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Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live for worship on Sunday afternoon at 4pm.

I have attached two version of the liturgy. One is dated and contains the readings for this Sunday. The other is undated and does not contain the readings in case you would like to print one out to use for multiple weeks. The readings and collect may also be found by clicking on the calendar icon at BCP2019.com

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Parish Update 19 March 2020

Summary: This is an opportunity for the glory of God to be seen in and through the Church. We are working to find a platform in which we can share our needs and our ability to help. We will not be meeting in person for the next two weeks. This Sunday, we will gather through Zoom for worship. I am available by phone, text, e-mail, or zoom. Please know that each of you remain in my prayers. I am confident that God will be glorified in ways that we are not able to ask or imagine.

Dearest Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Grace and peace be with you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This ancient greeting seems particularly appropriate as we prepare to navigate a difficult period in the life of our community, our nation, and the Church. As the impact of both the disease and the measures enacted to prevent disease in vulnerable populations and to prevent overwhelming the capacity of our health care system become more apparent, we as a parish will need to consider the ways in which we act as the Body of Christ caring for one another and the community around us.

We have already seen shortages in stores. Soon we will begin to see the economic impact of closures in restaurants, hotels, and other businesses on employment. This is an opportunity for the glory of God to be seen in and through the Church. 

Luke describes the early church in this way, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” While these actions of community will look different in our current age of supermarkets, automobiles, and digital communication, I think we have an opportunity to love and serve one another in community by sharing both our abundance and our need.

We are working to find a platform in which we can share our needs and our ability to help. For example, someone might have peanut butter and another jelly to offer, someone might need help with childcare or with shopping. 

We will not be meeting in person for the next two weeks. We will do our best to utilize technology to maintain community and worship. This Sunday, we will gather at our regular time (4 PM)  through Zoom for worship. We will also attempt to stream the service on Facebook Live so that those who are not able to participate by Zoom as well as those outside of our community can participate in worship. I value your feedback and suggestions regarding how to make this unusual and less than ideal process the best that it can be.

I do not talk about money very often because it is usually not necessary. We are a low expense church. However, this seems to be a good time to share a bit about how we work. Offerings by check or online go into the general operating fund which pays for nursery care, music, rent, housing allowances, our contributions to mission, and our tithe to the diocese as well as other operating expenses. Offerings that are received as cash go into the Rector’s Discretionary Fund which is disbursed according to need to assist those in a crisis. As we come into this season, we are committed to providing for our missionaries, our staff, and the other operating expenses which others depend upon. We are also committed to providing as much as possible to those in need through the discretionary fund and other funds. Please consider continuing your regular giving through our online portal (https://tithe.ly/give?c=932854). In this portal, you may also select “Rector’s Discretionary Fund” if you would like to make an additional donation during this time of crisis. (Please note that the fees we pay for online giving are greater for credit card donations than for ACH (bank draft) donations).

For non-social distancing reasons, I will not be in my office this week (a pipe burst and flooded the building last week). I am available by phone, text, e-mail, or zoom. Please know that each of you remain in my prayers. I am confident that God will be glorified in ways that we are not able to ask or imagine.

Grace and Peace, 

Rob+

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The Baptist’s Call – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 8 DEC 2019

Listen to Fr Rob’s sermon – The Baptist’s Call

LESSONS:

First Lesson Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm Psalm 72

Second Lesson Romans 15:1-13

Gospel Matthew 3:1-12

COLLECT: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your Holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Treasures from the Book of Common Prayer – The Preface – Reflection fro 27 OCT 2019

     I’ll be the first to admit that when I pick up a book, I want to get right to the heart of it. I don’t often read the forward, the preface, or the introduction. With the Book of Common Prayer, I’m even more likely to turn simply to the liturgy or prayer for which I am looking. However, the Preface in the various versions of the Book of Common Prayer are hidden gems that reveal the heart of the prayer book tradition.

