March 5, 1976
Wk.9, Q.III, 197576
CONTEXT: As a movement, we have always made singing
an important part of everything we do. One of the key events in
a Town Meeting is the creation and presentation of the community's
song. This weekend's conversations focus on this aspect of our
corporate life and practical strategy.
1. What is THE edge song you find yourself singing these days?
(get several suggestions and select one)
2. Read John Wesley's "Directions for Singing" from 1761, then sing the song
3. Why do you suppose this is an edge song for us
Context: Any movement that is revolutionary produces songs, the singing of which symbolizes the cause and solidifies the group behind it. "La Marseilles," "A Mighty Fortress is our God," We Shall Overcome," and "The Star Spangled Banner" are examples of such songs from the past. Now let's try one that seems to fall in that category from our more recent past.
Sing: "The Vision"
1. At what point did the song's power impact you?
2. What is the power of this song? What does it do for a group? Why? How?
3. What is it about singing that is revolutionary?
1. Where did you get tripped up or sucked in by the song?
2. Where did your mind wander off to during the singing?
3. What did you see in your meanderings? What we illuminated about the way life is?
4. What songs do you predict will be important to our spirit life during this Lenten
Context: Someone has said that singing is celebrating the fulfillment that exists in the present
1. What would you hold up as the fulfillment of THIS present moment?
2. What songs embody that?
Sing: a couple of the songs named
3. Which one did the best job? Why?
I. Learn these tunes before you learn any others;
afterwards learn as many as you please.
II. Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without
altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing
them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.
degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it
is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing.
V. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard
above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you
may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together,
so as to make one clear melodious sound.
VI. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung be sure to
keep with it. Do not run before nor stay behind it; but attend
close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as
you can; and take care not to sing too slow. This drawling way
naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive
it out from us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did
VII. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God
in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself,
or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to
the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried
away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall
your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward
you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.
From John Wesley's preface to Sacred Mclody, 1761
CONVERSATIONS: Below are revised questions for the
It is crucial that the song really be sung before
the Guild enters into the conversation. The Awe should break in
on the singing.
1. Where did transparency break through like page with match under it? What phrase?
2. When you looked through, what did you behold,
what did you see, sometimes it comes as if I were being beheld;
what beheld you at the moment that transparency broke through
3. In the past 24 hours or so, where were you in the midst of that happeningness?
4. Let's pull back from this. A song is if it speaks, if it mediates the deeps of life. The artist may be largely unconscious, but whether conscious or not, what profound aspects (deeps) of humanness was he out to point to with the song?
Date Old Testament New Testament Capita1 Verse
2 Daniel Ch. 1 Hebrews Ch, l. 1 34
3 2:116 Ch. 2 1718
4 2:1723 I John 1:12:2 1:7
5 2:24; 2:3649 2:32:11 2:8
6 3:17 2122:17 2:16
7 3:823 2:183:3 2:2627
8 3:2430 3:43:12 3:9
9 7:110 3:133:17 3:14
10 7:1928 3:184:6 3:20
11 8:114 4:74:12 4:12
12 9 :1527 4:134:21 4:21
13 10:114 5:15:12 5:3
14 10:1511:1 5:1321 5:21
9/9 fun song; there is a tavern in the town
the song: On the street where you live.
9/5 fun song: whistle a happy tune
the song: With a Song in your Heart
7/12 fun song: Oh, What a beautiful Morning
the song: Old Black Magic
7/13 fun song: Blue Skies
the song: Far Away Places
7/16 fun song; It's a Grand Night for Singing
the song: Blue Moon
7/17 fun song: open choice
the song: I'll be Seeing You...
7/18 fun song: Churchcamp song
the song: Night and Day
7/19 fun song: Bye, Bye Blackbird
the song: I'll be Seeing You
7/20 Sanctification course
7/24 Desert Song
7/25 fun song: open choice
the song: Stranger in Paradise
7/26 fun song:
the song: Shadow of Your Smile
7/27 Council IV
7/2 Orientation Day
7/3 fun song: Oh, what a Beautiful Morning
the song: Some enchanted Evening
7/4 fun song
7/6 fun song
7/10 fun song: Bye, Bye Black Bird
the song: Ah, Sweet mystery of Life
7/11 fun song: It's a Grand Night for singing
The Song: Till there was you
Fourth Week Orders of the Day
12:15 Gather in Guild space.
LUNCH Sing: Several resurgence songs
Accountability: Teams check to see if all are present.
