Ian Heston Doescher

Ian Heston Doescher

Ian Heston Doescher received his M.Div. at Yale Divinity School and his Ph.D. in Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
He is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) interested in exploring new liturgies and inventive ways of using music in worship. Ian lives in Portland, Oregon with his spouse, the Reverend Jennifer Crewsell (an Episcopal priest), and their two children.

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Articles

A Hearty Eucharist

By Ian Heston Doescher
Every Christian denomination that includes communion—the Eucharist or Lord's Supper—as one of its regular practices recognizes the thanks-giving aspect, and in that… read more

Don't Leave Your Congregation in the Dark

By Ian Heston Doescher
“When Jesus was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, ‘To you has been given the secret of the… read more

World Communion Sunday: Why We Do It and How

By Ian Heston Doescher
This coming October 7, congregations around the globe will celebrate World Communion Sunday. Most of us have heard about World Communion Sunday but may not know much about where… read more

Using Psalms in Worship

By Ian Heston Doescher
Psalms in worship can be an awkward thing, particularly when the format changes from week to week (some readers will have the congregation read the whole psalm; some alternate… read more

Worship Suggestions for Holy Saturday

By Ian Heston Doescher
Christian churches seem to be afraid of Holy Saturday. In some churches, no mention is made of Holy Saturday—the congregation leaves in silence on Good Friday and returns in … read more

Joyful Noise with Limited Musical Resources

By Ian Heston Doescher
“When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Mark 14:26). Throughout the Christian tradition, from the Psalms to the angelic choruses of… read more
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