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By Craig Mueller

Any physique there? we may possibly ask yourself as we watch humans interact with their shrewdpermanent telephones whereas being oblivious to what's happening round them. Anybody there? is the query dealing with the church because it wrestles with declining spiritual association. Craig Mueller considers this modern context, and gives a reaction dependent in an incarnational spirituality accentuating the physique and discovering expression in company, multisensory liturgy.

Mueller creatively weaves jointly issues from our electronic lives with own and congregational tales and theological, liturgical, and non secular reflections. options resembling virtuality, the analog, 24/7 connectivity, entry, layout, and GPS are juxtaposed with topics of embodiment, mortality, sabbath, secret, attractiveness, and vocation.

Drawing on his event as a pastor to millennials, his stories in liturgical theology, and his paintings at the results of know-how on everyday life, Mueller proposes that company worship is an antidote to the distraction, fragmentation, and non secular starvation in society at the present time. As people proceed to merge with machines, participation within the Sunday liturgy reminds us of what it capability to be human: a deeper connection to bodies and the earth and a transparent feel of function and project for our daily lives.

"Pastor Mueller attracts us anew into the secret and materiality of Christian religion because it is embodied and enacted in observe and Sacrament worship. . . . Pastors, seminarians, and laypersons will locate right here not just a primer and refresher at the embodied styles and practices of liturgy, yet a compelling photo of its that means in our more and more disembodied, electronic tradition. Mueller's reflections on existence and liturgy are witty and clever, own and pastoral." 
--Susan Briehl, editor and contributor, On Our Way

"This is among the top within bills i have learn of the knowledge and practices on the middle of a flourishing congregation. during this stylish and functional publication Pastor Mueller translates the guarantees and dilemmas of the digital period as invites right into a profound spirituality of the physique in worship and everyday life. examine and savour this compelling imaginative and prescient of what it ability to be alive on the earth today!"
--Benjamin M. Stewart, The Lutheran college of Theology at Chicago

Craig Mueller (DMin) has served as pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago due to the fact that 1999. additionally, he's a liturgical author and workshop presenter, and offers management for the religious formation software on the Lutheran university of Theology at Chicago. His guides comprise Soli Deo Gloria: Choir Devotions for yr A (2010).

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