MEETINGS and REPORTS
Subject: % Nov. 18 Worship Committee mtg canceled
Dear wonderful Worship Committee members --
We've had three productive and enjoyable Sunday
meetings since our committee was formed, but finding a time during the
week in the Thanksgiving and Advent season has proved difficult, so we
will not meet until next year when the Committee's ideas about Lenten themes
will be welcomed. I understand few responded to the notice/poll for meeting
tomorrow, Nov. 18, from the office, which, it was decided, should handle
our communications. I apologize for this late notice of cancellation from
me, but I wanted to be sure everyone was informed. Future communications
will come through the office.
Thank you so very much for the pleasure of working
with you since July to enhance the worship experiences at the Cathedral
as we give ourselves in service to the future with God's grace.
A Blessed Thanksgiving!
Next Meeting Agenda DRAFT
not sent because the office
was designated for Committee communications
Nov 18 Sat 10-11:30?
When we met last, we told each other about our favorite
spots in the Cathedral. At this meeting, let's tell each other about our
favorite "spots" in the liturgical year. Having discussed various items
on our list of Possible Projects and Routines, we may now be ready to prioritize
them in categories of (a) Discussion needed (a) Ready to Recommend, (b)
Discussion needed, or (c) Long-term considersations. How we proceed especially
with the Vestry's Strategic Plan involving a variety of worship styles/experiences
and -- as we have discussed -- the Sunday 5 pm service or alternate --
may be one of the big items meriting considerable exchange among us as
a committee and the congregation.
We likely will not meet during Advent. The January
meeting is scheduled to be devoted to planning Lent.
WORSHIP PREVIEWS. Some of us may be working on a
contribution to our weekly efforts to highlight some aspect of the worship
experience in the Saturday eBlast. I've learned that these items are being
suspended because of the annual pledge campaign, and the liturgical calendar
may mean that these may not resume until next year. So far, we've had contributions
on a window in the nave, the altar guild, the meaning of worship, hymns,
chants, a Gospel passage, the BCP, and the idea of beauty in Episcopal
worship (Brian McLaren).
At the Ministry Fair,
a suprising number of people stopped by the Worship Committee Table and
volunteered that they appreciated these brief Saturday previews.
Here are some other topics
that might be helpful when the series resumes: What is a collect? / Observing
the Peace / Pauses in the Prayers of the People / Why is the Confession
phrased in the plural? / What are the various creeds and when do we use
them? / What is the history of the Collect for Purity and our use of it
at GHTC? / possible topics are endless!
COMMITTEE CHAIR. The Senior Warden asked me to get
the Worship Committe started, and my commitment was for six months, with
our first meeting July 2. The regular procedure is for the Dean to select
the committee chair.
Sept 17 Sunday 6-8 pm, Common Room
1. Grace at Meals, BCP 835
2. Light meal
3. Personal reflections--
spots in the nave (with gallery), chancel, and chapel
4. Prioritizing projects including
visible should the Committee be in its work (item by item)?
Before our meeting, please review this list.
Send me additions for tiny, middle, and huge projects you would like to
see added that fit within our job description and I'll get them on the
webpage and also in the final agenda.
a. How would
you word or reword your top three items?
b. What points
of view might we find about these items within the congregation?
c. What information,
resources, and coordination might be required?
d. How could
we arrange them within a sequence with others that would be most productive?
5a. Report from the Vestry
5b. Reports-- Being helpful
per our Job Description, a portion of which in #3 says "Specifically,
with the Dean, Music Director, and others, help plan seasonal liturgies."
from Dean Peter
from Music Director Paul
6a. Additions to the agenda
6b. Budget proposals for
7. Set date/time for next
mtg -- Oct ??
8. Reflections on the meeting
9. Concluding prayer BCP
170806 Meeting Agenda
2017 Aug 6 Sunday 11:45 -
1. Opening prayer Psalm 150
2. Personal reflections in
Adult Coord. Marco
Morgan, Newcomer Team
4. Forwarding our draft job
description to the Vestry
6. Additions to the agenda
7. Set date/time for next
17 Sun 6 pm after Choral Evensong?
8. Reflections on the meeting
9. Concluding prayer BCP
Our 2017 Aug 6 meeting
After praying Psalm 150,
we broke into four small groups, respectively considering the meaning of
a stole, a candlestick holder, the BCP, and the Hymnal; and when the whole
group reconvened, we shared thoughts about our experiences.
We welcomed Canon "REVelyn"
briefly; and Music Director Paul and Young Adult Coordinator Marco; and
guest Chris Morgan, head of the Newcomer Committee, who later commended
items 4, 13, 3, and 1 of our Possible Projects.
