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TOWARD KEEPING OUR WORSHIP FRESH
There is a profound longing and desire to revitalize our worship, both to provide spiritual freshness for those currently attending our churches, as well as to be more relevant to those whom we desire to invite to our churches. One of the ways the Episcopal Church in Wyoming will be serving to meet this need is to be a strategic resource for new and fresh alternative liturgies that resonate with or are based upon our distinct Anglican/Episcopal ethos and spirituality. In this regard, our Worship Committee, led by Rev. Megan Nickles from St. John’s Church in Powell, is working on creating an online resource library of liturgies for our Wyoming congregations and beyond.
We will be doing this through a new worship website. In addition to this worship library being a dynamic liturgical resource, we will be providing on-going practical training as to how to best benefit from these various resources. Click link below for the most recent WyoWorship Committee services.
This forthcoming worship website will focus on the following three liturgical categories.
Liturgies from throughout the Anglican Communion and beyond
In addition to our own Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer, this section will include beautiful and moving liturgies from other Churches in the Anglican Communion (such as from New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, the Church of South India, the Church of Kenya, etc.). Additionally, we will provide links to alternative liturgical resources, such as Celtic-oriented liturgies, among numerous others.
This area will include the growing number of liturgies that have been developed or will be developed growing out of our own Wyoming context - such as those relating to the beautiful and majestic natural world all around us here, to the distinct spiritualties that are reflected in our state. Examples of this are our Wyoming Eucharistic Prayer, the Wyoming Gloria, and Native American-oriented liturgies that will be developed from which we can all benefit.
Liturgies that are developed through our Worship Committee
Our liturgical committee will be providing on an ongoing basis liturgical resources they have developed for our use, that are written here in Wyoming. These creative and deeply spiritual liturgies will be related to specific seasons of our liturgical calendar, to feasts and festivals, to specific celebrations, as well as to felt needs (i.e. “Liturgy of Healing with Holy Communion” for the Prevention of Suicide,” etc.)
Rev. Megan Nickles (Chair), St. John’s, Powell, Wyoming
Rev. Mary Caucutt, Christ Church, Cody, Wyoming
The Very Rev. Brian Gross, Dean, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Laramie, Wyoming
Rev. Bobbe Fitzhugh, Canon for Mission, Outreach & Evangelism, Casper, Wyoming
Rev. Lara Gilbert, Canon for Canon for Spiritual Formation & Congregational Development and Dean of the Wyoming Iona School, Casper, Wyoming
Rev. Pamela Bright, St. Paul’s, Evanston, Wyoming