Ritual: Repeat after me
At the edge of history
The future is blowing wildly in our faces
Sometimes brightening the air
And sometimes blinding us.
12:20 Please appoint scribes and hand in one set of notes to Spirit Life.
Context: It is important for the assembly and the movement to gain practical clarity on the happening of the operetta Saturday evening. This conversation is a way of eliciting our intuitions, and providing the basis for clarifying this dynamic. Therefore,
PLEASE HAVE ASCRIBE APPOINTED TO KEEP CAREFUL RECORD
OF YOUR GROUPS ANSWERS.
The key questions are starred, the others are more
dimensions of a corporate spin than steps in a rigid construct.
*1. What do you remember about Desert Song evening?
What songs do you remember
What lines of songs
What lines of narration
What do you remember about the frame (room, lights,
*2. What happened to us?
What songs have you found yourself singing?
Where were you caught up?
What was the mood at the end of the evening?
What now is the high point?
*3. What were the life dynamics of the evening?
* What was the situation of the various roles (singers, dancer, orchestra, narrator)
* What was the significance of the physical setting (table arrangement, lighting, decor, service)
* What was this anyway(in relation to cabaret
worship sanctification itself)
*4. Assume that you are going to do an operetta evening your parish.
What are the practical keys to doing this sort of thing in the future?
* What would you be sure to do in a similar way?
* What would you do differently? * What are the spirit dangers to be aware of? * * What are the gifts of this event?
What one sentence of advice would you give to someone who intended to do
this sort of evening?
(Spin off) What are some other operettas which you might consider
suitable for this treatment?
12:40 Study Ecumenical Parish Week 2 Document
1:15 Send Out to teams
TEAM Gather as a team for corporate/solitary time
on First John. Today's assignment is I John 4:74:21 Steps
III and IV.
5:30 Daily Office as League
Scripture readings: Old Testament Daniel 3:17
New Testament I John 2:1217
(capital verse 2:16)
CONGREGATION Songs: Somewhere Over the Rainbow p. 40
BREAKFAST (Guild prep for song conversation)
6:00 I Could Have Danced All Night p. 43
Context: These pop songs affirm the past in a way
that puts men's disected lives back together again. Do you remember
the first dance you ever went to? Remember the first time when
you got over your shyness and really danced? Ask a couple of people
when did that experience happen for you? Get out several
replies to have a montage built for the song being sung.
ACCOUNTABILITY/ABSOLUTION: Let Congregation account
for its presence at worship by Guild. A context before this relative
to the dramaturgy of this ritual is crucial to get in today. It
is a ritual that must be done with sharp precision or the body
will fall into mediocrity that is difficult to recover from. Team
priors need to have someone ready to answer if they are not there
for some reason.
Meal Ritual: Priest: Praise the Lord, Christ 1s risen.
Community: He is risen indeed
The community is seated
PRAYER: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, send forth,
we beseech thee, upon thy servants who bear office in this city
the spirit of prudence, charity and justice; that they may in
all things walk before thee with steadfast purpose and a single
heart, and faithfully serve in their several offices, through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Priest welcomes guests
INVITATION TO FEAST: Priest: Let us feast.
6:15 SCRIPTURE NEWS 1st John 2:122:17 (capital
Keep in mind that you are not out to get theological clarity here but to have folk remember
scripture through the day.
1. Which words struck you?
2. What's being said about our day and time?
3. How is this a grid through which to see our day?
4. What's the demon this word will dispel today?
Breakfast (cont) NEWS CONVERSATION: Image for preparatory brooding: the concern is
grasping, through these events, the indicative address on one's life, rather than
drawing forth imperatives.
1. What are the happenings of the past lay that have
claimed the attention of the globe?
consciousness? came as "news"?
3. What is going on in that situation (begin to swirl
situation getting out data, situation, forces at work, etc.)
4. How is this news related to or illustrative of
resurgence in, our time? or, How does this news inform the task
of the guildsman?
READING of 1 or 2 1st John paraphrases (But NO discussion). Brief comment on power of
6:30 Sing: I could have Danced All Night p. 42
SANCTIFICATION DISCOURSE "The Communion with
7:25 MISSIONAL CONTEXT: The image for the day: "Kiss
the leper". The transestablishment decision to "embrace
'kiss' the leper', through is to structure in oneself interior
discipline required to trend history .
What is it you put off doing seeing? What
would it mean for you to kiss the leper today?
7:30 Closing Ritual: Priest: The Lord be with you.
Community: And with thy spirit