C.S. Lewis on Worship
I think our business as laymen is to take what we are given and make the best of it. And I think we should find this a great deal easier if what we are given was always and everywhere the same.
To judge from their practice, very few Anglican clergymen take this view. It looks as if they believed people can be lured to go to church by incessant brightenings, lightenings, lengthenings, abridgements, simplifications, and complications of the service. And it is probably true that a new, keen vicar will usually be able to form within his parish a minority who are in favour of his innovations. The majority, I believe, never are. Those who remain—many give up churchgoing altogether—merely endure.
Is this simply because the majority are hidebound? I think not. They have a good reason for their conservatism. Novelty, simply as such, can have only an entertainment value. And they don’t go to church to be entertained. They go to use the service, or, if you prefer, to enact it. Every service is a structure of acts and words through which we receive a sacrament, or repent, or supplicate, or adore. And it enables us to do these things best—if you like, it ‘works’ best—when, though long familiarity, we don’t have to think about it. As long as you notice, and have to count, the steps, you are not yet dancing, but only learning to dance. A good shoe is a shoe you don’t notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need not consciously think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling. The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.
From “Letters to Malcolm”
The Children’s Choir resumed rehearsals in late August and is working on their Christmas music “Star of Wonder” which will be presented Sunday, December 8th at 5:30 PM. The choir is under the direction of Bill Eanes and Jean Haywood.
Our Adult Choir is diligently rehearsing their Christmas music: “Emmanuel – God with Us!” The special Christmas Music worship services will be Sunday, December 15th at 10:30am and Monday, December 16th at 7:00pm. If you have been considering joining the choir or just singing in the Christmas program, there is still time to join and you too will enjoy singing and leading in worship. We rehearse each Wednesday evening at 7:00pm.
Our Handbell Choir, directed by Glenda Wade, continues rehearsals every Tuesday at 6:00pm in the Agape classroom in the Hospitality Center.
The Mixed Ensemble will rehearse Wednesday, October 2nd and 23rd at 6:15 PM in the choir room.
The Ladies’ Ensemble will rehearse Wednesday, October 16th at 6:15 PM in the choir room.
The Men’s Ensemble will rehearse Wednesday, October 9th and 30th at 6:15 PM in the choir room.
Rev. John Thompson
Minister of Music