Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 VGEC Atlanta Conference – October 12-15 Registration is in full swing

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis has specially priced rooms waiting for our 2017 VGEC  Conference October 12-15

By Ken Holloway, VGEC News Manager and Chuck Dale, Chair VGEC 2017 Annual Conference

Thanks to all the vergers who have registered for this year's Conference in Atlanta and booked hotel rooms at the Marriott Marquis. Your response has been exceptional! We are well on our way toward a record number of attendees.

Reservations have already been made for nearly 60% of the allocated “discount priced” rooms in just the first thirty days. If you have not reserved your hotel room, we urge you to book right now. The Marriott Marquis has been very cooperative working with us. When we run out of rooms, we anticipate being able to obtain some additional rooms, but as you might imagine, the earlier we make the request, the easier it will be to get the rooms. Later the Marriott Marquis may say no to any further rooms. So BOOK EARLY!

If you are a procrastinator and wait until all the rooms have been committed, do not fear. The hotel has over 1600 rooms; you’ll probably be able to get in; you simply won’t be able to get the $135.00 rate. Normal room rates for these dates start at $250.00.

If you do not want to stay at the Marriott Marquis, there are over 10,000 rooms within walking distance. You will be able to attend our Conference with just a little inconvenience, but incur a significant hit to your pocketbook.

In short – book your hotel room now at the Conference Hotel – Atlanta Marriott Marquis!

A dedicated hotel booking website has been created for the VGEC Annual Conference. To make your hotel reservation on-line, click HERE. 

If you wish to make your hotel reservations by telephone, please use the following dedicated Group Reservations phone numbers to make sure you can access the special block rates.

Reservations Toll Free: +1 (866) 469-5475
Reservations Local Phone: +1 (404) 521-0000

Atlanta Marriott Marquis may not be able to accept reservation inquiries on certain non-group reservation phone numbers or through their normal 800 number reservation lines.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

But where do we eat?...

Never fear! No one is going to go hungry when the Conference is not providing meals. The hotel has three full-service restaurants and a full-service Starbucks. A few steps from the VGEC Registration Desk is a Food Court with over two dozen fast food and coffee locations. Within walking distance of the Marriott Marquis are three dozen restaurants with many different ethnic cuisines, food specialties, and price ranges; and at least six fine dining restaurants with prices to match. Restaurant lists and brief descriptions will be provided in a future Vergers Voice post. Copies will also be in your welcome bags when you arrive in Atlanta.

Top 10 Reasons to attend the Atlanta Conference
Annual Conference Scholarship Program 

Each year, the VGEC provides up to 15 scholarships to cover $175 of the $225 registration expense ($275 after August 31st). The Mark Emory Graham (our Host Chapter namesake) Scholarship Fund of the VGEC will make these grants. They are intended to develop the ministry of the verger and will be considered for Junior Vergers, new Vergers, first time attendees, or those with a financial need. Click HERE to complete an online scholarship application.

Scott Smith, the President of the VGEC, will review the requests and will contact each member making a scholarship request. The process is very easy, so if you are interested, please complete the form today. The scholarship covers $175 of the registration fee but not transportation, lodging, or additional food or other expenses. Please contact [email protected] if you have questions about the scholarship or the application process.

Hope to see y'all in ATLANTA in October 2017!

Click the big red button to register for the 2017 Annual Conference opening on October 12th and running through noon on the 15th, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Abstract: The response to this year's VGEC Annual Conference in Atlanta has been exceptional with registrations already pointing toward a record number of attendees. Nearly 60% of the allocated “discount priced” rooms at the conference hotel have been reserved in just the first thirty days. If you have not reserved your hotel room, we urge you to book it now. We also outline the top 10 reasons to attend this years' conference and describe the Annual Conference Scholarship Program. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 VGEC Conference - Atlanta - October 12-15 - Registration Now Open

Register early for the conference and make your Marriott room reservations today.
By Ken Holloway, VGEC News Manager, with Chuck Dale, Chair VGEC 2017 Annual Conference

The 2017 VGEC Annual Conference travels to Atlanta, October 12-15, for good old "Southern Hospitality" graciously hosted by the Mark Emory Graham (MEG) Chapter of the VGEC and the congregations of the Diocese of Atlanta. The MEG chapter prepared the outstanding “Welcome to Atlanta” video inviting the VGEC to Atlanta. I encourage you to watch it by clicking here.

use this link to book your hotel rooms  

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For everything you want to know about the 2017 VGEC Conference in Atlanta, read the comprehensive conference page on our website. 

