Author(s): Douglas McKelvey; Ned Bustard (Illustrator)
EVERY MOMENT HOLY is a book of liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life--liturgies such as "A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends" or "A Liturgy for Laundering" or "A Liturgy for the First Hearthfire of the Season." These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose even when, especially when, we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice.
In Every Moment Holy you will find over 100 liturgies for use in a number of different ways. Some are meant to be read by a “Leader” and the “People,” as in a traditional liturgical service or responsive reading. Others are intended for personal use, either read silently or aloud. And still others may contain multiple speaking parts for use in a group (such as the members of a wedding party).
However, none of these formats should be considered rigid. One might choose to split up a personal liturgy (such as “A Liturgy for Those Who Weep Without Knowing Why”) to be read in parts by a group for whom the subject is applicable. And likewise, those liturgies written for a “Leader” and “People” may be of equal value to the lone reader.
Some prayers are written with the intent of daily or routine recitation, and others are for use on special, memorable, difficult, or even tragic occasions. The prayers included in the “Liturgies of the Moment” section are designed for memorization so that they can be recalled at need.
An index is provided in the back of the book to allow the user to more easily locate liturgies for particular occasions or needs.
It’s hoped that the liturgies in this book, no matter how they are used, will serve as prayers to encourage readers in practicing mindfulness of the constant presence of God and draw them toward greater recognition of the eternal echoes resounding in every moment of our lives.
DOUGLAS KAINE MCKELVEY grew up in East Texas and moved to Nashville in 1991 to participate in the early work of Charlie Peacock’s Art House Foundation, an organization dedicated to a shared exploration of faith and the arts. In the decades since, he has worked as an author, song lyricist, scriptwriter, and video director. He has penned more than 350 lyrics recorded by a variety of artists including Switchfoot, Kenny Rogers, Sanctus Real, and Jason Gray. He and his wife Lise have three grown daughters and two sons-in-law. Douglas has served for the last four years as the sexton at St. John’s Anglican Church in Franklin, Tennessee.