PipeChat Digest #2450 - Wednesday, October 24, 2001
Re: Organists serving in other denominations (Was The NOT GOOD thread)
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>

(back) Subject: Re: Organists serving in other denominations (Was The NOT GOOD thread) From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 01:12:53 -0500       Mandy Glass wrote:   > I enjoyed your comments, Jeff, as this is something I've been stewing = over. I grew up in the Church of Christ, which, as y'all probably know, = tends to have strictly a cappella services. If I take a job at, say, a = Catholic church, I won't be "allowed" to take communion, and the services = will be foreign to me. How does one worship, in the traditional sense, in = that kind of situation?   Couple of comments here: first, while "officially" at a Catholic or a = Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod church you would not be "allowed" to take = communion (and as organist, you would probably be well enough known that = it would be discouraged), at other denominations, you might well be = welcomed to the table. This would be the case at the Episocpal church, or = (ELCA) Lutheran Church, for example.   Second, if you are going to accept a position in any parish in a tradition = with which you are not familiar, you need to educate yourself enough as to = the customs and theology of the tradition you are serving, simply so that = you can do a good job, and minimize the possibility of offense to those = you are serving, particularly if you are responsible for choosing more = music than the organ solos.   ns