     The 2019 edition contains the prefaces of the 1549 and 1662 prayers books in the section titled “Foundational Documents.”  In the Preface of the 1549 BCP, we find that the heart of the book is to return simplicity and piety to the common people by conducting worship in the common tongue noting that “the Service in the Church of England (these many years) hath been read in Latin to the people, which they understood not; so that they have heard with their ears only; and their hearts, spirit, and mind, have not been edified thereby,” and “that all things shall be read and sung in the church in the English tongue, to the end that the congregation may be thereby edified.” In addition to language, the change in lectionary such that in the daily office, the whole Bible is read once a year “intending thereby, that the Clergy, and especially such as were Ministers of the congregation, should (by often reading, and meditation of God’s word) be stirred up to godliness themselves, and be more able to exhort others by wholesome doctrine, and to confute them that were adversaries to the truth. And further, that the people (by daily hearing of Holy Scripture read in the Church) should continually profit more and more in the knowledge of God, and be the more inflamed with the love of his true religion.”

     The Preface to the 1662 BCP reveals the desire for unity following the English Civil War stating, “It hath been the wisdom of the Church of England, ever since the first compiling of her publick Liturgy, to keep the mean between the two extremes, of too much stiffness in refusing, and of too much easiness in admitting any variation from it.” And, “Our general aim therefore in this undertaking was, not to gratify this or that party in any their unreasonable demands; but to do that, which to our best understandings we conceived might most tend to the preservation of Peace and Unity in the Church; the procuring of Reverence, and exciting of Piety and Devotion in the publick Worship of God; and the cutting off occasion from them that seek occasion of cavil or quarrel against the Liturgy of the Church.”

     After a brief but thorough historical review of the Anglican Church, The Book of Common Prayer (2019) proclaims itself, “indisputably true to Cranmer’s originating vision of a form of prayers and praises that is thoroughly Biblical, catholic in the manner of the early centuries, highly participatory in delivery, peculiarly Anglican and English in its roots, culturally adaptive and missional in a most remarkable way, utterly accessible to the people, and whose repetitions are intended to form the faithful catechetically and to give them doxological voice.”

     Throughout the centuries, we can see in the prefaces the heart of the Book of Common Prayer the desire for all of the congregation to participate in and be formed by corporate worship and private devotion guided by the prayer book.

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A Lost and Found Community – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 15 SEP 2019

Listen to Fr Rob’s sermon from the morning service – A Lost and Found Community

LESSONS:

First Lesson Exodus 32:1-14

Psalm Psalm 51

Second Lesson 1 Timothy 1:12–17

Gospel Luke 15:1-10

COLLECT: O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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Dinner with Jesus – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 1 SEP 2019

Listen to Fr Rob’s sermon from the morning service – Dinner with Jesus

LESSONS:

First Lesson Jeremiah 2:4-13

Psalm Psalm 112

Second Lesson Hebrews 13:1-8

Gospel Luke 14:1,7-14

COLLECT: O Lord, we pray that your grace may always both precede and follow after us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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Making Straight the Way – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 9 DEC 2018

Listen to today’s sermon: Making Straight the Way

LESSONS:

First Lesson Malachi 3:1-5

Psalm Psalm 126

Second Lesson 1 Corinthians 4:8-21

Gospel Luke 3:1-6

COLLECT: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your Holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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How Can We Be Holy? – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 11 NOV 2018

Listen to the sermon from the morning service- How Can We Be Holy

Listen to the sermon from the afternoon service – Stories of Widows and Scribes

LESSONS:

First Lesson          1 Kings 17:8-16

Psalm                     Psalm 146

Second Lesson     Hebrews 9:24-28

Gospel                    Mark 12:38-44

COLLECT: O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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Road Signs – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 19 August 2018

Today’s Sermon – Road Signs

LESSONS:

First Lesson           Proverbs 9:1-6

Psalm                      Psalm 147

Second Lesson      Ephesians 5:15-20

Gospel                    John 6:53-59

COLLECT: Keep your Church in safety, O Lord; for without your grace the frailty of our nature cannot but make us fall; but in your mercy keep us from all things hurtful, and lead us in all things profitable for our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Why are you afraid? – Sermon from Holy Trinity Anglican Church 8 JUL 2018

Today’s Sermon – Why Are You Afraid?

LESSONS:

First Lesson         Ezekiel 2:1-7

Psalm                    Psalm 123

Second Lesson    2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Gospel                  Mark 6:1-6

COLLECT: Grant us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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