Date: October 25, 2023
There is, of course, an advantage in the traditional form of worship. You come to Chapel and you know exactly what will happen. And this is part of the joy of liturgy: the form becomes so familiar that you end up focusing entirely on God and not on what is going on.
Yet sometimes it is good for us to be forced to concentrate on God in a different way. Tuesday’s Innovative worship was outstanding. Melody Dillon was an artist as she danced the Word; Noah Aukerman and Jared Moore weaved the Psalm with the readings in a deeply power way; and the entire team (Talley Banazek, Theodore Renaud, David Smith, Christian Siemsen, Kara Laughlin, the Rev. Rachelle Sam, and the Rev. Dr. Ruthanna Hooke) was amazing.
I left realizing that I had encountered God in a different way. I was grateful for innovation. And even now, I could probably use American Sign Language to say “Lord have Mercy”. It was amazing.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President and the President of The General Theological Seminary