The Summons

What are the correct words for a particular hymn tune? This question depends upon many things, including the faith tradition in which you were raised, the particular setting or liturgy in which a hymn text is used, or the hymn tune you remember singing when you went to church with your grandmother. Take the hymn tune Hyfrydol for example. The Methodists and Presbyterians sing “Come, thou long-expected Jesus” to this favorite tune, while the Baptists and some Presbyterians sing... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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The Great Litany

"Are we singing that thing in procession this Sunday?!” That thing would be The Great Litany, the oldest piece of extant original-English liturgy we have. Each week I receive numerous comments and questions about our liturgy and music, and I love this, as I know people in the pews are paying attention to what is going on. And truthfully, 99 percent of the comments I hear are wonderfully encouraging, positive and genuinely inquisitive. Knowing that the faithful... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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Full circle, it is

When you are on Facebook and you see that two of your friends also know each other, and you have no clue how or from where, do you ever feel as though your life is flashing before your eyes? Oprah calls these “full-circle moments.” Not being able to resist, I usually have to write a two-person private message that asks, “Okay, how to you two know each other?” My mother has said, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” There is some truth in... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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