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Cathedral packs ’em in for the 4th

Cathedral packs ’em in for the 4th

Grace Cathedral in Topeka had a traditional, sparsely attended Fourth of July service for years. And then their new Organist and Choirmaster arrived. A few changes, and now the service draws people from all over the state.

An article in the Capital-Times talks about the difference the changes have made:

“Looking back, he said the service may have been a bit too heavy in Episcopal-style worship for the general populace — folks who wanted to come decked out in red, white and blue clothing and celebrate Independence Day.

So, without removing all religious components, Burk helped transform the service into something that would appeal to a broader audience.

The move has paid off, as people drive from as far away as Emporia and the Kansas City area to attend the annual Fourth of July service, which will next take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the cathedral, 701 S.W. 8th.

A crowd of about 800 people is expected to pack the cathedral for the service, which is followed by an ice cream social in the rose garden just west of the Great Hall.”

Does your congregation do anything special for the 4th of July? Would you be willing to make changes to make the service more accessible?


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LA Episcopal priest

FWIW, its the Capital-Journal, not the Capital-Times.

Its my hometown and I’m glad to see something other than Phelps get noticed. Good for Grace Cathedral for reaching out to the community, as they do in many ways. An echo of the idea that the Anglicans and the American Episcopalians are the Catholic Church of the English speaking people and that the Cathedral is for all the people and has privileged place among all the houses of worship.

“Yankee-Doodle Dandy” in church? Not my style. Pledge of Allegiance? I think I’d rather discreetly step out than say it in that sacred place. God bless them anyway.

Again, Good for Grace!

Fr. William Ledbetter

Susan Hedges

I found the only comment made at the actual article rather offensive, but I didn’t feel pushed to sign in and actually start something. I am glad it’s on Monday. But I would not want to go to the one that is described in article. Red, White and Blue is not my color! 😉

Chas Marks

The service is on Monday, July 4 and does not take the place of the Sunday Eucharist.

Clint Davis

Just a couple of thoughts. First of all, this is probably way better than the tacky “programs” put on by Baptists and their ilk. Second of all, I think “Sure, why not?” but my problem is doing this at the time of the principal Sunday Eucharist, and at the Cathedral no less. Sure, an early afternoon, get in out of the heat sort of event for some good music and prayers for our country would be a great idea for those into that sort of patriotic display. But this, at this time, with all this stuff, kinda makes my belly roll around.


The Pledge of Allegiance in church? O_o

JMO, but I think someone may have got Jesus’s analogy (w/ the coin) about God and Caesar backwards.

JC Fisher

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