March 17, 2014

Thoughts on the Liturgical Moments I am the furthest thing from a liturgy expert. I'm a student. But some times, as C. S. Lewis once wrote, a student may be helpful to other students because he knows what it is like to not know what the teacher knows! I made these short videos (2-3 minutes each) to help fellow "students" to learn about certain moments in the liturgy. A true liturgist will know that these aren't formal names or moments; I am referring to parts of the service in informal ways. But I think this may help those of us from non-liturgical backgrounds to understand what we can gain from saying the Creed, confessing our sins, turning to each other, coming to the Table, and more. First, an overview of my forray into learning from the liturgy: _________________________ INVITATION: Calling Each Other To Worship (The "Sursum Corda" and the "Sanctus") Why do we gather with one another? What is the reason we turn to each other in worship? _________________________ PROCLAMATION: Remembering the Church Historic and Universal (The Nicene Creed) What connects us to the Church-- the people of God all around the world, and those who have gone before us? If our many church-specific statements of faith have built unnecessary walls between us, what can unite us? _________________________ INVOCATION: Inviting the Spirit God has turned His face toward us, ever and always, in Christ! So, what do we mean when we invite the Spirit to come in the midst of corporate worship? _________________________ CONFESSION: Acknowledging Our Need (Prayer of Confession) Why do we confess our sins? Are we trying to convince God to be merciful? Or is there something more beautiful at work? <p> </p> _________________________ EUCHARIST: Meeting Jesus at the Table (The "Memorial Acclamation") What is communion all about? Isn't it just a remembrance-- something...
How Many Minor Keys Are We Singing In? Why ask the question? I'm preparing a 90-minute seminar as part of doctoral work at Durham University (England) on the place of sadness in contemporary praise and worship. Needless to say, my project includes many facets of research on this topic. One aspect is to explore musical modes of contemporary praise and worship songs. Below is a chart on the relevant emotion of a particular musical structure. I have highlighted the lines that mention sadness. What list of songs is being used? Dr. Lester Ruth at Duke University began compiling a list of songs in 1994 that have appeared on the US Top 25 lists published by CCLI twice a year. As of February, 2014, Ruth has identified 104 unique songs that have been on the US Top 25 lists in the past 25 years (since CCLI began publishing such lists in 1989). What does it mean? We must be careful in saying too much about what this means. Not all "laments" are in minor keys, and not all songs in minor keys are "laments". A more detailed analysis of words and themes is necessary. (Dr. Lester Ruth has done an analysis of verbs; I will mention his findings in my project but not here for now.) How you can help Since none of the songs are technically in a minor key, I have created a range of categories for "minor motifs". I'd appreciate your help in going through the list and seeing which songs belong to which category. UPDATE: I'm working on making more precise notes to my Word Doc. Here are some new categories: “Minor Motif Scale” mm 1: verse or chorus begins or ends with minor chord mm 2: verse and chorus begin or end with minor chord mm 3: verse or chorus begins and ends with...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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