Worship and the Power of Silence

During Lent at Saint James’, we are experimenting with a few modifications of the 10:15 Eucharist, such as the use of silence. After Easter Sunday, there will be an opportunity for discussion and feedback with the clergy, Jesse, and worship ministry team. In the meantime, I welcome your comments and questions.

Silence gives us emotional space to consider the ways we have not put our whole trust in God as we prepare for the Confession of Sin. Silence allows us to reflect on the meanings and message for us in the readings, Gospel, and sermon. Holy silence creates God moments throughout the liturgy.

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General Convention elects Bp. Michael Curry as next Presiding Bishop!

The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop Elect of the Episcopal Church. (Photo courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina)
The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop Elect of the Episcopal Church. (Photo courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina)

One of the responsibilities of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church gathered in Salt Lake City from June 25th – July 3rd, is the election of a Presiding Bishop to serve for the next nine years. I was very excited to learn that The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, has been chosen. He is a faithful leader and a remarkable preacher. Three years ago at the previous General Convention, I had the great pleasure of hearing him preach this sermon. Also, here is his powerful reflection on the Eucharist.  It is worth noting that Bishop Curry is the first African American ever elected to this position.

Peace,

Ben+