Liturgical prayer is ritual verbal praise, confession, thanksgiving, and/or petition that we offer to God, often in the company of other pray-ers.
1. The use of liturgical prayer in church, small groups, or as individuals often generates strong emotions, particularly for those who have prior experience with written prayer or who have received prior teaching about it. What is your history with this sort of prayer? Is it comfortable? Does it feel artificial? If you do have an opinion about it, how did it arise?
2. “High church” refers to churches that are hierarchical in their government and formal in their liturgy, but even churches that shun formality settle into a comfortable rhythm of worship that could be called that particular church’s liturgy. Think about your own church or community of faith. What elements are often seen in its style of prayer?
3. Consider your small group’s style of praying or your own personal approach to prayer. What benefits might you derive from employing written prayers? What are the drawbacks of this level of formality? What are the advantages or disadvantages of repeating familiar phrases? How does the feel or dynamic change when you try liturgical prayer?