on "Surprised by Joy"
by the Rev.
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Buffalo, New York
season has a thematic bond at Trinity and we spend a great deal
of time imagining new and varied ways to bring coherency to the music,
reading and prayer texts, and rituals.
give special attention to engaging vision and imagination as
well as music and intellect and create participatory opportunities as
. . our effort is to create an atmosphere in which people feel
safe to open themselves to the unexpected and then provide a format
and content that evokes the holiness within
The Rev. Cameron Miller
vision of worship is that we create a time and place in which people can
become open to an encounter with God. It is experiential and
our effort is to create an atmosphere in which people feel safe to open
themselves to the unexpected and then provide a format and content that
evokes the holiness within. We cannot control God of course, nor the hearts
and minds of those present, but we can be very intentional and creative
about hosting and dramatizing and that is our focus.
is our introduction to Advent, printed in our bulletin each week:
our effort to offer an alternative, even subversive, view of the universe,
the Church also offers an alternative calendar. The New Year begins
on the forth Sunday before Christmas with a brief season called “Advent”.
Advent means the dawn of something or its beginning, and refers to the
on-coming celebration of Christmas. In the surrounding culture this
celebration is marked by manic consumerism, a tide of parties, and family
reunions. It is madcap, fun, exhausting and pressurized all at the same
time. In the midst of the building momentum toward December 25th our
four Sundays of Advent will call upon us to cock our heads and strain
our ears to hear a voice and a whisper underneath the din. As wonderful
as school vacation and family gatherings are, if we listen to our sacred
story and take some time to open ourselves to the alternative universe
swirling around, within and beyond our own, we may suddenly be Surprised