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is our conference hotel.
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

This hotel is the fourth largest hotel in the Marriott chain.
We have guaranteed 200 rooms at $135.00 plus tax.  The normal rate is close to $250.00.
Hotel rooms at the $135.00 rate are available on a first come, first serve basis.
The group rate is available one day pre-and post-event, subject to hotel availability.
If we run out of rooms, or if someone wants to stay somewhere else, there are over 10,000 rooms within walking distance of the Marriott Marquis.

Online and phone reservations for the hotel will be accepted beginning today. A dedicated booking website has been created just for the VGEC Annual Conference so that you will be able to make, modify and cancel your hotel reservations online, and take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. Again, to make your hotel reservations on line, click HERE,

If you wish to make your hotel reservations by telephone, use the following dedicated Group Reservations phone numbers to make sure you get the special block reservation rates.
Reservations Toll Free: 1-866-469-5475
Reservations Local Phone: 1-404-521-0000
Atlanta Marriott Marquis may not be able to accept reservation inquiries on certain non-group reservation phone numbers or through their normal 800 number reservation lines, so use the numbers denoted above.

Ten Top Reasons to be at this year's conference:

Join us in Atlanta for one of the very best VGEC Annual conferences ever!

Click the big red button to register for the 2017 Annual Conference opening on October 12th and running through noon on the 15th, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Top Ten Moments at VGEC 2016 Spokane Conference

The Official Photo of the 28th Annual Conference of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church

By the VGEC Communications Team

Here are some snap shots of a few of the activities we enjoyed at this year's VGEC Conference in Spokane, hosted by Dallas Hawkins and a host of vergers from the Spokane area.

Which photo do you like best?

Dallas sorts through registration name tags for eager conference attendees

The ladies of the "St Monica Guild" serving dinner at the 2016 conference. The food was amazing!

VGEC Board meeting on Thursday morning at the Davenport Hotel

Morning Prayer on Friday morning in the Nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Duke DuTeil demonstrates some virges during Verger 101

The Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefforts Shori sent us out in groups on a field trip looking for borders.

The 28th Annual Business Meeting of the VGEC on Saturday morning

Brand new Fellows of the VGEC who were recognized at the Saturday night awards banquet

Our keynote speaker the Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefforts Shori was also the preacher at the Sunday morning Holy Eucharist

The Thurifer contemplates the use of the jabot while censing the vergers seated in the transept

This picture says it all

To see all the photos that were taken at the conference, be sure to check out our 2016 Flickr Albums and also go to Facebook and search for #vgec28 and you will find a large number of posts with photos from attendees.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Meet the 2016 VGEC Board Nominees

A few past VGEC Boards - What will the future hold?

By Ken Holloway, VGEC News Manager, with Duke DuTeil, VGEC Treasurer and Nomination Committee member

We will be electing three board members at our Annual Conference in Spokane during the business meeting, on Saturday morning, September 24th.The leadership of the guild is defined in the VGEC Bylaws and is based on the vestry model in which each year three of the nine board members are elected to serve a three-year term. When the new board is established at the annual conference, it immediately elects its officers: a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Those officers serve a one-year term and may be re-elected at the next conference or the board may choose to elect different officers.

The three board members who have expiring terms are Rich Lammlin, Barry Norris, and Richard Parker. All three of these members are eligible to stand for another term on the board. Barry Norris and Richard Parker have agreed to stand for election to another three year term. Rich Lammlin has informed the Nomination Committee that he would not be able to serve on the board because of increased responsibilities in his parish and diocese.

Your Nominations Committee submits the following four candidates for your consideration. Our sincere thanks to all these VGEC members willing to stand for election to leadership positions.

