May 2020: Holy Spirit Come!
It's tricky business, learning to pray and worship and learn and SING together in new ways, even as we are all staying in our own houses to keep everyone safe.
Zoom helps us be together in lots of ways, but it is a challenging platform when it comes to singing together. When everyone sings out loud, all at once, it sounds really chaotic. On the other hand, when we can TAKE TURNS singing and listening, it can be really beautiful!
Songs that are structured in the oral tradition style of "call and response" are perfect for "taking turns" singing together over zoom.
Below is a song I wrote yesterday, as a way to experiment with this idea of singing "call and response" style with my own kids over zoom.
I am hoping that some of the children and families from St. Mark's might be game to join us in sharing this song during online worship one Sunday in May! We'll have a series of short (~15 minute) zoom "practice sessions" to practice this song (and maybe a couple others) every Tuesday and Thursday in May at 3PM MST. Email me for the Zoom Meeting ID if you'd like to join us. All ages welcome! No pressure to sing "in church" if you don't want to...you are welcome to join the practice sessions just for the fun of it!
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In early 2019 I began serving as assisting priest at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Albuquerque. St. Mark's is home to a diverse and rapidly growing faith community as well as a Montessori Preschool that serves ~50 preschool children and their families.