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Video: Dent Davidson's Sermon at the 139th Annual Convention
"I think that's how our liturgy can function. It should reflect our experience of a missional God, the one who sends the word made flesh to dwell among us -- and then in turn it should fire our hearts and send us into the world bearing the brand of God, the mark we receive in baptism. "This sending out is serious. It's why we're marked with the sign of the cross, and not a smiley face."
This is how Dent Davidson, missioner for liturgy and the arts in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, described the role of liturgy in the missional church, in his sermon at the Friday Eucharist at the 139th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. (Time: 14:59)
A church musician since his teens and a celebrated preacher, Davidson has dedicated his talents to unite voices in song with joy and passion. He serves on the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music of The Episcopal Church, and as music chaplain to the House of Bishops.