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Within these pages you will find tools and resources to enliven the music, liturgy, and preaching in your parish. We subscribe to the belief that worship is the first priority of the Church, and that imaginative, transforming worship leads a congregation toward effective discipleship and into mission, whether across the street or across the world. So, whether you are looking for an answer to a particular question, need a consultant to come to your parish or diocese, or want to take an online course in liturgy, this is the place for you.

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We are now at the beginning of the season of ADVENT. Advent opens the new “Church Year,” being the first of the liturgical seasons. This progression of seasons—Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter (concluding with the Day of Pentecost)—can be called “Sacred Time” because this is the telling of how our redemption through Jesus Christ…


Dear Ambrose

Dear Ambrose In times past Advent was thought of as a penitential season and sometimes called “a little Lent.”  We don’t see much of that anymore.  When and why did that change? Signed, Expectant Dear Expectant, For many of us, the answer to that question is immediately, “Yes, of course it is.”  And yet when we take…

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Designing Dynamic Liturgies

Beginning on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, the Stevenson School of Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, in partnership with Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, will offer an online class for clergy and musicians, Designing Dynamic Liturgies.  This ten week course will explore principles and best practices for creating vibrant and transforming liturgies.  Registration information will be…

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Dear Ambrose

Dear Ambrose: Over the years I have heard the terms “inclusive language” and “expansive language.” What is the difference? #mystified Dear Mystified:  The short answer is this:  Inclusive language refers to humanity and expansive language refers to God.  The School of Theology at Sewanee has published a pamphlet which states, “Our language often has built-in bias-es that exclude and harm some persons. When…

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Dear Ambrose

Dear Ambrose:  Is it OK to use Rite I service music at a Rite II service?             #Ilovewillan Dear #ILoveWillan: The short answer is “yes.” You probably already do this without noticing if you are using Rite II and saying the traditional language version of the Lord’s Prayer. You also probably use some hymns that use traditional…

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