A Catholic Priest Endorses Spirit-Led Participatory Church Meetings

I was recently reading a book by a Catholic priest, Father David Knight, and to my surprise he make a bold statement endorsing Spirit-led, participatory church like we do at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee.  Here’s the quote:

“Saint Paul describes the liturgy as a communal enterprise, something the whole community has a hand in creating:  “When you assemble, one has a psalm, another an instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation.”

This is from the book Reaching Jesus and was published by St. Anthony Messenger Press in 1998.

Here are two more quotations from the book:

“The spiritual words God speaks in our hearts take flesh when we speak them with our lips.”  (You need the opportunity to share what God is saying to you and doing in your life!)

“No Christian has to become a prophet; we were all made prophets — consecrated and empowered to be prophets.  But what we are and what we actually do are frequently out of step with each other.  We do not become fully what we are until our doing matches our being.”

At Berry Street we have discovered that everyday believers are both prophetic and eloquent when they share from their heart as led by the Holy Spirit.  Come and see for yourself:  Sundays @ 10:45 am., 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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