The Anglican Eucharistic Liturgy- Sermon 5-25-14

I know it has been a while since I have linked audio sermons here, but I felt that this sermon (and the one I will link in the next post) is worth posting and worth listening to.  It is an explanation of the structure and flow of the Anglican Eucharistic worship service that I gave because we have a group of about 30 non-Anglicans joining us for the summer and I want them to understand what is happening in the service.

The reason I haven’t been able to post the sermons is because there is a problem with uploading audio that I can’t solve.  So instead, I am providing a link to the church website that when you click the link, the sermon will play on that page.

http://newlifeanglican.com/sermons/2014/5.25.2014.mp3

Enjoy.

 

Sermon- December 8, 2013- The Nicene Creed; December 15, 2013- Expectations

On December 8 I preached about the Nicene Creed, more specifically, about the changes we see to the Creed in the Anglican Church in North America Eucharist Liturgy.  The “changes” were corrections in the translation to return us to the earliest version of the Nicene Creed as accepted at the Council of Constantinople in 381.  I felt that it was important to spend time “in the weeds” on this topic because we say the Creed every week and the changes were noticeable.  It was a good opportunity to show how these changes (in particular the removal of the clause “and the Son” from the line saying that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father “and the Son”) reflect the original text, and put us in communion with the Orthodox Church, the second largest Christian church in the world.  I would encourage taking the time to listen to this explanation, especially if you like Church History.  It is roughly 26 minutes long.

12.08.2013

On December 15 I preached on Matthew 11:2-11 and talked about the issue of expectations.  We are in a season of expectation (Advent) as we await the celebration of Christ’s birth and the return of Christ to bring his final judgment.  The passage was about John the Baptist being in prison and questioning whether or not Jesus was really the Messiah- a doubt spurred by John’s expectation that the Messiah would set the prisoners free.  He was a prisoner and didn’t want to die in jail so he was wondering what was up with Jesus.  But Jesus showed that his purposes are so much bigger and so much better than the expectations and what we would have him do for us.  He didn’t come to just free prisoners on earth, but to free us from our imprisonment to sin and give us the right to be sons and daughters of God, living together with him in his eternal kingdom.

I apologize as this sermon was longer than I intended, coming in at about 36 minutes.

12.15.2013

New ACNA Eucharist Liturgies

Here is a direct download link to the pdf of the new Holy Eucharist liturgies from the ACNA.  Holy Eucharist ACNA

It is a long document, 39 pages.  But that is because it contains two separate liturgies and all the seasonal changes.  The Long Form liturgy (the one appointed for Sunday principal service, and high feast day use) is the first 11 pages.  I recommend giving it a good read to familiarize yourself with it.  I think this liturgy is a great step forward for us as an Anglican Province.  I like it better than anything we do from the 1979 BCP, but it is different and will take some getting used to.

To the committee that worked on preparing these liturgies: well done.

The Journey of Faith 4

Click the link below to download the fourth session of the Journey of Faith class we are doing at New Life.  It is a look at what a “creed” is and the purpose and content of the two main creeds of the Church, the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.

Please note there are some “blank” spots in the recording where questions were being asked.  You can hear them in the background very low, but I didn’t want to edit the silence/quietness out because then the responses to the questions would seem random and out of the blue.

Journey of Faith 4

Approximate run time 1 hr. 30 minutes  Enjoy.

Vocationally Distinct,Equally Called and Blessed

Given that I have had a few people ask me about what the Threefold Ministry in the Anglican Church is and/or consists of- I thought I would take a moment to elaborate.

There are three offices or orders in the Anglican church, and each one supercedes another- First would be the Bishop, and then the Priest, and lastly the Deacon.

In our prayer book- the respective ministry(s) of each office are outlined in the Catechism:

What is the ministry of a Bishop?

” The ministry of a bishop is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as apostle, chief priest, and pastor of a diocese; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the whole Church; to proclaim the Word of God; to act in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church: and to ordain others to continue Christ’s ministry.” (BCP, 855)

What is the ministry of a Priest?

” The ministry of a Priest is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to the people; to share with the bishop in the overseeing of the Church; to proclaim the Gospel; to administer the sacraments; and to bless and declare pardon in the name of God.” (BCP, 856)

What is the ministry of a Deacon?

” The ministry of a Deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments.” (BCP, 856)

Though all three offices supercede one another, they also have alot in common in that all three can do baptisms, weddings, and funerals. They all can preach, and help with specific duties in the Eucharist. They differ in that both a Bishop and Priest can celebrate the Eucharist, but a Deacon cannot unless he or she has elements that are already consecrated with which a Deacons Mass may be performed.

In his letter to Timothy, Paul adresses overseers and Deacons and how their lives should reflect Christ as much as possible, and the character traits that come with holding offices in the church, as he says ” Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in there faith in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 3:13), and in 1 Timothy 4: 15-16 he says ” Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholy to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closley. Perservere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

Those who serve in ministry as a vocation, as well as the laity, have a common calling in bringing honor and glory to God and sharing Him with the world. These three offices enable those who serve in them to do just that- working together for the glory of God, and for the expansion of  His kingdom as we are told to do in the Great Commission.

It is my hope that this has either enriched your understanding of these three offices, and/or given you some understanding of what the historic threefold ministry is, and how vital it is not only to the church ,but also to our personal spiritual growth.