Finding Our Way Back to Worship

Finding Our Way Back to Worship

This past Sunday morning my family gathered once again in the living room, brunch in hand, ready to participate in worship, virtually.  These have been interesting days that have required a reimagining of congregational life while challenging our understanding of...
Keeping Worship Safe

Keeping Worship Safe

When you look back over the tremendous amount of change our churches have gone through since the early days of Covid-19, it almost takes your breath away.  Congregations who couldn’t have given you a definition of adaptive change suddenly find themselves knee-deep in...
Hold Your Applause and Show Your Appreciation

Hold Your Applause and Show Your Appreciation

On Easter Sunday at Wilshire our Sanctuary Choir sang two great choruses from Handel’s Messiah, “Worthy is the Lamb” paired with “Hallelujah.”  In conversation with our worship planning team we had placed these selections after the...
Singing Is Praying Twice

Singing Is Praying Twice

On the book shelf in my office is a gift from a church member and former adult choir member, Frances.  The ceramic plaque reads, “Singing is praying twice.”  It’s an adaptation of a quotation usually attributed to St. Augustine, “One who sings prays twice.” What does...
Reflections on Worship and Music Ministry

Reflections on Worship and Music Ministry

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” ~ Jaroslav Pelikan I am grateful that I serve Wilshire Baptist Church, where our worship tradition is alive and well. Recently I have been in conversation with our...