What a weekend! It began yesterday with the Just 10 Conference and continued to today, finishing up with a live concert with Matt Maher and his band this afternoon. Amazing, simply amazing weekend. We had a full day yesterday with teachings on the ten commandments and times for prayer and worship, followed by a Saturday at Seven evening worship service with Eucharist last night.
Today three services, one Eucharist and two reintroducing - after what might have been a twenty-five year absence - Morning Prayer back to Truro on a Sunday morning.
When I first came to Truro when I was a freshman in college, the parish was still doing Morning Prayer three times a month with Eucharist just once a month on Sundays. That changed to Eucharist every Sunday instead in the early-mid 1980s. One of the cool things I'd forgotten were the nifty clergy vestments - so typical of Virginia's liturgical history that was centered for so many centuries on Morning Prayer. It was a far cry from the new emphasis on copes and mitres we mused on earlier - it does seem that the more The Episcopal Church withdraws from it's orthodox foundations, the more elaborate the vestments become. The Morning Prayer vestments reminded me how simple it once was - and still could be.
The worship and teaching and prayer rocked too - quite a surprise, even without the Eucharist. In fact, so much prayer was going on during the end of the last service we skipped the recessional all together! If it weren't for the Matt Maher concert later in the afternoon, there might still be people there praying for one another!
Morning Prayer this morning blended the traditional Episcopal liturgy with worship led by Matt Maher and his band and included great teachings by our new pastor of evangelism, Derek Rust. He concluded his "Just 10" series on the Ten Commandments. With a short break for lunch, we then opened the doors for the concert and Truro was packed again for a wonderful time of weaving rocking praise anthems with tender intimate compositions, written or adapted by Matt.
It was awesome. "I love this place," Matt said at the end of his concert. Well, we loved you too - come back soon!
Here's an interview of Matt with Chris Tomlin on New Song Cafe. They perform Your Grace is Enough as well as teach viewers how to play the song.
You can learn more about Matt Maher's music here.