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Caroling Thanks

Posted by Jason, January 1, 2014

At the conclusion of the 10:30 service on Christmas Eve, I noticed a gentleman hanging around upstairs by the console as I finished the postlude. I sat down to switch from my organ shoes to my regular shoes while I noticed him apprehensively approach me a few times, and then walk away. 

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Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding

Posted by Jason, December 4, 2013

It would not bother me at all if Advent lasted significantly longer that it presently does. A friend and colleague asked me last week if I was ever able to really do the music I want during Advent. I told him that I didn’t because of the time crunch in preparing for Christmas, the reality that many choir members are gone during the month of December, preparing for Lessons and Carols, etc. He stated that he felt exactly the same way.

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Baptism, (Christening), and Confirmation

Posted by Heather, October 24, 2013

I was baptized when I was about six months old. I don’t remember it, obviously, but I have heard the stories. Somewhere, there is an old reel to reel audiotape of the service where I was (apparently) screaming my little head off. I do, however, remember my confirmation service well. I was a senior in high school and was confirmed by the Bishop in the very small chapel at my school. The cross I wear every day was given to me by my grandparents on that day.

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Till Death Do Us Part

Posted by Jason, May 22, 2013

I recently was having dinner with a group of friends and the conversation turned to what we had all done at work that day. I mentioned that I played a funeral in the morning before getting on with other normal routines of work. Suddenly I was being peppered with questions – “Do you find it difficult to play for a funeral?” “Isn’t that depressing?” “Do you see the body?” “What are funerals like at your church?”

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The Beauty of Holiness

Posted by Jason, February 27, 2013

My friend and colleague, Michael Smith (organist-choirmaster at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA) recently wrote the following article for his church’s newsletter. I was inspired by his article. I have removed the section where he writes of the architecture of his parish, because it is quite different from our own. Nevertheless, I concur about the need for our liturgy to be true to its environment.  I commend it to you to read as we ponder what we do, and why we do it, in worship. And, I extend thanks to Michael for allowing me to share this.

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The Ashes To Go Experience

Posted by Heather, February 15, 2013

My first interest in Ashes to Go was because I knew the priest, the Rev. Emily Mellot, who was developing the program. She was from the Diocese of Chicago and was a student at Church Divinity School of the Pacific when David was on faculty there. I figured that if Emily was doing it, it was worth a second look. Then while we were attending St. George’s in Arlington, before I came on staff here at Christ Church, I suggested it to the rector there. St. George’s is one very short block away from the Virginia stop on the Orange line. They did not do it that year, but in 2012 St. George’s had a team at their metro stop. Their experience was great and some who encountered the Ashes to Go team at the metro joined them for the full Ash Wednesday worship experience that evening. Based on their experience and our interest at Christ Church to be more visible out in the community (beyond our fence banners!), it seemed that 2013 was the year for us to offer Ashes to Go.

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Excited to sing for Advent

Posted by Jason, November 28, 2012

I don’t know why some people give Advent a bad rap. I’ve listened to people complain about having to sing “those boring Advent hymns, almost always in a minor key” for years. Seriously?

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