Katherine Will

Worship is not a spectator sport

By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship As I sat in a pew recently for worship, I had a thought about the difference between attending worship and attending a sporting event or other type of entertainment.  We treasure tickets on the fifty yard line or at center court, so that we can be close …

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Icon of Our Lady represents sacred form of the Word

By Katherine Will Director of Music & Worship Icons have been a part of worship from nearly the beginning of Christianity, especially in the Orthodox Church. Considered a form of the Word and a view into heaven, there is a symbolic aspect to almost everything included within the image, as well asthe colors used. Even …

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From the Music Room: Worship and Music

By Katherine Will  “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3) Spring and summer are my favorite times of year. I love the flowers blooming in my garden, the warmth of the sun, and those few stolen moments sleeping on the beach.  But for those …

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Ministry through music here at Grace

By Katherine Will One of the keys to our worship as Episcopalians is the understanding that our liturgy functions on many levels of awareness. There is an intellectual component as we study Scripture. There is an emotional component as we express our love, sorrow, repentance, and all the other feelings that find their place in …

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We are called to serve

By Katherine Will Music and Worship Coordinator We at Grace are a people called to serve and we do it with an assortment of gifts in a variety of ways.  One of those ways is by assisting in our liturgy each week, either as a Lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, an Acolyte, an Intercessor, or …

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Keeping Lent

By Katherine Will Music and Worship Coordinator “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (Ash Wednesday Liturgy, BCP pg. 265). This winter, several of us in the …

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Advent: Light in the Midst of Growing Darkness

By Kathy Will Music and Worship Coordinator We begin our church year with Advent, a season of preparing for Christmas and at the same time looking toward the Second Coming of Christ. The liturgical color of blue we use in our altar vestments symbolizes the hope and waiting that is expressed in many of the …

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Reverence: Joy and Respect

By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship Worship in an Episcopal church is unlike most activities we encounter in our everyday life. While a participatory activity, there is a different sense of inspiration and spirituality than we might encounter at a baseball or football game. Our liturgy is designed to help us encounter God …

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Financial Peace University classes begin on January 22nd

By Katherine Will Debt and credit cards seem to be the American way of life. We use our cards to pay for gas, groceries, a new washer and dryer, and a mocha at the coffee shop. We intend to pay everything off each month, but somehow, when we aren’t looking, the balances get bigger and …

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Ministry of the week – Worship Planning Committee

By Katherine Will The Worship Planning Committee is a visioning group that meets according to the seasons of the church year. Their primary responsibility is to help lead God’s people into worship. The members of the committee discuss ways to make our worship services accessible and meaningful, and they help give feedback and suggestions to …

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“It was glorious” – report from Sewanee Music Conference

By Katherine Will Coordinator of Music and Worship I want to thank the Grace Vestry for making it possible for me to attend the Sewanee Church Music Conference held this past July at Dubose Conference Center near the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. This was my first visit to the annual conference, held specifically …

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