In alphabetical order, here are their statements:

Scott G.N. Crowell, St Francis Episcopal Church, Palos Verdes Estates, California

Scott was born and raised United Methodist in Houston and loved going to church. In 1986 he had a British roommate who was away that Christmas, so he decided to have a British Christmas Eve and went to St. Francis Episcopal Houston for Christmas Eve Mass and was hooked on the liturgy and converted to the Episcopal Church. The next year, he moved across town and moved his letter to Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, where the 1998 Conference was held. He met Rob Rhynerson there and became very inspired of the Verger program, yet did not join the ranks of Vergers as they had enough. Scott moved to Las Vegas for work in 1994 where he met Sean Saunders his life partner/husband and have been together since 21 Feb 1995. Scott was appointed Verger in 2000 at Christ Church Episcopal to assist the other two Vergers. During his training he was called to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Henderson, NV by his friend stating they needed a Verger program started there. In 2002, Scott made the change and worked for the next several years instilling the Verger Program in Henderson including taking the training course in 2004. While there, the liturgist had to take a medical leave for several months, and Scott filled his shoes working with the Rector on planning and orchestrating the liturgies. He was installed as Verger by +The Right Reverend Katharine Jefferts-Schori in 2004 when she was Bishop of the Diocese of Nevada. Scott served under her as Diocesan Verger assisting at Diocesan events. Later Scott was asked to serve as one of the many Vergers at Bishop Jefferts-Schori’s Installation at Washington National Cathedral. Scott later became Head Verger with the addition of one additional Verger, trained under his guidance. In 2007 Sean was transferred to Los Angeles and Scott moved his letter to St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Episcopal Church, Hollywood. Scott served as usher, lector, and acolyte including the Saturday evening Latin Vigil Mass. St. Thomas is very high church, but Scott did not serve as Verger there as they have a ceremonial Verger only used on Christmas, Easter and high feast days and only to process the clergy in and out. They have a Master of Ceremony and Sub Deacon that do the normal Verger duties every Mass. St. Thomas is 27.5 miles away from where Scott and Sean reside. In 2011, with a major road works project on one of the freeways and a marathon taking place the same Sunday, it took Scott 2.5 hours to get home and Scott decided to find a new parish closer in. Scott moved his letter to St. Francis Episcopal Church where he instantly became Verger there, one of 11 vergers, although presently only 2 are members of the guild. Through time, he has served on the Altar Guild, the Worship Team, assisted with liturgies, and served as the Worship Shepherd. The rector often goes to Scott as the go-to person for liturgy suggestions and questions. In 2016, Scott was invited to serve as Verger for a week at Carlisle Cathedral to learn the ropes of being an English cathedral verger. Ever since Scott has joined the guild, he has attended 4 conferences: Dallas 2004, Sewanee 2005, Nashville 2013, St. Louis 2015, and is attending Spokane 2016 and planning on attending Atlanta 2017. Scott looks very forward to working with the board of directors and officers of the VGEC and thanks those who nominated him as well as those who elected him.

Darin Herndon, VGEC Technology Manager, St Augustine Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Darin Herndon was raised in the Southern Baptist Church but found his love for liturgy and liturgical worship, along with his the love of his life (his wife Katherine), in the Episcopal Church. From usher to lector to Lay Eucharistic Minister to acolyte master to verger, his focus of service in the Episcopal Church has always centered on our communal worship. He is currently Head Verger for the former mission now parish of St. Augustine of Canterbury, a growing community of faith in Oklahoma City. He has been a member of the VGEC for six and a half years, has served as Technology Manager for the guild for three years, and joined the VGEC pilgrimage in the UK in the summer of 2014.

Professionally, Darin is the Oklahoma area Consulting Engineer for a firm providing professional IT services and equipment which he joined last December. Prior to that he served in a variety of senior technical, supervisory, and internal consulting positions for over 22 years at both a fortune 500 firm and a privately held architectural engineering firm. Much of Darin’s experience has centered on creating or improving technology and processes to achieve business goals and to improve competitive advantages.

An Eagle Scout, Darin has previously served multiple years on local council or regional executive boards of the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of the University of Tulsa, majoring in management and minoring in finance, Darin is currently approaching 20 years of serving on the IT program’s curriculum advisory committee at a branch of the Oklahoma State University system. Academically a business and finance focused individual, he has aptitudes for technology and strategic planning and management that have guided his career. Darin has served as Technology Manager of the VGEC leading the monthly maintenance of the technology infrastructure of the organization for the past three years. Darin is honored to be nominated and considered for a position on the VGEC Board. If elected, he will bring his prior board level and professional experience to contribute with the other board members in the guild’s planning, direction, governance, growth, financial and strategic management, and (of course) technology; all with the perspective of supporting the individual vergers of our Church.

