It would be nice if Christians of multiple parishes or denominations came together for more than just interdenominational Lenten studies and similar activities (nothing wrong with these, but it seems that’s often the only time churches can organize such things). Here’s an idea: how about hosting choral evensong services?
Not familar with this term? It’s a form of the evening prayer service in the BCP that is primarily chanted or sung.
I was somewhat inspired by this idea after regularly prayed Evening Prayer on Fridays with the help of The Daily Office’s Video Evensong service. It’s a real treat that blends traditional and contemporary music.
Here are several reasons that such a service can be a good idea:
- Many congregations have no choir or one with few members – combining choirs provides more chances to sing beautiful worship music
- If some contemporary music is incorporated, it gives church musicians a chance to use their talents
- Depending on the time of year and location, the service might be a good one to hold outdoors
I’ll be posting a suggested outline that people may want to use as a resource on The Liturgical Christianity Portal blog (which is not going anywhere, but more on that later) soon.