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Winfield Bevins on Liturgical Mission

One of the unique traditions God has given us at Trinity, is hosting Theology on the Bayou with a visiting author each fall. Nathan White in 2017, David Roseberry in 2018, Rod Dreher in 2019, and Gerald McDermott in 2021. Today I’m very glad to announce that Winfield Bevins will join us for Theology on the Bayou, on the morning of Saturday the 22nd of October! Winfield is an Anglican priest, a former church planter, and the Director of the Center for Church Multiplication at Asbury Theological Seminary. He will speak on his new book: Liturgical Mission  (copies available at church for $20).

In Liturgical Mission, Winfield counters the false dichotomy between liturgy and mission. In recent decades, we have often come to assume that churches can either worship with historic liturgy, or be passionate about mission and evangelism, but not both. This impression comes from the decline of the mainline churches, which often retained traditional forms of worship, but gave up on Biblical truth and therefore lost the motivation for mission and evangelism. Winfield helps us to put liturgy and mission back together again, showing how liturgy drives us to mission, and mission drives us to liturgy.

Our church is a case study for the combination of liturgy and mission. Every Sunday, we gather to celebrate a liturgy that draws upon the whole history of the church, to engage our whole being, body, mind, and soul. We kneel as we make our confession, sit as we listen to scripture and sermon, stand as we sing and lift our hands in praise, and walk to the altar to receive Christ in communion. And this liturgy makes us into missionaries, sending us to a needy and hurting world as vessels of God’s grace. We forgive our neighbors, because God has forgiven us. We share Biblical truth with our neighbors, because the Spirit has led us to truth. We love our neighbors, because our Father first loved us. We feed our neighbors, because we have fed on Christ. We invite everyone to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).

I encourage you to join us for this exciting event, and bring your family and friends! It will start at 9AM with morning prayer, and continue with Winfield’s presentation and small-group discussion. This year we will also have an available Children’s Class in the Family Center, with bible, song, art, and dance. Then we will enjoy lunch together, outside if the weather permits. Attendance is free, with a suggested donation of $20 per person or $50 per family. We do request that you register, so that we know how much food to prepare and how many children to expect. We’ve already received significant interest from folks outside the congregation, so it is possible that we will sell out. Register today!