Sing the song “Happy Birthday” and almost everyone can join in. Fireworks on the Fourth of July, turkey on Thanksgiving, and a tree at Christmas are other customs familiar to us. Our lives are marked by a variety of rituals and traditions that connect us to the past or common ways of celebrating civic, familial, or religious holidays.
Likewise, when we gather for Sunday worship, we become connected to Christians around the world. If we define tradition as something of worth from the past given to us as a gift for our present lives, then our worship is deeply rooted in tradition.
What are your favorite liturgical traditions?
This message was adapted from “Liturgy: A Gift of Connections” by Craig M. Mueller that appeared in the October 2001 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. Today is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost.