November 12, 2004

liturgy fellowship

Jamming out 01
Jamming out 01,
originally uploaded by Luke and Sarah.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to join other musicians writing for the church, from Seattle, Nashville, and Indianapolis. It was the inagural gathering of the Liturgy Fellowship, being headed up by Rick Jensen and Nathan Partain from Green Lake Presbyterian, the church where I am currently a member.

We headed up into the Cascade Mountains to the GrĂ¼newald Guild, a retreat center for the arts. While there, we discussed the future of music in the church, enjoyed each other's music, and ate quite well (defeated the idea of the 'starving artist'). I look forward to seeing what this group grows into. As the fellowship spreads across the country, the hope is that these small groups of musicians in the church will come together regularly to fellowship and edify each other.

One of the writers on the retreat was Brian Moss. He was a part of the beginnings of Indelible Grace in Nashville (he wrote the new version of "The Church's One Foundation") and is now the Worship Director at John Knox Presbyterian in Seattle. He is currently putting the finishing touches on a project he is calling Prayerbook, No. 1. It's actually only the end of the beginning for him, as this is only volume one of a hopefully 10 volume collection of new settings of all 150 Psalms. I admire his diligence to tackle this project, and I am excited to see how the Lord will change him as a man and as a writer. Check out his blog of the project to get more of his thoughts on this work. I got a chance to hear his versions of Psalm 1 & 14, and I was quite moved. I can only imagine how the project will move others (in its entirety, that is).

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