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PRESBYTERIAN
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 Brentwood’s Missional Musicking
  Holy Week Jazz Evensong service.
By the Rev. Dr. Brian Fraser, Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Burnaby, B.C.
Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Burnaby, B.C., is a small, simple space. The sanctuary seats 100, and there are a couple of small offices upstairs, along with a large, open space downstairs that has a kitch- en, washrooms and a bit of room for storage. Over the past 10 years, we’ve invested $100,000 in renova- tions and equipment to make this space more welcoming to musicians in Greater Vancouver, especially the jazz community who are our primary missional neighbours.
Prior to the introduction of physical distancing measures, missional mu- sicking took place almost every day
Some of the people who work with the Spirit to make the missioning at Brentwood Presbyterian Church happen.
in the sanctuary—lessons, practic- ing, concerts, workshops and wor- ship services. Our Sunday morning services always offered the oppor- tunity for fellowship with a potluck lunch afterwards. Every Wednesday evening, we offered Jazz Evensong with a performance by a different jazz group each week.
The congregation has established a big band as a parallel ministry— The Brentwood Jazz All-Stars—led by our associate music director, Ben MacRae. The band has commis- sioned a suite of songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood arranged by Jill Townsend, as well as a big band version of “The Prodigal Son Suite” by our music director, Dan Reynolds.
At Brentwood, we see all these compassionate connections with mu-
sicians and their supporters as a way in which we can be ambassadors of the Trinity’s forgiving and reconciling love (2 Corinthians 5:19–20).
The number of people who work with the Spirit to make this mission- ing happen is small, in some ways, but all are active participants in nour- ishing souls to flourish in the grace of Jesus Christ through worship, learn- ing, fellowship and service. That’s the mission we composed in 2009 and it still guides us as we identify new strategic priorities for our mis- sioning each year.
During this time of pandemic, we’ve taken our missional musicking online. We’ve made Jazz Evensong available, using clips from previous services and concerts. Our Sunday morning worship services are live- streamed. Dan and Ben do the music that is embedded into our PowerPoint slides, which recently included an original composition of Ben’s based on Psalm 23.
Interesting opportunities and suc- cesses have emerged from distanc- ing, such as a new Saturday morning prayer group. Our online Jazz Even- songs have been getting anywhere
from 175 to 1,100 views. We also had the opportunity to provide some songs for a group of four churches in the Niagara Peninsula who are work- ing together on summer services for their neighbourhoods. So, lots of seeds are being scattered!
As with most small congregations, Brentwood’s main gatherings are for worship, so taking these services on- line has been a major shift. We wanted the online service for Sunday morning worship to be live and interactive in or- der to sustain a sense of community during the shutdown. Grants from our presbytery and the PCC have enabled us to strengthen our communications platforms, thereby extending our cir- cles of inspiration and influence.
The pastoral contact networks within the congregation have also
deepened, with people volunteering to keep in touch with members of our church and jazz community. Sev- eral have had their revenue streams disrupted, especially musicians who rely on the gig economy.
We have continued to pay the mu- sicians whose Jazz Evensong perfor- mances were cancelled as a result of the pandemic. We have also applied for funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program to hire three of our mu- sicians and to help us work toward promoting the Brentwood sanctu- ary as a community arts centre. All in all, the disruptions to our regular patterns are creating space to imag- ine new possibilities for nourishing souls to flourish in the grace of Jesus Christ through worship, learning, fel- lowship and service.
 Brentwood Presbyterian Church received an innovation grant from the PCC to help them start a podcast for
people who are
curious about church.
  The Strange Case of
the Almost-Missing Windows
By Laura Van Loon, pastoral care nurse, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Saskatoon, Sask.
These two windows were dedicated on May 27, 1984, in the altar area of Parkview Presbyterian Church in Saskatoon, Sask. Ron Baily, and his brother, Don, who is an elder at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Saskatoon, placed them in memory of two long-term elders of Parkview: their father, William Ronald Bailey,
and his best friend, the Rev. Richard J. Nixon.
The dove of peace represents their father, who was a CNR locomotive engineer for 40 years, because he was a man of unruffled contentment, a man of peace. The Celtic Cross represents the lifelong preaching and teaching service by the Rev. Nixon, Principal of the Saskatoon Bible Col- lege in its early days.
When Parkview Presbyterian Church closed in 2008, two Parkview ladies,
Joan Sande and Elma Horseman, saved the panels and windows, and they were placed in storage until this year, when the Session of St. An- drew’s agreed to install the windows on their walls near the sanctuary. Special lighting and mounting have made them an extraordinary addition to the front of our church. The bless- ed recovery of these beautiful memo- rial windows is a symbol recognizing the heritage of Parkview Presbyterian Church.
The word “musicking” was coined by musicologist Christopher Small, and refers to all the various relationships involved in generating social meaning through music.
   






























































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