Liturgy: Cool Creeds

With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

—Psalm 98:6

So why not also with alto sax, clarinet, bongos and bass? Increasingly, U.S. churches are coming around to the idea that contemporary worship can have a contemporary beat, and jazz in the liturgy, once a way for adventurous pastors to shock their congregations, is now taken seriously as an approach that Christianity can follow in praising the Lord. More important, the jazz being heard in cathedral chancels is no longer amateurish doodling at Dixieland by clerics...

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