We discussed and amended
the Committee's draft job description
and voted unanimously to forward it to the Vestry.
Our website was mentioned,
particularly the notes for the Digital Bulletin in the Archive
section and the Pending material.
We decided to meet next
for a light meal 6-8 pm Sept 17 following Choral Evensong.
on the meeting, we ended with BCP prayer, page 836:1,3,6.
Thanks to Mark, Matt,
John, Peter, Sharon, and the church staff who helped with the "props" for
our time together.
Background for an August, 2017, report
to the Vestry--
A SUMMARY OF WORSHIP COMMITTEE ACTIVITY
2017 JULY 2 TO THE PRESENT
Specifically concerning the Strategic
Plan 2017 initiative--
(a) We have
formed a Worship Committee with the Dean, other staff, and lay members.
(b) We recognize
a variety of perspectives and needs, and are learning to understand them
as exemplified by the members of the Committee. By building spirit through
team exercises before formal research within the entire congregation is
attempted, we want to provide assurance and to gain expertise, working
with and/or supporting all involved in our worship practices.
As an initial way of building confidence
and skill, the committee has --
that we welcome anyone who wishes to join,
a job description in light of the Strategic Plan
a weekly enrichment to the worship services for those interested, and
enumerating short, medium, and long-term possible projects..
are archived and updated on an indexed web site, ( This can
be accessed by entering www.cres.org/g which forwards to http://www.cres.org/GHTC/
Note.-- I do not think it is appropriate
at this time to survey the congregation. Before launching an activity that
might generate a sense of instability, since the Committee is new, the
Committee first needs (1) to gain more experience working together, (2)
to prioritize and complete small perfections, and (3) to earn its place
in the Cathedral structure. I realize "research" is part of the initiative
for 2017, and informal research is happening! (I've been surprised by how
many people have sought me out in my new capacity as chair, even though
the Committee is barely visible in the wider congregation.) I think Committee
members -- certainly including me -- need more time on the "learning curve"
before we attempt formal surveys or other measures of congregational appreciations
and desires. Worshiping God, celebrating His grace, brings us together,
and is a distinctive witness to the City of His love. We want to proceed
in the most inclusive and effective ways toward the Goal.set forth in the
170702 Meeting Agenda
Cathedral Worship Committee
2017 July 2 Sunday 9:15-10 am
0.— Open mtg by praying Psalm 96:1-9.
1.— Learn about each others' particular interests
in worship and serving on the committee — why worship is important to us
and what we might contribute to the committee's ministry.
AN OPENING QUESTION
and for many unchurched or unfulfilled by their current affiliation, how
can we make more evident in our worship that all human needs are embraced
in the practice of our faith? People come to church for many reasons; sometimes
they feel guided to attend without even being able to say why. How can
we do more toward the fulfillment of needs to deep for words?
WHAT IS WORSHIP? — SAMPLE RESPONSES
— a way of giving thanks to
God for the gifts of life, including particularly for the life and teachings
— primarily an assembly of a community
bound by heritage, present relationships, and hope for the future.
— a program for reassurance and edification.
— an immersion in a beautiful space
with beautiful music and beautiful symbolic actions.
— a “charging station” to get us
through the week of work and responsibilities.
— sacred play or an art form.
something we offer to God or is it something we do for ourselves?
2.— Work on a first draft of a “job description”
for the committee. (See draft below.)
3.— Additions to agenda.
7.— Confirm any assignments.
8.— Consider when we might meet next.
Suggestion: 11:45 or 11:50 Sunday Aug 7.
9.— Concluding prayer, #58, BCP p832.
Jun 23, 2017, at 2:59 PM
SUBJ: July 2 Sunday 9:15
Worship Committee forming
Dear Cathedral Friends--
Senior Warden has asked me to launch a worship committee as part of the
Cathedral's new strategic plan (http://www.kccathedral.org/wp-content/uploads/SP-Informational-Sheet.pdf).
Thanks to those who initially volunteered
-- and to those who've allowed me to add your name!
sending this email to several others whose ministries relate to worship,
including our Dean, Director of Music, our Sacristan, our Head Usher, and
our Former Junior Warden. When Marco Serrano (the new Young Adult Ministries
Coordinator) and the Reverend Canon Evelyn Hornaday arrive, I'll be sure
to let them as well know of our activity.
will surely enhance our own spiritual lives as well as serve the Cathedral
and the future. "Liturgy" means "work of the people," and all of us, clergy
and laity, are partners in worship.
an initial meeting July 2 Sunday morning 9:15-10 in a corner of Founders
Hall. Let's accomplish three things:
about each others' particular interests in worship and serving on the committee.
on a first draft of a "job description" for the committee.
when we might meet next.
Gratefully yours, Vern