Deacon leadership in Prayers of the People

At this point, over my ecclesial career Deacons have been bookends:  a Deacon was a regular Sunday liturgical leader in the first parish I served (very large, 2 deacons) for 5 years, and a Deacon was an almost weekly liturgical leader in my first interim ministry in 2014 (my current ministry again  does not include…

From Advent 3, 2013: Joy Released!

Advent 3, 2013 – Joy Released! The Rev Robert G Eaton Isaiah 35:1-10 Psalm 146:4-9 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11   Why are you here today? Surely there are some different answers, Could it be, _nice place__., ___good people__, good music, or __great snacks after the service_? Would it, though, be safe to say you are…

Lord, You have my heart

As the close to a sermon during Easter season, I performed and sang this Lenny LeBlanc song, “Lord, You have my heart”, which could easily become an Introit or “Gathering song” sung by the entire congregation.   Very powerful for entering into an attitude of worship.

Rectoring as distinct from Pastoring

Rectoring as the overall goal, function or operational principle, and Pastoring as part of what Rectors do. In The Episcopal Church in the United States of America — using “in the USA” to show that there is a distinction from the Episcopal Church of Scotland, and the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, and others with…

Easy choir – God Bless Ye

An Easy choir anthem as I forayed into combining choir with bell choir.   Again, as described in the “Easy Choir – And His Name” post below, the objective is for a small church choir to have success in presenting a piece of music in worship.  This piece will demand at least 2 or 3…

Easy Choir – And His Name Was Emmanuel

I have written several choir pieces over the years with a small church choir in mind, for choir members who love to sing, and may or may not have had any formal training or previous large choir experience, the objective being the ability to prepare and perform an anthem and be successful at it!  …