The Diocese of Tennessee will host its fourth annual Blessing of Liturgical Ministries on March 29, 2014.
This is an occasion for the Diocese of Tennessee to come together to celebrate the work of all those whose dedicated ministry is reflected in the worship of our congregations. Whether you are an Acolyte, Acolyte Chair, Altar Guild Member, Choir Member, Clergy, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Lector, Sacristan, Usher, or Verger, there is something for everyone.
This year there are two additions to the Blessing service and the presentations, which have not been done in past years.
Choir members are invited to participate in the service by vesting in whatever attire they wear at their home parishes, and joining together to sing an Offertory Anthem, Hymn 469, “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy.”
Additionally, there will be two presentations for choir members, organists/music directors, and all others who are interested in music, as Gerry Senechal, of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville will provide an introduction to Anglican Chant and simplified Anglican Chant. This will be a fantastic intro that will help choir members and music directors reflect on ways that they might bring this treasure of Anglican worship into their congregations. For those who already enjoy Anglican Chant in their services, it will serve as a good refresher on how to read chant, and prepare texts.
Prayer Book Theology
Another new session that we hope will be come a staple of the Blessing of Liturgical Ministries, is a discussion of an aspect of the theology of the Book of Common Prayer. This year we will hear from The Rev. Canon James F. Turrell, professor of liturgics at the University of the South, School of Theology. Dr. Turrell will present on the Baptismal theology and understanding of initiation found in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
In addition to these new offerings, we will continue to have presentations for all the ministries listed above.
Mark your calendars for March 29th. And better yet, go ahead and register!