Happy winter weather! I trust you all are staying warm after this week’s ice storm. Wayne was especially hard hit, and Katherine and I have yet to have our power returned. Currently in exile in Honey Brook, we are hopeful that we can return tonight in advance of this weekend’s worship schedule. As of this moment, expect our normal Sunday service to proceed like normal unless you hear from me otherwise.
There are a few things I want to bring to your attention briefly:
1) As I mentioned during our service last week, the Anglican Church in North America, our national church body, just released their long anticipated Catechism. A "catechism" (from the Greek for "to teach orally") is a very ancient tool for the instruction of new or young believers in the essential doctrines and practices of the Christian faith. As such, they have come historically to serve as authoritative summaries of core doctrines for church bodies, such as the Westminster Large Catechism for Presbyterians and the Catechism of the Catholic Church for Roman Catholics. Entitled “To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism,” this resource contains an effective summary of Christian doctrines as Anglicans have historically understood them. In his introduction to the Catechism, task force member J. I. Packer says this:
“This catechism is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican catechetical practice. It presents the essential building blocks of classical catechetical instruction: [explications of] the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments. To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of the Gospel. Each section is presented in the question-and-answer form that became standard in the sixteenth century because of its proven effectiveness. Each section is also set out with its practical implications, together with biblical references… In one respect, this catechism breaks new ground for Anglicans. The historic Catechism in the English Book of Common Prayer is brief, and specifically designed to prepare young people for confirmation and church membership. However, this present work is intended as a more comprehensive catechetical tool for all adult inquirers… As such, this catechism attempts to be a missional means by which God may bring about both conversion to Christ and formation in Christ.
The catechism was written in consultation with our global partners, and I am told it has so impressed many of them that translations are already underway for its use around the world. It is the desire of our bishops that this tool became a staple of our life of evangelism and formation together. I encourage to take a look by following this link.
2) You all should have received an E-vite in your emails to the upcoming Feast for Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Please RSVP soon and let us know what food and/or drink you are bringing to share. Also feel free to invite your friends to join you.
3) The Vestry will be meeting this Sunday before the service at 2:00 pm at the church. While only members of the Vestry have permission to speak at the meeting, all members of the parish are welcome to come and observe. This body of leaders exists to serve you at Christ Church Anglican, and it is important that our discussions about the future of our church be as transparent as possible. At the very least, I invite you to pray for us that the Lord will grant us his Spirit for wisdom and a common vision.
I look forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday! Stay warm and stay safe.