Introduction (printed) to choice of language (from St Martins in the fields)
We seek to use language in worship which reflects both what we believe about God and what we believe about each other – namely that all people are equal, and that God’s being embraces us all. We read from the NRSV which uses inclusive language in references to men and women wherever possible without altering passages that reflect the historical situation of ancient patriarchal culture. We make other minimal but symbolically important alterations to texts so as to reflect our commitment to an inclusive theology. In some liturgy we include texts which expand our vision of God beyond the tradition that is so heavily dominated by male imagery. We also recognise that there are much loved historical texts that should maintain their poetic integrity and so remain unaltered. These changes are part of a process of reflection and prayer that will continue as the usage and meaning of language evolves.
After a Bible reading
For the word of God in scripture,
for the word of God among us,
for the word of God within us,
We give thanks.