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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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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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Chanting the Psalms is a practice that goes back thousands of years, to the time of ancient Israel. Speaking the Psalms is actually an anomaly, because Psalms are meant for singing. For some worshippers, however, singing the Psalms is a strange and daunting practice.  The Rev. Dr. William Bradley Roberts, Professor of Church Music, talks…


Recruiting New Choir Members

In the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross, a senior stockbroker drills his mantra into his charges: A-B-C: Always Be Closing!  True story: A colleague once told me that they used to have a chorister program, but all the kids grew out of it.  A-B-R: Always Be Recruiting. Recruiting is a lifestyle; it’s a state of…

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