Barry S Norris, VGEC Guild Shop Committee Chair, 2015 General Convention VGEC Booth Co-Chair, Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, Pennsylvania

Head Verger, Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, PA
Cradle Episcopalian
Became Verger in 2005
Joined Guild 2005. Earned Fellowship 2006.
Attended my first conference at Sewanee in 2005 and have attended every conference since
Elected to the Boar d in 2013
Assumed responsibility for Guild Shop within my first year on the Board
Co-chair of the VGEC booth at General Convention in Salt Lake City in 2015

Warden of Church of the Holy Spirit Vestry for 7 years
Diocesan Council 5 years, Finance/Budget Committee 7 years
Chaperone for J2A Youth Groups for three pilgrimages to the UK
Responsible for training and scheduling for all lay ministries

In summary, I take care of the logistics so our priest can take care of the people. I would be honored to serve the VGEC membership for another three years.

Richard A. Parker, VGEC Board Secretary, VGEC Chapter Development Committee member, Founding member, Diocese of North Carolina Chapter of the VGEC, Church of the Holy Comforter, Burlington, North Carolina

I am the Head Verger at my Parish Church in Burlington, North Carolina. I joined the Vergers Guild in 2011 and was awarded my Training Certificate at the Annual Conference in 2012. I currently serve as the Secretary to the Guild.

My work in my local church includes all of the normal duties of the verger which I have enjoyed over the past five years. My work on the VGEC Board of Directors has included two years on the Chapter Development Committee and now one year as your Secretary. I write the minutes for all of the Board meetings as well as the agendas for the upcoming meetings. I also enjoy attending the Mid-Year Meetings at the host church for the annual conference.

If elected for another 3 year term, I would gladly continue to serve as the Secretary for the Guild. Please accept my nomination for a seat on the Board of Directors.

Click the big red button to register for the 2016 Annual Conference opening on September 22nd and running through noon on the 25th, in Spokane, Washington. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Abstract: Every year the VGEC elects three of the nine board members to serve, using the vestry model of rotating three-year terms. This is your opportunity to get to know the candidates for the VGEC Board election, coming up on Saturday morning, September 24th in Spokane, Washington.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Verger 307 - Keep Calm and Ask a Verger

At the VGEC Annual Conference in St. Louis in October 2015, Bob Mikrut and Cindy Ware leading the "Verger 307" Workshop

By Bob Mikrut, Head Verger at Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, PA

When questions come up just before the service or during planning meetings, we always encourage our congregations, worship teams, acolytes, altar guild, musicians and (sometimes) clergy to, "Ask a Verger!" But when we are stumped or encounter a situation new to us, who do we vergers consult? Answer: "Ask another verger!"

I reside in Philadelphia where I am Head Verger at Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, in the western suburbs. I have co-conducted this workshop since the 2013 Conference in Nashville. Co-presenters with me have included past VGEC past-president and retired Head Verger from Trinity Wall Street, David Jette, and Head Verger Cindy Ware, from Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, KY. Joining me this year to co-present is David Barr, Dean's Verger at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, CO.

We expect questions will abound in the Verger 307 workshop, one of two very informative workshops scheduled for this year’s VGEC 28th Annual Conference in Spokane, Washington, September 22nd through 25th. This conference session features the chance for vergers to talk to other vergers about situations that occur during liturgy, between service participants, or even staff and or clergy. V-307 is for the “well-seasoned” verger, someone who has experience under his or her belt (or chemiere), in any size parish. As a bonus, we have extended the length of the session this year to 90 minutes because it seems we never have enough time to talk!

At past conferences, there was always Verger 101 which is designed to provide a time for those new to the verger ministry to ask questions and talk about what we do as vergers, but many of us felt that we wanted to ask the more experienced vergers about some of the finer points of our ministry. So, at our 25th Anniversary Conference at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, we decided to take action to address the requests for conversation among experienced vergers. Thus, Verger 307 was born.

