God moves in a mysterious way

Last Monday I had not one idea about what to explore in this blog this week. After Tuesday afternoon service leaflet editing, and after Wednesday evening choir rehearsals, I now know exactly what is on my mind this week. Last Sunday morning's 10:30 service music was our normal fare of the grand Anglican via media mixture of music: a Hispanic carol, a contemporary American psalm, Bach and Buxtehude at the organ, Rutter’s arrangement of “Lord of the Dance,” five hymns, a... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dance, then, wherever you may be

For the first time this choir season, the CHC Choristers will join the Parish Choir to sing for the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday, September 23. The choirs will sing a John Rutter setting of “Lord of the Dance,” the tune for which many worshipers will recognize as the “Shaker Hymn” or “Shaker melody.” It is usually associated with the text “'Tis the gift to be simple.” The tune was written in the early 19th Century by Josep... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Picnic Church

This Sunday (September 16) is “Picnic Church,” Church of the Holy Communion’s annual outdoor Sunday morning 10:30 service, followed by “Dinner on the Grounds,” as we used to say in Southern country churches. I began calling this Sunday “Picnic Church” some years ago, and the title appears to have stuck with some parishioners and staff members, bless our hearts. The 8 a.m. service remains unchanged in Quilling Memorial Chapel because, well,... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, September 10, 2018

The Faithful Church

In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus is healing again. He does that quite often, you know. After our six Sundays of lectionary readings in which Jesus tells us that he “is the Bread of the world,” this Sunday’s wonderful stories of the little girl being delivered from a demon and the healing of a deaf and mute man are exciting moments of scripture. “Ephphatha!” That is, “Be opened!” What a great word, yes? In both our 10:30 and 5:30 liturgies ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, September 6, 2018