The Psalms: Timeless texts for Prayer, Praise & Proclamation (Report, Nov. 18, 2006)

A workshop celebrating and interpreting the major themes of the Psalms in word and song, presented by Reverend Dr. Gerald Hobbs (Professor of Church History and Music, Vancouver School of Theology). Presented in conjunction with St. Peter’s United Church and Manitou Conference on Saturday, November 18, 2006 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) at St. Peter’s United Church (203 York Street) in Sudbury, Ontario.

This wonderful workshop was attended by 50 laypersons and clergy from the United Church as well as the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Presbyterian faiths. A $15 registration fee defrayed the costs of lunch, coffee breaks and materials for participants.

Gerald chose for study, Psalms representative of the three major themes:

  • Orientation – we offer praise to God for the wonderful gifts of God’s creation.
  • Disorientation – the world is often hostile and we lament our separation from God.
  • New Orientation – God can guide us through our troubles to a new view and life.

This really was a workshop, with participants saying and singing Psalms, discussing interpretations at table groups, painting their representations of a lament, acting out Psalm sections and even dancing their praise. Gerald’s rich background in music, scholarship and interpretation and his lively presentations were real gifts for all.

The psalms_report is available in PDF format.

St. Peter’s United Church
Manitou Conference – United Church of Canada
The Manitou Intentional Learning Community

St. Peter’s United Church is located at 203 York Street, Sudbury. A map to this location can be viewed by clicking here.

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