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Monday
Dec112017

Follow Up Thoughts from the Sermon on Sunday

In my sermon on Sunday, we looked at Cranmer’s collect, and his encouragement toward us to “hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the Scriptures. I mentioned that I would share a few practical tips on “reading,” a habit which is challenging when we lack (1) time, (2) attention, and (3) a plan. So here are just a few thoughts.

Find a time that works for you. This should be a time in which you can give the Scriptures your attention. Early in the morning, at night before bed, on your lunch break, in the car (hopefully using an audiobook, in that case).

Invest in a “reader's version.” There are copies of the Scriptures now that are printed in single-column paragraphs (like an actual book), and without the “extra stuff” (verse numbers, headings, cross references). These make it much easier to simply read. You can buy a good quality ESV Reader's version for about $25. You can find it here.

Use the Daily Office Lectionary. A “lectionary” is a reading plan. One of the central ideas of Morning and Evening Prayer are to simply read through the Scriptures each year. A current “working version” of the ACNA Daily Lectionary is available here. Stick to this plan and you’ll cover almost the entire Bible every year. (Note: This working version is being revised, and future editions will be even simpler and easier to follow.)

Supplement your reading of Scripture with the Apocrypha. Those are the books that were written in between the Old Testament and the New Testament. As Anglicans, we don't believe these books are inspired by God like the Old and New Testaments are. However, we (along with Martin Luther, Thomas Cranmer, and many others) do believe Christians should read them. Readings from the Apocrypha were included in the Anglican liturgies at the time of the Reformation. The Apocryphal books were included in most bibles, including the King James Version, and they weren’t widely omitted until the 19th century. Even though we don’t hold these books to be equal to Scripture, the church reads them because they explain what God was doing with his people between the Testaments, and how faithful believers lived through this difficult time. The Apocrypha is something like a companion volume, a book of "devotional literature,” but one that is integrally connected with the story of Scripture. These books should be a regular supplement to our diet of Scripture. They can help us read Scripture better, to grasp the story, to understand the context of the New Testament, to hear from wise teachers of the faith, and to see a picture of what faithfulness looks like in an age when God’s people felt abandoned. Though there are plans for a new printing of an ESV with the Apocrypha, very few are in circulation right now. However, the very similar Revised Standard Version (RSV) can be found with the Apocryphal books included.

Come join us for the liturgies of Morning and Evening Prayer. As I mentioned in my sermon, the Scriptures are most at home in the worship of the Church. If you want to read the Scriptures better on your own, start by hearing them more often in worship. Liturgy itself consists mostly of quotations from or references to Scripture. By simply attending these liturgies, you’ll find that phrases, stories, images, and even entire passages from Scripture become so familiar that you’ve memorized them without even meaning to. At Apostles, we observe Morning Prayer on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9a. Evening Prayer (or “Vespers”) takes place on Sunday nights at 6p. And there is a midweek Eucharist at 7.30a on Wednesdays. The more we hear Scripture together in worship, the more nourishing our personal, devotional reading can be. And the more faithful we are to “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the Scriptures for ourselves, the more clearly we will hear God’s word when we gather together.


Wednesday
Nov292017

Advent Lessons and Carols Service

Sunday, 17 December at 10.30a

Nine scripture lessons from Genesis, the prophetic books, and the Gospels recount the biblical story– from the fall of humanity, through the promise of the Messiah, to the birth of Jesus. 
We will enjoy carols, hymns and other musical offerings from members of the parish interspersed throughout the readings.
Join us for our only service of the day to anticipate and celebrate the birth of Jesus in this traditional (and not so traditional!) Advent Lessons and Carols.

 

Tuesday
Nov142017

Monday
Nov062017