Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Using Twitter for prayer and worship...from Bosco Peters at Liturgy that Works


Check out the Rev. Bosco Peters' post about using Twitter for prayer and worship, click HERE to see his whole post (also below)  from the blog "Worship that works."

You can also follow "Santos Woodcarving Popsicles" at Twitter by going to @santospopsicles, as well as my personal Twitter @petermcarey.  I've also started "tweeting" items about my new church @EmmanuelGreenwd

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey


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Twitter is a fast-growing “micro-blogging” site. A person places a post, a “tweet”, of up to 140 characters in length. This is displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). This very simple idea has developed with a plethora of online tools and applications. After playing around with it a little, I soon realised it is ideal for sharing short quotes from the liturgy as well as pointing to liturgical resources as well as picking up some of the other interactive conversations that ensue - even non-liturgical :-)

So you can follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/liturgy or in twitter parlance @liturgy

I am not alone in the realisation that twitter is ideal for “tweeting” short prayers and other church use. It has even been recommended by a cardinal. During Holy Week the Episcopalian church, Trinity Wall Street, realised the potential of twittering the passionfrom various twitter accounts.

One, fairly obvious, aside: within non-virtual communities there is always the danger of intercession degenerating into gossip. That is clearly magnified online.

There are a number of others who use twitter primarily for sharing liturgy or prayers. I note the following who fit this liturgical use of twitter, and if you are on twitter and fit this category or know others who do - please add this in a comment:

@liturgy
@TheUrbanAbbey
@TrinityWallSt
@twiturgy
@twitturgies
@prayinghours
@YourPrayerChain
@prayer4u
@chrysostominter
@prayingpsalms
@prayingpotp
@TrinityPrincetn
@EasternOrthodox
@kindlejoy

Finally, there is “Tweetgrid” of different twitter prayer feeds found athttp://www.prayerontwitter.net this Prayer on Twitter is “where an ancient Christian practice meets a new technology.”

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