Blog

blogmainhdr.jpg

Kids of Note: Making a Joyful Noise

Posted by Jason, October 6, 2015

Several years ago, Jason and the Christ Church choir made a commitment. Instead of using the offering from Lessons & Carols for the church music program, they wanted to donate it to support young musicians. That led to a partnership with Mt. Vernon Woods Elementary School, where parishioner Kristi Thomas directed a band that included every fifth and sixth grader. 

continue reading...

 

Chicken Tenders and Jesus

Posted by Jason, August 26, 2015

Those who know me well know that I’m not a “foodie.” As a friend of mine put it, “I eat to live, I don’t live to eat.” Given a choice of any type of food at any price, I’d likely always choose bar-b-q or Mexican food. Fancy food is wasted on me. So, it should not come as a surprise that I find myself drawn to particular fast food chains.

continue reading...

 

Omnipresence

Posted by Jason, July 22, 2015

Like most of you, I was fascinated with the spacecraft “fly-by” last week of Pluto. Amazing to be looking at something so clear which the human eye had never seen before. Equally remarkable is the fact that it was only 112 years ago that the Wright brothers developed the airplane. That’s a big jump from just getting something off of the ground to sending something flying to the furthest point in our solar system in just over a century.

continue reading...

 

God of our silent tears

Posted by Jason, June 24, 2015

Last week, I attended the annual convention of the Association of Anglican Musicians. As many of you know, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year – getting new ideas from my colleagues and friends and experiencing truly transformational worship. The singing is always unlike anything I’ve ever heard anywhere. On Thursday, the mood was a bit subdued as we were all shocked and horrified at the events that took place in Charleston on Wednesday evening. In the quiet before our closing Eucharist, I opened the hymnal and read the marvelous words to hymn #599 with fresh eyes.

continue reading...

 

Keeping the Faith

Posted by Jason, May 13, 2015

We have lots of paintings and sketches of Christ Church all over our campus. I'm not sure any of them really tell the full story. If I were creating one, I'd be sure to include a number of people in our courtyard, including many who are struggling to meet their day to day needs. I heard a preacher recently say that if your church doesn't have beggars, it's not a church, it's a museum.

continue reading...

 

And just where do you think you’re going?!

Posted by Jason, April 29, 2015

On Monday evening, I attended a master class taught by Olivier Latry, the principal organist at Notre Dame in Paris. As one of the students was playing, he kept asking her “Where are you going?”

continue reading...

 

An Awkward Conversation

Posted by Jason, March 13, 2015

I recently attended a house party as the guest of a friend. I didn’t know anyone at the party other than the friend who took me. At one point, my friend went to find the bathroom, and I was hovering around the edge of the room when a guy approached and introduced himself to me. Within no time, the standard Washington DC introductory question was asked, “What do you do?” Now, a good friend and colleague of mine once told me that he tells people that he’s an electrician when someone asks because it doesn’t usually involve any follow-up questions. That being said, I was honest and said that I was the musician for an Episcopal church.

continue reading...

 

For the means of grace, and for the hope of glory

Posted by Jason, March 4, 2015

One of my favorite prayers found in The Book of Common Prayer is one that we pray at Evensong. It is known as The General Thanksgiving. The poetic language moves me at each recitation.

continue reading...

 

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.

continue reading...

 

A Little Advent Music

Posted by Jason, December 10, 2014

One of the many musical highlights for me each Advent is when I get the opportunity to play the three chorale preludes that Johann Sebastian Bach composed based on the tune Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (the tune that we know to Savior of the nations, come! Hymn #54 in The Hymnal 1982).

continue reading...

 
login