The organ is ready to be played, but the organist is not there

The final cosmetic touches in our beautifully refurbished Nave will be finished this week, including the complete cleaning, reassembling, and re-tuning of our Wicks organ, which has been encased in plastic since June 2019. Meanwhile, the organist is working from home.  Everything in my being wants to "run down to the church to practice," as has been my Saturday afternoon routine for decades in my life. But then the terms COVID-19, social distancing, physical distancing, and s... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Interesting times

In a normal, regular week, this blog might be about Sunday's Gospel reading and how our hymns and anthem enlighten the reading. A few weeks ago, I wrote about favorite Bible verses and mentioned the shortest verse in the Bible, "Jesus wept," which actually shows up in this Sunday's Gospel reading. Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus, after which he called, "Lazarus, come out!" Lazarus walked out of his tomb, a foreshadowing of Jesus' own Resurrection on Easter... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Light for the blind

The Gospel lessons during the Lenten season are usually noticeably longer, but the readings for this Sunday and last are among the most significant readings of all in the Bible. The story of the woman at the well was this past Sunday and is a personal favorite of mine. There are so many facets of this encounter between the Samaritan women and Jesus. Jesus, a Jew, asks a Samaritan for a drink of water: not proper, as we say in the south. Jesus then told her to go and get her husband. When sh... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, March 16, 2020

The Old Days

Do any seasoned Episcopalians out there in Blogland still remember the old Morning Prayer days? As some friends will remember, I migrated into the Episcopal Church during my grad school days, after Book of Common Prayer revision in 1979 and during the introduction of The Hymnal 1982 in 1985. Even in the mid-1980's, I would occasionally hear from parishioners, "Why do we no longer regularly sing the old Venite or the Jubilate? For about the first 175 years of the Anglicanism in thi... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The most familiar verse in the Bible

What is the most familiar verse in the Holy Bible? What is your favorite Bible verse? Both are loaded questions, I know. And every Christian will have a different answer. We all know the shortest verse in the Bible. Jesus wept. (John 11:35) For the most familiar and favorite, many will answer with a verse from this Sunday’s appointed Gospel reading: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, March 2, 2020