As the writer of the article below indicates, the oft observed form of ecumenical prayer between various churches tends towards a ‘lowest common denominator’ format that doesn’t reflect any form of liturgy from any of the various churches who are taking part but one which seems to be a negotiated “middle course” that people can ‘live with’. Having been involved or responsible from time to time for the development of such events I have struggled with them because they have always struck me as inauthentic and sadly lacking the ritual/liturgical integrity that exist within the normative liturgical services of any of the churches.
To that end, I found the content of the article below which reminds us that there is another way – the attending and participation in the liturgical worship of other Christian churches. This is, perhaps, another way in which ecumenical worship could be observed, not with a negotiated ‘lowest common denominator’ event, but by individual churches taking the chance to host other churches and offer the fullness of their own liturgical worship to their Christian brothers and sisters. There is something powerful in the exploration in the fullness of the liturgical tradition of each other, which can prompt reflection and conversation, which in turn can foster closer relationships between a scandalously separated Christian Church.