Itching Ears Being Tickled

At Tucson’s largest Episcopal church, St. Philip’s in the Hills, the creators of an alternative worship service called Come & See are bucking tradition by rewriting what have become prescribed ways of worship.

For the faithful, that means God isn’t referred to as “him,” and references to “the Lord” are rare.

“Lord” has become a loaded word conveying hierarchical power over things, “which in what we have recorded in our sacred texts, is not who Jesus understood himself to be,” St. Philip’s associate rector Susan Anderson-Smith said.

“The way our service reads, the theology is that God is love, period,” St. Philip’s deacon Thomas Lindell added. “Our service has done everything it can to get rid of power imagery. We do not pray as though we expect the big guy in the sky to come and fix everything.”

2 thoughts on “Itching Ears Being Tickled”

  1. Jesus proclaims Himself Lord:

    Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

    I guess they missed this one.

  2. My question is, why are they praying if they don’t think it will do any good? Seems like a waste of time.

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