This workshop consists of question and answer discussions, using pertinent questions that we have heard in previous sessions which work well for many problems or situations that occur for vergers. These questions will be available to session attendees very soon so that you can be ready to discuss them. We will also be asking for new questions and circumstances that occurred in your parishes when you didn’t quite know “what to do” or asked, “did I do the right thing?” We will soon send out a survey to all participants of 307 to collect those questions for consideration to be part of the session. Who knows, your question might take precedence over one from past sessions!

If you have not registered for Spokane, there is still time to register, there are still rooms available, and it is never too late to sign up to attend the Verger 307 workshop! Conference Registration is available through the VGEC Guild Shop using the big red button below. If you are registered for Verger 307, we look forward to seeing you in about six weeks.

Click the big red button to register for the 2016 Annual Conference opening on September 22nd and running through noon on the 25th, in Spokane, Washington. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Abstract: Even as experienced vergers, we often have questions about the verger ministry in general. Three years ago, in Nashville, we added a discussion and conversation session for vergers who had been in practice for three or more years. Please send us all of the topics you want to hear discussed during the Verger 307 Training Seminar at this year's VGEC Conference in Spokane, September 22-25.

Friday, July 29, 2016

"Verger 101" Training Session at the 2016 VGEC Annual Conference

Duke DuTeil at the helm of Verger 101 in Nashville in October, 2013 at our conference celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the VGEC's founding
By Claude "Duke" DuTeil, VGEC Training Adviser

In about 2 months, the Vergers Guild will convene its annual conference, slated for September 22nd through 25th in the glorious city of Spokane, Washington. It's not too late to sign up to attend the conference. Conference Registration is available through the VGEC website or just click the big red button at the bottom of this post. There is still room for you at the conference - you can stay at the alternate conference hotel (with me and VGEC President Scott Smith and many others at a really good rate with free WiFi and breakfast) and Southwest Airlines can get you to Spokane from almost anywhere in the US and Canada at a pretty competitive ticket price.

At every annual conference there are a number of outstanding training sessions and seminars offered. Many of the session topics vary from conference to conference, but we always have the Verger 101 and Verger 307 training sessions. As your training adviser, I have had the privilege to lead the the Verger 101 seminar for the past few conferences and the Guild leadership asked me to lead this seminar again this year. I am the retired Head Verger at the Washington National Cathedral. Two years ago, building on the dedicated work of a number of fellow vergers, I updated the VGEC Verger Training Course to its current 2015 edition.

What is Verger 101 and who should attend? Verger 101 is an informal question and answer seminar designed to provide a time for those new to the verger ministry to ask questions and talk about what we do as vergers. Anyone is welcome to attend Verger 101 but it is designed for those who are new to the ministry or have been a verger for less than 3 years. For those more experienced vergers a concurrent seminar, Verger 307, is offered.

Serious preparation for Verger 101 begins about a month before the conference. At that time, we will send out a survey to those who indicated in their conference registration a desire to attend 101. This is where you can help form the substance of the Verger 101 training session. From the response to this survey, I will put together a presentation to address the issues those attending have said they want to know more about. That presentation is the starting place for a interactive lively discussion about what it means to be a Verger in the Episcopal Church. At the session, any and all topics can be (and usually are) discussed. I'm looking forward to seeing what you want to learn this year.

Again, if you haven't registered for the conference it's not to late. I look forward to seeing you in Spokane. It's going to be great fun and a awesome learning experience.

Click the big red button to register for the 2016 Annual Conference opening on September 22nd and running through noon on the 25th, in Spokane, Washington. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Abstract: As a relatively new verger, what questions do you have about the verger ministry in general? Do you wonder about how other vergers coordinate service preparations with the altar guild or choirmaster? Do you want to know more about how a particular liturgical custom in the Episcopal Church originated? Do you wonder if there is a better formula for the fire used to initiate the Easter Vigil? Be sure to answer Duke DuTeil's questionnaire and include all of the topics you want to hear discussed during the Verger 101 Training Seminar at this year's VGEC Conference in Spokane on September 22-25.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Verging In Depth - Mastering The Daily Office

A few prayer references on The Rev. Canon  Matthew Corkern's book shelves
By The Rev. Canon Matthew Corkern, VGEC Chaplain and Rector at Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit, NJ

The most ancient practice in our church is daily prayer. That is, prayer after the form and pattern we learned from Jesus. The form of daily prayer (or The Daily Office) is derived from the Psalms. The pattern has a long and interesting historical evolution to the current practice of providing formal services in the Book of Common Prayer for Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline.

