Tassels and Anglicans (Numbers 15:37-41)

There was an Anglican church that I attend occasionally in Kentucky. It was a delightful place and I enjoyed spending time with fellow students, teachers, and even strangers who became good acquaintances. The one thing that continually challenged me was the rituals of the Church. It was very structured, to the point that one would wonder if it was possible to meet Christ in this setting.

The question was a legitimate one, and one I can see as a problem in many high liturgy churches. I did, however, get reminded of one passage in numbers. The end of chapter 15 is a call for Israel to wear certain tassels at the hems of their clothes so that they remember and obey all of God’s commands. At the end of the passage, God reminds them of His saving them from Egypt.

This answered my questions. Here God is talking to his people through liturgy. If you go through the Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament), you will find that it is a worship guide, much like the discipline books of churches telling them how to run things. Throughout this worship guide, there is narrative reminding people of God’s actions in history. These high liturgy churches are doing the same thing. They are reminding people as they guide them through worshipping the God of Heaven.

I am not attending an Anglican church now, but I do appreciate the love it gave me for liturgy. Having symbol and guidance can help us see Christ more clearly since it is from the depths of the history of the Church. I hope you see how valuable liturgy can be. Try it. Pick up a book of prayer from one of the high liturgy churches and see how it works. You do not even have to keep making up prayers, they are right in front of you like open doors to the throne room of God.

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One thought on “Tassels and Anglicans (Numbers 15:37-41)

  1. Liturgy can be helpful, indeed.

    Sometimes, so-called non-liturgical churches have their own liturgy — the same phrases in prayers, the same number or kind of songs, the same testimonies from the same people. That’s not necessarily bad, either.

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