…even though it’s possible to have an order of worship. i think that’s just because there’s so much intentional, deep tradition. but i’m still learning! my teacher said that the episcopal church is a non-confessional church (meaning we don’t have written out a list of confessions that we confess to believe)so when people ask what the episcopal church believes, they point them to the liturgy (and also the niecene creed).

    we touched a bit on the differencesbetween ritual and liturgy, but we’re going to dive into that more later. i’m excited.

    i think this is going to be such an interesting class so i will keep you all informed. :D

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