The custom of daily prayer is directly related to Christians, culturally, historically, and spiritually. At this year's annual conference in Spokane there will be a session on "Mastering the Daily Office." This service is truly a fascinating connection to Jesus.

Jesus' disciples and the earliest Christians prayed daily in groups or solitary settings. Collectively, the Psalms formed what is often referred to as "Jesus' Prayer Book." Likewise, the heart of what we do today when we pray individually and communally, is found in the Psalms.

Over the centuries, our prayers formed life and worship at the heart of the Church. As the books of the Bible were codified, a daily routine of prayer developed. Saints such as Ambrose of Milan,  Francis of Assisi, and Teresa of Avila wrote and shared prayers. Then, codified sacramentaries emerged in Latin across the Western Church and were used until the Reformation.

From the 1540's, Thomas Cranmer, with great influence from Martin Luther, gave us The Book of Common Prayer, using three main objectives in its composition:

First, the book should be written in English so that those of the "common" folk who could read would be able to understand its contents easily.

Second, the people should be able use this prayer book to pray and converse with God directly, without a priest's presence.

Third, the Bible along with the basic books of services would be available, in English, and readable by more of the population.

Additionally, the Sarum Rite's eight monastic services were collapsed into Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. These two principal daily services, to which special services for certain days which the church required to be kept holy, made the very act of getting through a day of prayer became more approachable for the "reformed Anglican Church".  Further Compline was added to be read just before bed time and could be said alone.

Thus, the structure and content for daily holy life was put directly into the hands of each individual. Our prayer book has been revised several times down the ages only in custom of culturally advancing language and theological polity.

This leads us to ask: is the Daily Office relevant today?  We know that we all have the right to sit alone and pray, extemporaneously or using formal written prayer forms. The Daily Office exists to give us a strong sense of continuity through the ages, using the same lessons, psalms, phrases, and prayer sequences in an all-inclusive version in daily fashion to commune with God, praying as is done around the world using a liturgy, now more than 500 years old, which is fully rooted in Jesus' practices with his disciples.

So, how can one follow this prayer custom? All you need is your Book of Common Prayer. Yet if you are to be intentional about praying the Daily Office, you will need to find the lessons of the day and the Psalms appointed for the day. Use the Lesser Feasts and Fasts or the currently evolving Holy Women Holy Men, to get to know the people who are the saints of the church, the cloud of witnesses for their faithfulness.

We can read straight through the prayers in Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline in the BCP, following the rubrics. Or we can access expanded contemplation by using Holy Women, Holy Men with its cited psalms and scriptures and a short biography of the saint who is celebrated on each calendar day. By taking that next step and including prayers, scripture and research of the saint(s) of the day, we get a well rounded perspective of our own position, echoing prayers of our brothers and sisters around the world who are doing the same thing, at the same time.

I believe that the Daily Office allows us to better know that we are a part of the greater whole. We are not alone.The custom of implementing the Daily Office in churches differs around the world, but centrally, we all pray daily using the same prayers and scriptures our ancient ancestor employed.

What a beautiful and comforting thought?!

The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer
SPCK Book of Christian Prayer
Give Us Grace: An Anthology of Anglican Prayer - Christopher Weber
2000 Years of Prayer - Michael Council
Commentary on the American Prayer Book - Marion J. Hatchett
A Year With American Saints - Weber and Cady
Celebrating the Seasons - Robert Atwell
Celebrating the Saints - Robert Atwell

Click the big red button to register for the 2016 Annual Conference opening on September 22nd and running through noon on the 25th, in Spokane, Washington. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Abstract: What is the Daily Office? Where did it originate? How is it used today? The Rev. Canon Matthew Corkern, Chaplain of the VGEC, gives us some background and practical advice on this prayer process as originated while Jesus and his disciples traveled the land, praying and preaching to anyone who wanted to hear the word.