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Worship happens when we respond to God’s grace together; liturgy is about organizing the response. From sights and colours to sounds and tones, from smells to touch to taste, and yes, in words, too, we plan the moments we come together for worship. How can we best grow in offering every one of God’s gifts back to God?

Prayers celebrating a dead fish

Grief over the death of a pet is real and complicated and lacks the formal markers that are so important to us as we gather for a Christian funeral What are some of the times you’ve been delighted to have liturgical ways of marking important pastoral moments with those you love and serve? Continue reading

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Preparing for Holy Week

Traditions vary widely about what services are held and look like throughout Holy Week, and clerics, worship committees, altar guilds, choirs, those preparing orders of service, and many more are diligently getting ready! What are some of your favourite traditions of the week? How does it look and feel in the context of your community? Continue reading

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Calendar muddles

Sometimes, the date on which a particular feast day is celebrated is not cut and dry. Sometimes, the lectionary allows for creative solutions that best meet the needs of the worshipping community. How did your congregation celebrate Epiphany this year? Continue reading

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Pray without ceasing: The Daily Office

The Liturgy Task Force of Faith, Worship, and Ministry is working on revisions to our authorized liturgical texts. In this entry, Task Force member Richard Leggett provides some background on practices of daily prayer, and introduces a new resource for Morning and Evening Prayer Continue reading

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One way of marking koinonia across space and time: The BAS Calendar of Holy Persons (an invitation to contribute)

As I look across the country, I see examples of how holy women and men are being remembered and celebrated. Who are the others? Continue reading

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On authorization

We are not encouraging anything outside of what is agreed order and right procedure in any diocese. But we do want to collect all that is available, all that the church is willing to share with us from parishes, dioceses, theological schools, conference and retreat centres, and religious houses. Continue reading

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The worship in Faith, Worship, and Ministry

What in our present collection of authorized texts for eucharist and baptism is groaning at you for revision? Why is that? What’s lacking and why does it feel to you that there is lack?—and remember that other questions are going to follow soon! Continue reading

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A modest wondering about the Feast of the Ascension

I wonder if it’s time for Canadian Anglicans to ask some serious questions about how we keep the principal feast of the Ascension. With attendance at weekday Eucharists on the wane in many places, and us keeping all but one of the other major feasts on Sundays, is it time to wonder the same about Ascension Day? Continue reading

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Lent Madness moves into the saintly sixteen!

Lent Madness–voting for saints in head-to-head match-ups to determine the winner of the Golden Halo–is fun, and a great way to be inspired by the cloud of witnesses that supports us in our journeys in faith. And so much more interesting than basketball… Continue reading

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Smudged Yet Speaking Signs

On Sunday, the people of the Church of the Nativity shared in making the ashes for Ash Wednesday together during coffee hour–and many were moved in new ways by participating in this aspect of what death and new life look like. How are you involved in helping others connect with the good news of the paschal mystery? Continue reading

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