Liturgy and Music

LITURGical Resources

Marriage and Civil Unions

At the 78th General Convention, which met in Salt Lake City from June 25 through July 3, 2015, two resolutions were adopted regarding marriage and blessing liturgies. Two new rites are authorized for trial use beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (November 29) 2015. They are The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage, and The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2. These rites are available for purchase from Church Publishing Inc. in a single volume titled “Liturgical Resources I Revised and Expanded:  I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing.” The rites are also available for free download in pdf format from Church Publishing and for free download in a Word document from the General Convention Office.

The Spanish-language version of the rites is available for free download in the format presented to General Convention.

MISSIONER FOR LITURGY AND THE ARTS

Dent Davidson is missioner for liturgy and the arts in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. He is available to consult with congregations seeking to enrich their liturgy and music ministry.

A professional church musician since his teens, Dent Davidson’s primary work is to unite voices in song with joy and passion. He travels frequently as a workshop clinician and consultant in music and worship, and currently serves on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church, and as music chaplain to the Episcopal House of Bishops.

MISSIONER FOR LITURGY AND THE ARTS

Dent Davidson is missioner for liturgy and the arts in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. He is available to consult with congregations seeking to enrich their liturgy and music ministry.

A professional church musician since his teens, Dent Davidson’s primary work is to unite voices in song with joy and passion. He travels frequently as a workshop clinician and consultant in music and worship, and currently serves on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church, and as music chaplain to the Episcopal House of Bishops.

With a degree in composition and vocal jazz, Dent enjoys widening the scope and variety of music sung and heard in worship, and spends much of his time composing and searching for new resources. His goal: To touch hearts by embracing the beauty of the Anglican Choral Tradition and expanding it. (In other words: a Church that swings!)

CONSULTATIONS

Dent is available to consult with worship committees and search committees and offers one-on-one sessions with clergy and musicians. He can share and trade resources and creative ideas about liturgy and music and help plan and lead hymn-sings and workshops for congregations/deaneries. For more information, contact Dent at 312.751.4216 or ddavidson@episcopalchicago.org.

Ideas for workshops/events:

  • Can these bones live?
    An exploration of ways in which hymn-singing in your congregation can be raised to new life by enlivening the hymns we already have, and expanding our repertoire.
  • The Leader of Song
    While the title “Organist/Choirmaster” is traditional, it is not a very good descriptor of our call as the leaders of song in any given congregation. Discover ways in which we can develop our leadership as teachers and presiders.
  • Introducing New Musical Materials
    Many congregations have little or no idea about the wealth of approved musical resources available. Explore a number of selections from this repertoire, and other resources.
  • The Art of Chant
    What are the differences between singing and chanting? What resources are available to chant the psalms? Learn ways to deepen the chant, and thus the prayer-life of your choir and congregation.
  • The Art of Presiding
    How often have we participated in worship where a Presider has been either distracted, sloppy or hyper-self-conscious? All of those attitudes transmit loud and clear to the congregation. Our job as Presiders is to know our place thoroughly, and to embody that space in a non-anxious, self-aware manner. In doing so, we become icons of prayer for the congregation. (this is true for clergy AND musicians)
  • The Art of Lay Reading
    When we hear the old, old story, we need to be HEAR it! Lay Readers have an important responsibility to learn the readings well before Sunday, so that the word has a chance to inspire us. Simple recitation doesn’t grow the Church, nor will it prompt anybody in the pew to tithe! Come develop your ability to TELL the story.
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