Liturgy of the Ordinary - Tish Harrison Warren


Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes.”

Have you ever heard a sermon or a talk which has really inspired you to live for Christ? Have you left praising God with a passion to change the world?

Lost in the Ordinary

Then you get home.

You heat up leftovers, clean up, lose the car keys, argue with your housemate, clean your teeth, sleep, brush your hair, get stuck in traffic, work, eat, clean, teeth, sleep, hair, traffic, work…

Before long you’ve lost your passion. You’re not even thinking about Jesus any more. The gospel feels flat, hollow.

Why is it so hard to be in awe of Jesus in the ordinary rituals of life? Warren’s book gives a refreshing solution.

She shows how we can be reminded of the supernatural in very ordinary activities – just like how Jesus reminds us of his sacrifice through an ordinary meal of bread and wine (Matthew 26:26-28).

There’s power in ritual and repetition.

Life in the Ordinary

When you wake up, before you’ve achieved anything, why not reflect how you are loved and saved? When you look into the mirror, think about how incredible God's creation is.

When you lose your keys, get stuck in traffic or go to bed, use it as a reminder of how you aren’t in control of your life – but how safe we are following a God who is.

When you argue, let it remind you that you’re sinful. That your true, fallen self is most obvious to those who love you most.

When you sit down with a cup of tea and such a good book as this, remember to thank God that ‘every good and perfect gift is from above’ (James 1:17).

Type: Christian Living | Difficulty: Medium