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I'm almost finished with one of my papers. Woohoo! It was due yesterday. :P But it'll be fine. I've got my last paper due at the end of the month. Only a couple more weeks!

I think I'm going to have time to go to the hymnsing at Fullsteam tonight. Amelia's coming with me. I'm so excited! I really miss her when she's gone.

My brother finished up with school the other day. I'm so excited for him! He's got a great job lined up.

I've realized I really need to get started on learning Spanish. I've ordered a Spanish-language prayerbook and hymnal. I think that when I go to school, I'm going to organize a group of people to have regular Spanish-language services together. That'll make it easier to learn with a group. I hope by the time I go to school in May that I'll have enough Spanish down to be able to speak a little bit conversationally. I'm going to start going to Unida Iglesia, the Spanish-language services at my church. And I hope to attend St. Cyprian's more often.
So I've been throwing around a project idea lately. I'm working towards a fully sung liturgy for either morning or evening prayer this January. I'm taking it purely from the Book of Common Prayer with most of the music coming from Hymnal 1982. I'm making the order of service into a bookmark so that it's easy to follow.

I'm also working with the idea of fully sung liturgies, I imagine a 10-15min liturgy that includes a full service of prayer. The liturgies could be sung in church, broadcasting on the web, at festivals, and even in bars (like how Fullsteam's brewpub hosts hymnsings).

My project idea is this: Take a modern prayerbook or prayerbook series and fully translate it into sung liturgies. Right now I'm really partial to Phyllis Tickle's The Divine Hours, but I'm also looking at Shane Claiborne's Common Prayer. From there, an app could be developed. I'm really getting into apps for orders of service these days. I'd also probably revise some of their work, as we should always be reforming.

I'm also considering how this project could be informed by other modern prayerbooks. I want to honor diverse traditions without tokenizing or taking prayers out of context. And I'm considering how that could faithfully be done.

It'd be a big project, particularly with The Divine Hours. But this could be a project for the next several years.

My next step is definitely to work on the liturgies I have planned for the January session.
1. A fully sung liturgy according to the Book of Common Prayer
2. A Coffee Liturgy
3. A Liturgy of Light and Darkness for Epiphany.

And one of my goals this year (by the end of June session) is to preach at least once. I figure I could do that in a midday prayer service.

As I write these liturgies and whatnot, I'ma save them for my portfolio. I also plan to videorecord some of these services. Some of these I think will bloom into other services as well. For instance, I have a range of themes on which I hope to do coffee liturgies. And I hope that the Liturgy of Light and Darkness will eventually bloom into an Epiphany vigil. But this is a good place to start.

Anywho. Enough rambling. I've got revision to do on some papers. Ttyl.
So next summer when I go to Boston, the scholarship I'm getting is going to cover not only tuition, but also a lot of my living expenses. That's really a relief. I'm excited that I'll be able to concentrate on my studies. I also plan to do a lot with worship and prayer in the chapel. I'm so excited!

I'm looking at churches in the area. The one I really am considering is Union UMC in Boston. I went to a service there this past summer and it was pretty fantastic. So That's where I'm setting my sights.

I sing in church this Sunday. I'm doing a Rebecca St. James song as well as singing the Lord's Prayer. I'm hoping I've practiced enough!

Here, have some good music. ^_^
I've been learning a lot lately. I'm reading a book right now on the history of my hometown and its racial struggles, particularly in the 70s. It's hard reading, and I didn't learn this history growing up. I'm working on coming to terms with these details about my hometown.

I went to St. Cyprian's Episcopal in Oxford today. It was a really nice service. It was both in English and Spanish, as the congregation includes both English-speaking people and Spanish-speaking people. Everyone was really nice and they had ice cream afterwards. ^_^

I've got papers to work on now, but I just wanted to update and share what I have been learning recently.
I'm considering what I might do after I finish school. I have several ideas.
1. I eventually want to get a PhD in theology. That's an ultimate goal, hopefully to be completed by the time I'm 45.
2. I'm considering traveling. I'd like to take a pilgrimage to Wyoming. I'm also considering traveling through Latin America for several years, and perhaps studying in Buenos Aires.
3. I eventually want to settle in the Johnson City area. I imagine that my ministry work will involve travel, maybe ministering in multiple congregations, teaching, organizing, and ecumenical work.

I still have yet to see how all of this will play out, and I'm excited to see the path that lies before me. All I know is that I'm following Jesus every step of the way.

In other news, I've been using a prayerbook by Phyllis Tickle. Phyllis Tickle is an Episcopal author and speaker, and she has compiled prayers to be prayed throughout the day. I've really been enjoying using these devotionally. It's so nice to be able to return to Scripture several times through the day.

Anywho, that's all I've got for now. I should work on papers.

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I'm almost finished with one of my papers. Woohoo! It was due yesterday. :P But it'll be fine. I've got my last paper due at the end of the month. Only a couple more weeks!

I think I'm going to have time to go to the hymnsing at Fullsteam tonight. Amelia's coming with me. I'm so excited! I really miss her when she's gone.

My brother finished up with school the other day. I'm so excited for him! He's got a great job lined up.

I've realized I really need to get started on learning Spanish. I've ordered a Spanish-language prayerbook and hymnal. I think that when I go to school, I'm going to organize a group of people to have regular Spanish-language services together. That'll make it easier to learn with a group. I hope by the time I go to school in May that I'll have enough Spanish down to be able to speak a little bit conversationally. I'm going to start going to Unida Iglesia, the Spanish-language services at my church. And I hope to attend St. Cyprian's more often.

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