Music & Liturgy
THOUGHT Provide a contextual and practical frame (or reason) for the work of liturgy and music for our diocese, emphasizing the unique culture and features of our diocese.
WORD Describe how the work of this group will deepen, strengthen, and renew our capacity to live into Jesus’ commandments, while remaining in accordance with the Canons and Constitution of The Episcopal Church.
DEED Provide resources, methods, and approaches our faith communities can use to enrich our worship, our prayer, and our encounters with the sacred.
Develop experimental liturgies for the diocese to experience and provide feedback on.
The Commission on Liturgy & Church Music is established by Canon 3.7 in the diocesan Constitution and Canons:
- Sec. 1. There shall be a Commission on Liturgy and Church Music, composed of the Bishop and other persons who are skilled in Liturgics or Church Music. At each annual Convention, the Bishop shall make appointments for terms of three years.
- Sec. 2. The Commission shall serve as an advisory group to the Bishop regarding matters pertaining to liturgy and music. It shall also sponsor programs of instruction and activities designed to promote excellence in these areas of the Church’s ministry.
“Let us give thanks by which we offer to God with reverence and awe.“
The Liturgy and Music Working Group (LMWG) has gathered resources authorized by the General Convention, reviewed by the working group, or suggested by your clergy in our diocese. This is a working document and will be updated periodically, so please check back regularly. If there are resources you would like to contribute, please contact the working group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop Akiyama has asked the Liturgy and Music Working Group (LMWG) to thoughtfully propose prayers and texts that we may use together as a diocese that are liturgically beautiful, that remove anti-semitism, that broaden our use of expansive gendered imagery, and that deepen our relationship with God, one another, and creation. Our intent is to experiment across the diocese with shared texts, gather feedback, revise as necessary, and propose the final revisions to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for use as an experimental liturgy that rises up out of local context. Read about the process of Dissemination and Review of Experimental Material.
LIST OF EXPERIMENTS/SURVEYS
- The Episcopal Church’s Revised Common Lectionary – a three-year cyclical calendar of readings from Scripture appointed to be read during worship.
- Episcopal Common Prayer – Maintained by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, Episcopal Common Prayer maintains a list of liturgical resources authorized by The Episcopal Church, answers to FAQs about liturgical resources, and liturgy-related links. The submissions page may be used to submit materials or suggestions.
- Music Makes Community – a non-profit organization working with ecumenical communities and leaders to empower and liberate communities’ spiritual life through singing.
- Liturgical Resources from The Episcopal Church: Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2022, Book of Occasional Services revised 2022, Great Cloud Of Witnesses
- Daily Office Websites and Apps: Daily Office by the Mission of St. Clare (website, iOS and Andriod app) Vinite, Daily Office App, and Forward Day by Day app.
Liturgy Survey 1: Liturgy of the Word [ACTIVE – Take now!]
Liturgy Survey 2: Liturgy of the Table [Scheduled for the season after Epiphany]
Experimental Text: Revised Good Friday gospel and prayers. THE TEXT; THE SURVEY. [Holy Week]
Liturgy Survey 3: EOW or Music [Scheduled for the Easter season]
Experimental Text: Season of Creation. THE TEXT; THE SURVEY. [Labor Day to St. Francis]
End of Year Survey
The working group meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.
The Rev. Judith Jones
St. Stephen, Newport & St. Luke by the Sea, Waldport
The Rev. Andria Skornik
All Saints, Portland
The Rev. Birch Rambo
Church of the Resurrection, Eugene
The Rev. Raggs Ragan
St. Aidan, Portland