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From Donald Schell, via the Episcopal Church Foundation's Vestry Papers/Vital Practices.

Martin Luther was convinced that Christian liturgy is meant to teach us. He may have picked that up from Orthodox Churches who also say the liturgy is the center of the church’s teaching work.

I’ve mentioned perfection a couple of times. Learning and graceful formation can’t happen if it’s impossible to risk a mistake. Perfectionism kills learning. A common example - some people avoid offering an explicit welcome to a stranger for fear of welcoming a regular who attends another service or perhaps offending someone who has been away for a while and expects to be recognized. Every time we take this small risk of possible embarrassment, we grow in our practice of attending to the needs of others.

Watch for more from Donald, via the CMT, in the coming weeks!