Liturgy Lived Out (Mr. Werth Mayes)

Liturgy Lived Out

By Werth Mayes

The purpose of the liturgical calendar is to relive the major events in Jesus’ life in real time.  Easter and Christmas are the ones that we most readily identify.  The season of Lent is especially meaningful to me.  Lent is the forty day period before Easter and begins on Ash Wednesday (which was March 5 this year).  By observing the forty days of Lent, we imitate Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days.

Lent is the perfect season of the year for solitude, self-reflection, and taking stock.  Some of my observations of Lent this year was with a quiet evening in a motel room by myself.  I took a legal pad and began evaluating my life. I created headings for different areas of my life.  I looked at several areas, including my life as a husband, as a minister, as a Christian.  One heading that appeared on the page was:  What I want to pass on to my daughters.  

What do I want to pass on to my daughters?  I want to teach them how to rope a calf and how to handle a horse.  But others could teach them to do such things.  I began to think about areas of their lives that are maybe more important.  I want to teach them about marriage and a Christian home.  No one else is qualified, no one else is in the unique position that I am in to accomplish this task.  These things are done through our relationships as father-daughter.  I want them to each have husbands that honor and respect them, so I show them what that looks like in my relationship with Sadie.  I want them to have homes that honor God, so we have a family devotion time before bed. I want them to learn to pray, so on the way to school, Lauren, Mackenzie and I pray.  I have begun hearing phrases that I pray repeated by my girls. I have felt a great sense of humility as they pray for me.  They are growing.

These things are accomplished through mentoring relationships.  We have people in our lives, not to just transfer knowledge, but to put flesh on the skeletons of life and theory. They show us what it looks like.  For ministers, the seminary setting is the place we come not only for information, but to begin the formation process of becoming ministers.  At Logsdon, I had professors who have stood in pulpits to proclaim God’s Word, sat with church committees to do the work of the church, and held the hands of those who hurt and grieve.  They have the knowledge, but more than that, they have lived out the life of a minister where students are preparing to go.  Ministering to young ministers is a unique service in God’s Kingdom.  They do what no one else is qualified to do.

The Window Library

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The Window - Fall 2011
T.B. Maston - His Life and Thought
Manuscripts from the 2011 T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics
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Narrative and Character Formation
Manuscripts from the 2010 T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics
with Dr. Joel Gregory

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