Friday, November 2, 2018

Last night I marked All Saints' Day by attending Thursday Night Live (TNL). It was an interesting service. TNL is striving to be intergenerational. Sermons should address the entire congregation, but also feed those who are younger. The music is piano and often unaccompanied. Given the occasion, we had a baptism in the chapel - an occasion when children were invited to come nearer and watch the moment. And during the Great Thanksgiving, the names of those whose passing was especially was significant to members of the congregation were read out. There were even little electric candles, which by the end of the Eucharistic prayer were sparkling all over the altar.

It was a fabulous service. There is a sense that this service is probably the one that replicates most closely a successful family service in a parish. And it is done so well. It is imaginative, compelling, and attractive. Worship is made possible. Families can be present.

I was grateful to our Associate Dean of Chapel, the Rev. Dr. Ruthanna Hooke, who was the preacher and celebrant yesterday. And I was grateful to the group of students who are imaginatively putting together a liturgy that really is worship and, at the same time, models a fabulous intergenerational service. The service was a learning for me; for this I am grateful.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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