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Thinking Aloud Allowed about ANZAC Day

Thinking Aloud Allowed about ANZAC Day

Yesterday I went to the ANZAC Dawn Service. For those unfamiliar with this, ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The ANZAC force landed at Gallipoli (Turkey) on 25 April 1915. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links… Continue Reading

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Buskstration

Buskstration

At the recent Buskers’ Festival here, I saw something I hadn’t seen before. A busker put all the energy he could muster into his show. A crowd was gathered. But they gave little to no energy back. There was a bit of unenthusiastic clapping, and, yes, a little engagement. But, as the show progressed, the… Continue Reading

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Lex Photographi, Lex Orandi

Lex Photographi, Lex Orandi

Photography composition rules drive worship practice For an ordination to the priesthood, our NZ Prayer Book instructs assisting priests to, with the bishop, lay hands on the candidate. Instead of this, at least three Anglican bishops in New Zealand have the assisting priests lay hands on the bishop instead. The only explanation I have heard… Continue Reading

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How Worship is Like Busking

How Worship is Like Busking

It’s throwback-Thursday because in my city is the 25th year of the World Buskers Festival. Busking provides helpful reflection for worship – especially for worship leaders. Last year, I reflected on busking becoming more “established”. If that interests you, look back to that post. I recently attended a stage musical, and also a Shakespeare play… Continue Reading

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Church Projector Screens

Church Projector Screens

“Do you use a projector?” she asked. Some will remember the days when Anglicans could get a good idea of a person’s worship style by whether he (yes in those days it was a “he”) wore a chasuble. Now, for many people, contemporary worship is determined by the use of a projector screen. No screen… Continue Reading

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Rubrics and Grammar 1

Rubrics and Grammar 1

Rubrics are the instructions given within a printed service. I have been proposing a model of liturgy (communal worship) as being like a language – the language of liturgy being primarily the symbols, signs, gestures, etc. accompanied by words. Rubrics, traditionally, were coloured red, although now they are commonly simply printed in black italics. There… Continue Reading

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Worship and Wellbeing

Worship and Wellbeing

Recently, I read an article by Dr Tom Mulholland about the improvement to human wellbeing through music Turns out there is a body of research and neurological explanations to underline why great music makes us feel great. It’s do with rhythm and vibration and neural connection and the chemicals that are released. I had brought… Continue Reading

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