Mississippi Conference On Church Music and Liturgy - History



2007 Theme

   Rise, O Church


Christ Church- Bay St. Louis, MS - Rising From Katrina



The conference theme, “Rise, O Church,” takes its title from a hymn by Susan Cherwien. It bids us remember “God the wonder of our days” and to rise “transformed” into the “future God has called us to receive.” In this conference particularly we rise by learning to sing where we are, stewarding our resources well, studying both old and new music, revitalizing the audacity of our hope, dispelling fear, learning about liturgical materials like the Revised Common Lectionary, and sharing our joys and sorrows.


Katrina leveled their buildings, but churches which once inhabited them are rising with transformed vigor and vision. Subtler forces have tried to seize control of them, but churches are rising with a transformed sense of their being and message. So also in the liturgy and music of the Church, we “Rise . . . like Christ arisen.”



Some of Our Past Conference Themes ...

  • 2006 ~ Entertaining Angels Unawares:

  •                        Creating Hospitable and Faithful Liturgy

  • 2005 ~ The Church Musician as Pastor:

  •                        Spirituality and Resources

  • 2004 ~ Spirits, Saints, and Sinners: A Lesser Triduum:

  •                        All Hallows Eve The Feast of All Saints All Souls Day

  • 2003 ~ The Great Fifty Days of Easter

  • 2002 ~ The Great Vigil of Easter


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