Schedule of Virtual Call Weekend Events for Minister of Worship, Music, and the Arts

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Saturday, August 15 9:15 am – 11am         Special Called Church Conference called by Moderator, Diaconate, and Sr. Pastor Zoom Link |  Meeting ID: 222 722 9270 12 Noon                      Small Group Meeting with Music Team, Ordinance Team, Sound & Light Team, Worship Committee Zoom Link |  Meeting ID: 222 722 9270 1:00 pm                       Small Group Meeting with Accompanists and Instrumental […]

Fanny Crosby

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

One of the worship songs in Greystone’s July 26 online worship service, “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” may not be familiar to some hearers.  However, this text was penned by a very well-known writer of Christian songs, Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915). Ms. Crosby is regarded as one of America’s most important gospel song lyricists. “All the Way […]

Finding Your Place in the Story

Posted by on Jul 21, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Many years ago I worked at a summer camp for a church in Atlanta. As a part of my job, I was in charge of daily chapel services for our campers. Somewhere along the way, I decided to let the campers lead these services every Thursday. Each week I chose a different camper group to lead […]

Follow your Yes

Posted by on Jul 14, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This week I came across an essay written by Richard Rohr. He began with:  The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But the mystery of transformation more often happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart. The pain of something old falling apart—chaos—invites the soul to listen at a deeper level, and sometimes forces […]


Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Our postlude for this Sunday’s online worship service is an arrangement for organ entitled “Variants on ‘ST. ANNE.’”  ST. ANNE is the tune, or melody, name that we use to sing the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.” The composer of this tune is presumed to be William Croft. However, the first time it appeared […]

Rest Up THEN Rise Up

Posted by on Jul 7, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This weekend I took a break courtesy of Disney+. I spent HOURS watching (and rewatching) Hamilton. I was captured by the bravado of four friends ready to change the world, by Eliza’s heartbreaking journey of forgiveness and by the comedy of King George III. I was awed by the creative genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda and was carried […]

Today Could Be THE Day

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world. I beg of you, do not walk by without pausing to attend to this rather ridiculous performance. It could mean something. It could mean everything. It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote: You must change your life. from Devotions by Mary […]

Deep River

Posted by on Jun 25, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

17 While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.Joshua 3:17, NRSV “Deep River” is an African-American spiritual whose words are simple. They speak of home, of […]

Are We Going to Take a Phone Book?

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Yesterday I walked to the end of my driveway to find. . . a phone book. A phone book was a staple of my youth. You absolutely needed one of these things in the 80’s. Contained in-between the covers were the phone numbers for your neighbors, a listing of all the mechanics in your community, […]

A Simple Chorus

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

In Psalm 86:12, David says “I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever” (NRSV).  As we worship this Sunday, June 21, 2020, much of the music in Greystone’s online service was selected to help us do as David did, to glorify the name […]

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