Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Monday, May 30, 2005

Lessons for June 5, 2005

Lessons for the Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5)
June 5, 2005

The Collect:

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Reading:

Hosea 5:15-6:6

The Psalm:

Psalm 50, Deus deorum, BCP translation here

The Second Reading:

Romans 4:13-18

The Gospel:

Matthew 9:9-13

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Friday, May 27, 2005

Lessons for May 29, 2005

Lessons for the Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 4)
May 29, 2005

Collect:

O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading:

Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28

Psalm:

Psalm 31, In te, Domine, speravi, BCP translation here

Second Reading:

Romans 3:21-25a, 28

Gospel:

Matthew 7:21-27

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Christian Carnival

The Christian carnival is up at Technogypsy.com with 50 some posts all on a Christian theme. If anyone posting here wants to write an entry for that, I can point you to the information to get your essay into the carnival.

My entry for this week was on the upside of heresy.

Friday, May 20, 2005

N.T. Wright on Following Jesus

In January 2005, the current Anglican Bishop of Durham (England) gave three lectures at Pepperdine University, Seaver College in Malibu, CA, on the topic "The Challenge of Following Jesus in the Twenty-first Century." If you have the time and bandwidth, here are links to the video of the lectures.

Sunday, January 9, 2005, Lecture 1
Monday, January 10, 2005, Lecture 2
Tuesday, January 11, 2005, Lecture 3

Lessons for Trinity Sunday

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Lessons for Trinity Sunday, Year A
May 22, 2005

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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First Reading:

Genesis 1:1-2:3

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Psalm:

Psalm 150, Laudate Dominum, BCP version here

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Second Reading:
2 Corinthians 13:(5-10)11-14

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Gospel:
Matthew 28:16-20

Friday, May 06, 2005

A good read

Tim Challies has a good pair of posts on listening to sermons (here and here).

Monday, May 02, 2005

The Upcoming Anglican Communion Conversations

In view of the ongoing actions and reactions of Anglican bishops to the Windsor Report and to each other, here is one priest's current take on his options if the ECUSA "opts out of communion with other Anglican bodies." The author of this blog is A.K.M. Adam, professor of New Testament at Seabury.

We need to pray for the Anglican Communion. We need to pray for the Bishops of the Anglican Communion. We need to pray for our ECUSA bishops. We need to pray for our diocesan bishops. We need to pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us through this troubled time. And we need to pray that the Anglican Communion will follow the Spirit's leading.

To be honest I have conflicting thoughts, as I think all of us have, as I reflect on this.

First, I am an Anglican. I suppose I should say I am a Christian who chooses to worship God with others in the Anglican communion/tradition. Most Anglicans in the United States worship in Episcopal churches (ECUSA). Thus, if the ECUSA in the future "opts out of communion with other Anglican bodies" (to use Dr. Adam's phrase), what happens to the ordinary Anglican communicant sitting in the pew in ECUSA churches?

Second, most individuals in the pew find themselves unable to comprehend the intensity of the response of the African and Asian Anglican leadership to the presenting cause of this trouble in the Anglican Communion, namely:
the decisions of the Episcopal Church (USA) to appoint a priest in a committed same sex relationship as one of its bishops, and of the Diocese of New Westminster to authorise services for use in connection with same sex unions [page 7 of the Windsor Report].
These thoughts lead me to these questions:
  • Is the North American and European Church (or is it culture) being led by the Holy Spirit, and the rest of the church (or world) is being urged by the Holy Spirit to follow our leadership in this area?
  • Or are the North American churches so out of step with the Holy Spirit that we need to be rebuked?
My point here is that I don't think we Anglicans are listening to and learning from each other! We in North America don't fully comprehend the situations that the Anglican church in Africa and Asia face in this regard. And the leaders of the Anglican churches in Africa and Asia are unable to assent to the reasons why Anglicans in North America (specifically) have been so open to the presence of and receptive to the ministry of the gays and lesbians in our midst. I think what bothers me the most here is that I don't see a lot of activity on either side trying to patiently explain and humbly teach why they hold the views they do.

What I see instead are (small) groups of ECUSA bishops getting ready to anathematise each other, while (it seems) the majority of our bishops are trying to stay out of the line of fire and remain invisible. Why, for example, hasn't the Bishop of Chicago invited a Bishop from Africa to come and present the African side of the issue(s) to Chicago? Is it because he believes there is no such argument to be made and consequently there is no reason to listen and learn? With all my heart I hope this is not the case. Because if so, how can he ever hope to dialog with and influence the development of his colleague's thought? On the other hand, has the African Anglican leadership invited a bishop from North America to present a reasoned case for the North American belief that the Holy Spirit is leading the church into new ministries and ways of ministering to people? Is it possible that such meetings can't happen because neither side is willing to learn; they can only lecture? I don't know the answer to any of these questions! It may be that these are even the wrong questions to be asking.

I do believe, however, that unless we ask these or similar questions, and encourage our bishops and leaders to reach out to the other side to engage in this dialog, we soon will be trying to figure out which of the options Dr. Adam forsees is best for us individually.

Lessons for May 8, 2005

Lessons for the Eighth Sunday of Easter
May 8, 2005, Year A

The Collect:
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The Psalm:
Psalm 68:1-20, Exsurgat Deus, BCP version here.
or
Psalm 47, Omnes gentes, plaudite, BCP version here (scroll down).

The First Lesson:
Acts 1: (1-7)8-14
or
Ezekiel 39:21-29

The Second Lesson:
1 Peter 4:12-19
or
Acts 1: (1-7)8-14

The Gospel:
John 17:1-11