Where: All Saints Episcopal Church at 10am
“1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:1-5 KJV)
“1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:” (Ephesians 3:1-2 KJV)
“1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” (Matthew 2:1-12 KJV)
- The Epiphany (Transferred) — one week late compared to FAPC
- The service is too recited, too sung. Sometimes the service sounds as if was done in Latin.
- Books used during service are the Bible (of course), the Hymnal 1982, Wonder Love and Peace (A Supplemental to The Hymnal 1982) and the Book of Common Prayer.
- New Testament — read while congregation stands.
- Sermon — The Three Wise Men (the Three Kings) — the call of God, which we must follow.
- The Episcopal service is so much like a Catholic mass — except for vicars [being] able to marry.
- The second biggest difference is seeing women in robes. Can women be vicars too?
- People actually walk around the church to share the peace of God.
- The presentation of the bread and wine kills me with my bad right knee.
- Although I am not wearing my glasses, which I forgot to put them on, I can write and read without getting a headache.
Is this mere health or divine intervention?
- Today there was another young person (me young still, ok somewhat). She looks very devoted praying although wearing biker-like winter boots.
- I just realized that this church offers Bible study before their service (Holy Eucharist) and sermon discussion after the service.
- I was thinking of my last comment above. There were a handful of young people. The contrast was between rich-looking older people and struggling middle-class young people.
- Note my comments are my own. They’re in no way a criticism on the Episcopal tradition.