The Diocese of Tennessee will host the fifth annual Blessing of Liturgical Ministries on April 11, 2015.
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, Altar Guild Member, Choir Member, Clergy, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Lector, or Verger & Thurifer, or you’re generally interested in the theology at the heart of our worship, there is something for everyone.
This will be the second year in a row that we will have sessions for Choir Members, and on Prayer Book Theology.
Prayer Book Theology
Building on the standard set last year in Dr. James Turrell’s presentation on the rites of initiation in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, this year our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt will present on the theology of Baptism and Eucharist found in the Book of Common Prayer.
In addition to these offerings, we will continue to have presentations for:
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
Additionally, there will be two presentations for choir members, organists/music directors, and all others who are interested in music led by Nancy Reiser and Gerry Senechal, of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville.
Robert Smith from St. Bartholomew’s Church will once again lead the sessions for Eucharistic Visitors. Whether you participate in this ministry, or you’re interesting in learning more about the role of the Eucharistic Visitor before getting involved at your parish, coming together in these sessions will be both informative and encouraging.
Fr. Jody Howard from St. Joseph of Arimathea, Hendersonville, will lead the sessions for Eucharistic Ministers. After a brief overview of the history of this ministry, and it’s relationship to the ministry of Eucharistic Visitors, the majority of the time will be spent discussing the practicalities of administering the chalice, and discussing the ways in which Eucharistic Ministers can remove obstacles for worshipers, and help ensure that worship is accessible.
In our two Lector sessions, led by Dr. Jerry Snare of Christ Church Cathedral, and Fr. John Bender of the Church of Our Savior, Gallatin, readers will learn about liturgical reading, and practice techniques to make the scripture audible and clear for people in their parishes.
Look in this area for updates on the sessions that will be offered for Acolytes, Vergers/Thurifers, and Altar Guilds!
Mark your calendars for April 11th. And better yet, go ahead and register…