Posts Tagged: Katherine Will

Worship is not a spectator sport

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By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship As I sat in a pew recently for worship, I had a thought about the difference between attending worship and attending a sporting event or other type of entertainment.  We treasure tickets on the fifty yard line or at center court, so that we can be close… Read more »

Icon of Our Lady represents sacred form of the Word

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By Katherine Will Director of Music & Worship Icons have been a part of worship from nearly the beginning of Christianity, especially in the Orthodox Church. Considered a form of the Word and a view into heaven, there is a symbolic aspect to almost everything included within the image, as well asthe colors used. Even… Read more »

From the Music Room: Worship and Music

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By Katherine Will  “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3) Spring and summer are my favorite times of year. I love the flowers blooming in my garden, the warmth of the sun, and those few stolen moments sleeping on the beach.  But for those… Read more »

Ministry through music here at Grace

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By Katherine Will One of the keys to our worship as Episcopalians is the understanding that our liturgy functions on many levels of awareness. There is an intellectual component as we study Scripture. There is an emotional component as we express our love, sorrow, repentance, and all the other feelings that find their place in… Read more »

We are called to serve

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By Katherine Will Music and Worship Coordinator We at Grace are a people called to serve and we do it with an assortment of gifts in a variety of ways.  One of those ways is by assisting in our liturgy each week, either as a Lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, an Acolyte, an Intercessor, or… Read more »

Keeping Lent

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By Katherine Will Music and Worship Coordinator “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (Ash Wednesday Liturgy, BCP pg. 265). This winter, several of us in the… Read more »

Advent: Light in the Midst of Growing Darkness

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By Kathy Will Music and Worship Coordinator We begin our church year with Advent, a season of preparing for Christmas and at the same time looking toward the Second Coming of Christ. The liturgical color of blue we use in our altar vestments symbolizes the hope and waiting that is expressed in many of the… Read more »

Reverence: Joy and Respect

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By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship Worship in an Episcopal church is unlike most activities we encounter in our everyday life. While a participatory activity, there is a different sense of inspiration and spirituality than we might encounter at a baseball or football game. Our liturgy is designed to help us encounter God… Read more »

Hymn tunes

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By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship You may have noticed for the past month or so, some additional information in your bulletin: a name in parentheses after each hymn title. This is the tune “name,” or a way to identify a particular melody.   From the 17th century on, as hymn singing by the… Read more »