How Contemporary Worship Music Is Shaping Us—for Better or Worse

Feb 11, 2019 by

by Matt Merker, The Gospel Coalition: It was roughly 50 years ago that young people started bringing their guitars to church. Converts from the hippie culture, known as Jesus People, strummed a chord that would echo around the world. Modern worship was born. In the ensuing decades, the phenomenon known as “praise and worship music” or “contemporary worship music” has seen its share of developments. By no means a monolithic movement, it has nevertheless coalesced into a highly recognizable...

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Why Anglo-Catholicism appeals to millennials

Feb 8, 2019 by

by Marcus Walker, Catholic Herald: “Twentysomethings are flocking to Anglo-Catholic services” shouted a headline in the Times above an article featuring my church, St Bartholomew the Great, in the City of London. As so often with headlines, the drama of the moment trumps the evidence of the article and accusations of hyperbole haunt the actual good news in the story that follows. But good news there is, however you define the word “flocking”. With two per cent of those under 25 in Britain...

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Millennials shun modern liturgy for ‘bells and smells’

Jan 5, 2019 by

by Tim Wyatt, The Times: Twentysomethings are flocking to Anglo-Catholic services for traditional worship with not a tambourine in sight. Almost everything about services at St Bartholomew the Great church is old-fashioned. Purple-robed choristers process through clouds of pungent incense. The priest, the Rev Marcus Walker, brandishes an ornate golden King James Bible above his head before reading from the 1611 text. The liturgy is a mixture of 16th-century prose and sung Latin. The medieval...

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Can we learn from ancient prayer books?

Jul 3, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Why would a 21st century evangelical be interested in liturgy? asked Mark Earngey as he began his talk at Wycliffe Hall (on 11 June). An extrovert Australian, Mark is definitely not a nerdy academic, fascinated by church history for its own sake. His time in Oxford working on a DPhil and a book (both just completed) hasn’t affected his accent, his regular use of words like “mate” and “ripper”, or his commitment to see the church reflect Christ better. Born...

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The joy of evensong

Apr 16, 2018 by

by Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold, Spectator: When Palestrina wrote his Mass settings and motets, or J.S. Bach his cantatas and passions, they could not have imagined the ways in which their music would be heard today. We can now access sacred music in our living rooms, at work and on the commute: an hour-long compilation of the choir of New College, Oxford performing the Agnus Dei has four-and-a-half million views on YouTube. Spotify and smartphones may eliminate the need to visit a church or chapel...

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College chapels survey shows students more likely to attend church

Mar 28, 2018 by

by Mark Woods, Christian Today: Figures collected by the Church of England on worship attendance at three top English universities show a startlingly high level of participation in college chapel services. Fifty-six college chapels in the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham were asked about their activities during 2016. Responses were received from 46. As well as figures about confirmations, marriages and funerals, colleges were asked for the first time about their ‘worshipping...

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