Songs of praise as £2m lifeline helps preserve cathedral choir tradition

Jul 13, 2020 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: With professional singers on furlough and income plunging, a £2m fund from the Church Commissioners eases fears for the future. For almost four months their voices have been heard only from bedrooms and kitchens instead of soaring from the choir stalls of England’s magnificent cathedrals. Amid uncertainty as to when they will be able to perform again, a growing black hole in cathedral finances from Covid-19 has raised fears about the future of their famed choirs....

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Why We Miss Congregational Singing

May 21, 2020 by

by Joe Deegan, The Gospel Coalition: They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. This pandemic has taken so many things away, but there’s one thing I never realized I would miss this much—congregational singing. I help lead worship at my church in Houston, so I’ve “attended” church every Sunday since the shutdown began—and it’s been one of the strangest experiences of my life. I never imagined singing for a camera with nothing but empty pews behind it. I never fully understood how...

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Can Holy Communion be celebrated remotely at home?

Mar 26, 2020 by

Different views from two evangelicals: Can Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Go Online? By Bobby Jamieson, The Gospel Coalition: The Lord’s Supper enacts the church’s unity. It consummates the church’s oneness. It gathers up the many who partake of the same elements together, in the same place, and makes them one. (So if baptism binds the one to the many, the Lord’s Supper makes the many one.) So to make the Lord’s Supper into something other than a meal of the whole church, sitting down together...

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Middle-class patriotism goes underground

Feb 10, 2020 by

by Ed West, UnHerd: If you’re in London on the first Thursday of the month I highly recommend Evensong at St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield. The Norman church dates back to 1123 and a man called Rahere, who may have been a courtier or even a jester, and who had fallen sick while on pilgrimage to Rome. Pledging to build a priory when he returned if he survived his illness, Rahere convinced his friend Henry I to give him the land. Almost 900 years later and, well, not that much has changed....

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Sound of Glory

Sep 19, 2019 by

From Core Issues Trust. Warsaw’s Church of Glory leads Praise Evening with Matthew Grech. On Saturday 21st September at 7.00 UK time (8.00 pm CEST), Church of Glory will host “Gay Yesterday” in an evening of worship and praise. Watch the LIVE STREAM here Included in the concert will be a time of testimonies, and prayer. ***We welcome also for this special night guests from Malta and the U.K. who will be ministering along with Sound of Glory, and speaking*** From the U.K: Dr. Mike...

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Worship and evangelism in new ‘dark ages’ mission

Sep 10, 2019 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. A recent piece in the Church of England Newspaper (23rd August, £) reflected on the church’s task in contemporary society. Worship, which is the attitude and activity of glorifying God by believers, should not be confused with evangelism, the explaining of the Christian message to unbelievers and invitation to repentance and faith so they can become part of the worshipping community. Rather, “When we worship, our [the Christian disciple’s] attention is on...

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