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Ode to a Hymnal

Posted by Jason, November 1, 2017

We want to sing what we believe, and believe what we sing. These words were issued by Ray Glover, General Editor of The Hymnal 1982, to members of the committee working to create that particular book.

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All You Need is Love

Posted by Jason, February 23, 2016

It’s a big election year and all the media and online chatter seems to be focused on who is best qualified to be our next leader. I won’t risk getting political here, but I am more than willing to boast that, as an Episcopalian, I am thrilled with our church’s leader – Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop. Recently, I had the good fortune to hear him speak at the National Press Club. He was there thanks to the generous invitation/work of Christ Church parishioner, Susan Hahn.

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A Slap on the Wrist or More?

Posted by Jason, January 20, 2016

One could easily be misled with the various news reports about what exactly happened at the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion last week. I’ve winced reading news reports that were inaccurate, and I know that many of us have questions about what all of this will mean for the Episcopal Church over the coming years.

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The Consecration of a New Chapel

Posted by Ann, October 14, 2015

What does it mean to consecrate something? At the Holy Table, the priest, along with the assent of the people, consecrates the bread and wine and after that somehow mysteriously they hold the presence of Jesus Christ where before they were merely Taylor Cream Sherry and paper-like wafers of bread. The priest is the presider, but it is God who does the actual transforming. Perhaps that is similar to consecrating the new Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary. The old chapel went up in flames five Octobers ago.

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Do You Know about the General Convention?

Posted by Chris, July 1, 2015

The Episcopal Church is in the midst of General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Episcopal Church gathers every three years to review and plan for the future of the church. Various committees will meet about various items from Liturgy to Faith Formation.

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Striving for Excellence

Posted by Jason, January 21, 2015

I have just returned from Chicago where I attended a conference hosted at St. James' Cathedral. The title of the conference was "Cultivating Excellence in Liturgy, Music, and Preaching: A Conference for Musicians and Clergy." This concept came from an inspiring sermon delivered by The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland, last summer as part of the annual conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. Bishop Sutton spoke of the need for the Episcopal Church to return to its identity of being known for its excellence at worship. He urged us to create a new three-legged stool for our church based on liturgy, music, and preaching. Strength in all three of these, not just one or two, but in all three, he believes, will stop our membership decline and help us reach more people with the great news of the Gospel of Jesus.

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