All You Need

Love. All you need is love; love is all you need. I have decided to stick with love; hate is too great a burden to bear. Keep love in your heart: a life without it is like a sunless garden where the flowers are dead. Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. A new commandment I give you: love one another as I have loved you. Where there is love, there is life. When people love each other, they don’t look at each other… they look in the same direction.... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, January 25, 2016

Jesus, the Queen and Sir Edward Elgar

Jesus went to church regularly… well, synagogue actually. But according to the writer of the Gospel of Luke, he customarily went to synagogue on the Sabbath, “as was his custom” (Luke 14:16). As he was one of the men in the synagogue, Jesus was also a “lay reader” (Luke 14:17) reading from the Torah, which should please and validate lectors and lay readers everywhere.Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II also goes to church regularly. Most everyone knows  that I am professed Royal Family... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This Sunday: It's About Light

Worshipping in and planning music for the liturgical church tradition is rich to say the least. The liturgical worship tradition forces us to relive the events of Jesus’ life annually, which I believe is a good thing. If Jesus lived through it all, then so can we… including the Resurrection!   Yes, all Christian traditions observe the “biggies” (Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, etc.), but liturgical worship makes sure we do not miss all the others (Epiphany, Good Friday, Ascension, Transfig... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, January 11, 2016

Christmas to Epiphany: Jesus Grows Up Fast

The Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) is one of the seven principal feasts in the Book of Common Prayer, and it is one of only three fixed-date feasts in the Anglican tradition, occurring exactly 12 days after Christmas Day (December 25). This is how we get “the twelve days of Christmas” and “Twelfth Night” parties. Even Shakespeare had something to say about “Twelfth Night.”  Living into the Epiphany season, where we celebrate Jesus’ manifestation in the world, the First Sunday after th... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, January 5, 2016