Beati-truths

Written By:
Timo Scharnowski
Bible Refs: Matt 5:1-12
Lectionary Weeks: Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)

This interactive, spoken liturgy is inspired by an idea from the Wild Goose Worship Group. It could be used at the beginning of a service, after a reading of the Beatitudes or at the beginning of a sermon on this passage.
The fact that the congregation decides what the correct response to each phrase is, should lead to a critical engagement with the text and it could also promote a more vibrant, less static outlook on spoken liturgy.
Explain that the congregation responds by shouting out either ‘Yes, he did!’ or ‘No, he didn’t!’ as appropriate.
 

Extract from the reading:

Leader:         Jesus said ‘Blessed are the poor in Spirit…’
Congregation:     _________ (Yes, he did!)
Leader:         Yes, ‘…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’.

Leader:         Jesus said ‘Blessed are the happy-clappy…’
Congregation:     ___________   (No, he didn’t!)
Leader:         No, he said ‘Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted’)

Leader:         Jesus said ‘Blessed are the complacent’
Congregation:     __________   (No, he didn’t!)
Leader:         No, he said ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.’

Leader:         Jesus said ‘Blessed are the meek…’
Congregation:     __________    (Yes, he did!)
Leader:         Yes, ’…for they will inherit the earth.’

Leader:         Jesus said ‘Blessed are the ruthless’
Congregation:     __________   (No, he didn’t!)
Leader:         No, he said ‘Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.’

Leader:         Jesus said ‘Blessed are those that are persecuted because of righteousness…’
Congregation:     __________    (Yes, he did!)
Leader:         Yes, ’…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’

Leader:         Jesus said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart…’
Congregation:     __________    (Yes, he did!)   
Leader:         Yes, ’…for they will see God.’...


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Timo is employed as Worship Leader at St Michael's, Chester Square, London. He completed the London School of Theology degree in Theology, Music and Worship, writes songs and plays guitar and drums. He is a trustee of the Music and Worship Foundation, the charitiy which oversees engageworship.

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