A servant church in the heart of the city

Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi


Dear Wonderful Members of the Worship Committee--
     I have submitted a report of our work for the Annual Meeting.  You will find the text at http://www.cres.org/GHTC/meetings.htm .
     I really enjoyed our meetings and conversations and believe a strong worship committee is essential to the future growth of the Cathedral. It is shocking that, as far as I know, there has never been such a committee, at least with the scope suggested by our job description. "Shocking" because the style and impulse of liturgy through the conviction of the clergy since the Reformation has been the participation of the baptised. The tradition of clerical leadership may sometimes be confused with the responsibility of the laity to be in equal and cooperative, though distinctive, partnership. The very word  “liturgy” means “the work of the people.” Should such confusion exist, it would be difficult to discharge tasks such as those charged  by the Strategic Plan to any worship committee, which would require a mutually respectful, open, and cooperative relationship. On the other hand, a committee with a different job description could, when requested, provide useful advice and support to the ordained leadership. 
     The history and developments of the Book of Common Prayer, and the many forms by which liturgical worship is practiced in our own diocese and sibling liturgical churches here and across the planet, point to worship as the center of one's personal and communal religious life: the beautiful practice of giving thanks for the wondrous gift of existence, even and especially in the face of the horrors about us, by which we are renewed to focus on what we can do for others in building the realm of righteousness with nature, within ourselves, with all peoples. Different worship styles work for different people, within the Christian household and within the other faiths of the world. Ours is distinctive, robust, and authoritative.
     I am especially interested in finding new ways by which our Episcopalian ways can be inviting to those who are ready for powerful experiences of awe, of apprehending the sacred, by which we are sustained, enlarged, and redeemed. While I treasure the testimony and pratices of the world's religions as I have studied and experienced them here and abroad, I believe, yes, this holiness can be found also and especially for us within our very own tradition, explored afresh.
     Although my term as your chair was short, you have helped to confirm this conviction. 
     Thank you.

for the annual congregational meeting

The Cathedral Worship Committee, 2017
Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi
(How we worship leads to what we believe, which leads to how we live)

The Worship Committee formed mid-year. A temporary website for committee use was created at www.cres.org/GHTC. It includes a list of our members and ex officio members. It also records information about our three monthly Sunday meetings, with the Dean participating at each meeting. 
     Our meetings were designed to deepen our appreciation of each other's various worship needs and preferences so that we could creditably understand and represent the diversity within our rich Episcopalian tradition at the Cathedral, and move forward in the direction of the Strategic Plan. Because of the desire of clergy to avoid Sunday meetings and difficulties of assembling committee members otherwise during the holidays, additional meetings were postponed. 

We can report these beginnings:

1. We developed a job description and submitted it to the Vestry, appended below.

2. From a variety of perspectives from within the Cathedral membership, we collected over 40 ideas for discussions, projects, and enhancements, with the list remaining on the website until a committee chair for the new year is chosen.

3. As an early step to ready our newly-created committee to do the survey expected of us in the Strategic Plan, we created and archived weekly postings for the Saturday Cathedral Digital Bulletin emails until they were discontinued for the Pledge Drive and thereafter. 
          At the ministry fair, many people told us they found these postings informative and inspiring. Topics included Anglican chant, hymns, the meaning of worship, how worship might distinguish Episcopalians among other Christians, and our Madonna Window.


     In light of the Cathedral’s Strategic Plan with the specific goal of providing distinct and meaningful worship opportunities, and grateful for the treasury we have inherited and the beckoning of the future, the Worship Committee shall —

     1. Pursue study of the rich meanings of our liturgical and devotional traditions and possibilities through committee members’ conversations with each other, and share insights with the congregation through educational communications and programs. This living tradition includes daily, weekly, seasonal, personal transition, and special worship experiences, in both specific elements and entire liturgies.

     2. From time to time, review the congregation’s worship experiences and advise the Dean and others on how worship experiences, and the skills and resources which make them possible, may be diversified, celebrated, enhanced, and enlarged.

     3. Support and encourage the clergy, other staff, and volunteers in their roles in making worship most meaningful, beautiful, and embracing. Specifically, with the Dean, Music Director, and others, help plan seasonal liturgies. This includes an advisory, consultative, cooperative relationship in sundry ways and to varying degrees with clergy, musicians, sacristy guild, Eucharistic ministers, ushers, acolytes, lectors, sexton, buildings and grounds, children’s ministry, catechumens, and pew participants.

     4. Cooperate and communicate with other Strategic Plan committees as appropriate.

Vern Barnet, 2017 chair

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 communications from the committee chair were discouraged so that the office could handle 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.

Meeting Agenda
Sept 17 Sunday 6-8 pm, Common Room

1. Grace at Meals, BCP 835 #70
2. Light meal
3. Personal reflections--
    Favorite spots in the nave (with gallery), chancel, and chapel

4. Prioritizing projects including 
    How 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 -- Chuck

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."
    a. ideas from Dean Peter
    b. ideas from Music Director Paul 

6a. Additions to the agenda
6b. Budget proposals for 2018

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 - 12:45

1. Opening prayer Psalm 150 BCP 807
2. Personal reflections in small groups 
    with key objects
3. Welcomes
    - Music Director Paul
    - Young Adult Coord. Marco 
    - Chris Morgan, Newcomer Team
    - Canon Evelyn Hornaday 
    - Sacristan Sharon Sprague
4. Forwarding our draft job description to the Vestry
5. Reports
6. Additions to the agenda
7. Set date/time for next mtg
    Sept 17 Sun 6 pm after Choral Evensong?
8. Reflections on the meeting
9. Concluding prayer BCP 836:1,3,6

170806 Report

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.
     Following reflections 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--


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 --
     (1) announced that we welcome anyone who wishes to join,
     (2) developed a job description in light of the Strategic Plan
     (3) provided a weekly enrichment to the worship services for those interested, and
     (4) begun enumerating short, medium, and long-term possible projects..
     (5) These 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 Strategic Plan.

Vern Barnet

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. 

     For ourselves 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?

 — a way of giving thanks to God for the gifts of life, including particularly for the life and teachings of Jesus.
— 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.
     Is worship 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.

5. —

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--
      Our 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! 
     I'm also 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.
     Our work 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. 
     Let's plan an initial meeting July 2 Sunday morning 9:15-10 in a corner of Founders Hall. Let's accomplish three things:
     1.-- Learn about each others' particular interests in worship and serving on the committee.
     2.-- Work on a first draft of a "job description" for the committee. 
     3.-- Consider when we might meet next.
Gratefully yours, Vern