Arts in Worship: Sursum Corda


Today, I went on retreat to Launde Abbey – a space to reflect, be out of contact with the outside world and to re-establish communication with God. The theme for the days reflection centred around Martha preparing the meal for Jesus, and the story of Brother Lawrence finding ways to worship God as he washed dishes for his entire monastic life. I took my iPad, so I could respond in creative worship, and as I reflected on things happening in my life at the moment, I drew on this quote from Brother Lawrence:

Lift your heart to Him during your meals and in company, the least little remembrance will always be most pleasing to Him.

And from this quote from Edmund Morgan, a Welsh Anglican bishop:

… to overcome the temptation to love the praise of men more than the glory of God, your life must be a continual sursum corda; you must ever be groping, fighting, leaping Godwards…

‘Lift up your hearts’ – Latin: sursum corda – is the opening dialogue to the Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer. Rarely featured in Baptist tradition, it was a perfect illustration of what I took away with me from the retreat.

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One thought on “Arts in Worship: Sursum Corda

  1. Beautiful, Neil. I am so glad you were so blessed at the retreat. We often gain a lot from what other denominations can offer, even if it isn’t our preferred style of worship. Brother Lawrence worshipping as he washed the dishes reminds me of the Jewish tradition of praying a specific blessing for every mundane event of daily life. We need to remember that our faith should be earthy and real – rooted and grounded day to day, and not just for Sundays!


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