Summer 2013 Theme: Hark the Glad Sound

Summer 2013 Theme: Hark the Glad Sound

Hark the Glad Sound: Inviting New and Returning Christians to Worship Reaching out with the Gospel to those who are not active members is a concern all Christian congregations share, even though they often use different words to describe it (evangelism, outreach, mission, church growth, hospitality). Throughout Christian history, creativity...
Martin Jean's welcome to the 2013 Summer Seminar participants

Martin Jean’s welcome to the 2013 Summer Seminar participants

Welcome to Yale and the Institute of Sacred Music! We have eagerly awaited your arrival and hope the coming week will be an inspiring and useful one to you and your ministries. We have spent some time preparing information and experiences that we think could be relevant for your work....
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Trinity Presbyterian in the Charlotte Observer

Trinity Presbyterian in the Charlotte Observer

Check out this article about Trinity Presbyterian and their participation in the Congregations Project in the Charlotte Observer:
Working with Dying Parishioners

Working with Dying Parishioners

It is a great privilege to be working closely with a great pastoral team from Lake Chelan Lutheran Church from Washington. They have been listening carefully to people in their church as well as to questions of the pastoral needs of people who care for the dying. Their project involves conceiving a book of ritual...
Sabbath for Staff

Sabbath for Staff

As I reflected on the sabbath conversations yesterday the one element that we didn’t talk very much about was sabbath for staff.  We talked about the contexts of parishes where the pace is unsustainable.  Yet what does that do to those who serve in these settings?  John’s story about sabbatical was very instructive for me....
How to make Origami Doves

How to make Origami Doves

In one of today’s plenary sessions, Trinity Presbyterian of Charlotte, NC described their liturgical arts day camp.  As part of their day camp activities, the children make origami doves.  For those of you who would like to view instructions on how to make your own origami doves, please see the instructional video.  Thank you to...
Visual: Year of Grace 2012

Visual: Year of Grace 2012

Here is a circular, visual liturgical calendar, produced new each year by LTP (a catholic publisher):
Resources for Liturgy and Ecology, from Teresa Berger

Resources for Liturgy and Ecology, from Teresa Berger

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Time like an ever rolling stream....

Time like an ever rolling stream….

This passage from Isaac Watts’ well-known paraphrase of psalm 90 reflects the perpetual forward momentum that distinctly characterizes the dimension of time. This stream however, is one that we are unable to dam or stop. We human beings are so often wrought with anxieties regarding a shortage of time, or perhaps wrought with a restless...
Great is thy faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness

It was 16 years ago yesterday, June 25, 1996, that I received the worst phone call in my life.  My sister, Frances, was dead.  It was an unexpected and tragic transition from this life to the next, and last night’s hymn festival made the past present in a most wonderful way.  I remember singing “There’s...
Keeping Time with Jesus

Keeping Time with Jesus

I must admit, I didn’t know quite what to expect yesterday morning, but I knew I already felt like a survivor.  I had made my way through a torrential downpour and dazzling lightning display to the Congregations Project opening session–tested by water and fire, just like the Israelites, I thought to myself.  What else lay...
Finding Our Rhythm

Finding Our Rhythm

We are constantly in motion. Our hearts are pumping steadily, moving blood throughout our veins and capillaries. Even at rest, we are in motion, our bodies carried with the daily revolution of the earth, itself navigating a celestial orbit around our sun. The universe, and all that is within it, is in motion, whether swift...
The Master Clock

The Master Clock

I always used to think time was a relative thing.  When I was running late in college, I figured I could easily just turn my watch back 5 minutes, and when my teacher would reprimand me, I could tell them their watch is 5 minutes fast.  Who’s to say one of us is right and...
Starting Our Time Together

Starting Our Time Together

When asked to participate in blogging, I said to myself “who has the time?” I’ve never blogged, and I never will! LOL! So here goes (I’ve already lost the first attempt by pressing the wrong button). I simply have to respond to the enormous inspiration I have received today from all of you and from...