Category: liturgy

Further thoughts on Confirmation

In my continuing series on the “Blue” Book for General Convention, I posted a bit yesterday about some resolutions related to Christian formation and education. A could of those resolutions deal with confirmation, so...

A pulpit for our time

If Forward Movement decided to sell liturgical furniture, this is the sort of thing we’d offer. A company called Little Mountain Productions is now selling the iPulpit. You guessed it. It’s a pulpit for...

Happy St. … Somebody’s Day

Sure, you might be wanting to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day today, to take part in the consumer holiday of choice. Here at 7WD headquarters, we are commemorating St. Cyril and St. Methodius, the saints...

Music for Candlemas

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, also known as Candlemas. The Nunc dimittis is the theme song for today. Enjoy. Here’s some lovely music from...

The Conversion of St. Paul

Back in 2004, Forward Movement published “Calendar of Saints” by David Veal. It’s a set of meditations on the lives of saints — a hagiography that doesn’t require a theology degree to enjoy. Alas,...

The lost art of preaching

Today the church remembers Phillips Brooks, famously rector of Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston and late bishop of Massachusetts. More than these things, he is remembered as a phenomenal preacher. Here’s a bit...

The story of Jonah

I love the story of Jonah, a tiny sliver of which pops up in tomorrow’s lectionary. Here’s some lovely art with panels that tell much of Jonah’s story. The artist is John August Swanson....

Of broken things in the church

Not long ago, a Facebook friend wrote that the General Ordination Exam is “the most idiotic thing” in the Episcopal Church. I disagree. Last year I wrote a blog post in which I asserted...

Epiphany Proclamation 2012

Happy Feast of the Epiphany! In my parish ministry, I always read the Epiphany Proclamation at our services on this day. It’s old fashioned, to be sure, but it nicely sets out the year...

Real priests do not wear billboards. Part I

When I was thinking about ordained ministry, the idea of wearing a clergy shirt was appealing to me. The attraction was not any perceived power, or the desire to have a piece of plastic...