by the Rev. Larry Holben, Priest in Charge, St. Barnabus' Episcopal Church, Mt. Shasta; Liturgy and Music Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
Music lies at the heart of both the Anglican and Lutheran liturgical traditions. The well-known quotation “He who sings prays twice” (attributed, although erroneously, to St. Augustine of Hippo) speaks to the continuing importance of music in our worship.
On Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th, the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American will be sponsoring “Many Voices, One Song,” a conference on music in worship today.
The keynote speaker will be internationally recognized church organist, music director, cantor, conductor, composer and teacher Dr. David Cherwien. Dr. Cherwien, a knowledgeable and engaging presenter, will speak to making creative use of the wide variety of musical possibilities available to congregations of any size today. He will also lead one of the workshops offered (on music for congregations without choirs or instrumentalists) and organize the music for a closing Eucharistic liturgy integrating elements of current worship materials from both Lutheran and Episcopalian resources.
Other workshops presently planned include: Recruiting and Developing Choirs for Every-Sized Congregation, led by Canon David Link of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento; Common Resources for Episcopal/Lutheran Worship; Handbells in Worship; Global Music in Culturally Diverse Congregations; and Percussion in Worship. There will also be opportunity during one of the workshop periods for choir practice with Dr. Cherwien for those interested in participating in the choir for the closing Eucharist.
The conference will begin with Choral Vespers on Friday evening at 7:30 (sign-in and fellowship from 6 o’clock), followed by Dr. Cherwien’s first presentation. Saturday’s events will begin with late sign-in and snacks beginning at 8:30, with Dr. Cherwien’s second presentation beginning at 9:30. Two workshop sessions will follow, with a festal Eucharist climaxing the day.
The conference will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L Street, Sacramento. Free parking will be available both Friday evening and Saturday in a nearby parking facility.
Registration, which includes a box lunch, is $35.00 general, $25.00 for students. The registration form can be downloaded here: Many Voices, One Song Conference Registration Form.
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