During Offertory on Sunday, listen to Christ's beatific words

The Beatitudes. What beautiful words for private, personal meditation. What beautiful words for any sermon. (Jesus’ blessings as stated in the Sermon on the Mount, the “original” sermon.) And what beautiful words for musical settings. As I have previously stated in this blog, I find myself on lifelong searches, “causes” if you will, for worthy musical settings of various scripture passages that reoccur in our lectionary. I have been on a perpetual “Mu... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"They cast their nets" penned by Delta luminary, William Alexander Percy

The richness of our three-year lectionary cycle of Scripture readings brings our faith and worship practices to life by helping us relive the events in the life of Jesus each year. Moreover, if we read the lessons for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer and attend Sunday Eucharist each week, over the three years, we will have read the entire Holy Bible. Personally, I have never attempted this feat, nor do I know many Episcopalians who have. However, the opportunity and challenge is there. ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Treasured texts shine through all time for brevity, spot-on succinctness

Episcopalians are, if nothing, a people of words. Words matter. Texts are important, as we are reminded by one of favorite Collects of the Day (Proper 28) in the Book of Common Prayer: “Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life.” If The Hymnal 1982 is still “the new hymnal” to many of... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The "Thirteenth Day of Christmas"

Of all the feast days, saints days and festivals of the Christian year, a few stand out and are immediately identifiable. I am not certain that most Episcopalians could quickly name the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (June 29, and I had to look that up), but most everyone can tag the Feast of the Epiphany, or Day of Epiphany, or The Epiphany on January 6, twelve days after Christmas. Here in the parish office we have a most tasteful piece of clip art that we have used on various servic... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, January 4, 2017