A Liturgy Audit Tish Harrison Warren

Friday, May 22, 2020

“Are there habits and practices that we acquire without knowing it? Are there ritual forces in our culture that we perhaps naively immerse ourselves in – and are thus formed by – that, when we consider them more closely, point at some ultimate end? Are there mundane routines that we participate in that, if we are attentive, function as thick practices aimed at a particular vision of the good life?”
— James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom

  • What practices are you regularly immersed in each week? How much time is spent doing different sorts of activities? (Name 3-4 things you do in a week and the time spent doing them).


  • What do you do with the first 2 hours of your day? How does that shape the rest of your day? How does this routine shape you?


  • What do you do with the last 2 hours of your day? How does this routine shape you? How might you “surrender” to God at the end of a day?


  • What activity do you feel incomplete without (however mundane…could be getting coffee or going on a walk)?  How does this activity shape your daily routine? How does it shape you?


  • Are there habits you go to when you feel sad, angry, lonely, or hurt? How do those habits shape you? Do they help you move toward God?


  • Think about the most potent practices in our culture (focus on practices, not mere beliefs). What are the cultural forces that you don’t want your heart shaped by? What are the liturgies that you do want to shape your desires? Why? If you have children, also answer what cultural forces you want your children’s hearts shaped by and those you do not.


  • Are there rituals in your day that encourage your anxiety, impatience, or distraction?


  • Are there liturgies and practices inherent to your job or vocation? What are they? How do you feel these shape you?


  • How do you see hints of Christian worship in your day? What rituals help you embrace God’s work in your day?


Some of these questions and ideas are taken or adapted from James K.A. Smith’s book, Desiring the Kingdom (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), page 84.