Cranmer was a remarkable man— not only a theologian, but also a liturgical scholar, a writer, and the chief pastor of a national church. In trying to guide the Church of England from Catholicism to Protestantism, his main concerns were pastoral: he wanted to reform corporate worship and make it more meaningful for the layperson.
Under the patronage of Henry VIII, Cranmer was elevated to Canterbury with instructions to lead the church. But, since Henry was never quite clear himself about just what the new Church of England should stand for (other than that it was to be out from under the control of Rome and under the control of the monarchy), Cranmer faced a difficult task.
After Henry's death, there were violent actions and reactions to the Reformation in England that were not quieted and resolved until the reign of Elizabeth I. By that time, Cranmer had done his great work, but, like Thomas More before him, he had also paid with his life for his faithfulness. He was executed in 1556, during the brief but violent reign of Henry's Catholic daughter Mary (ever after known in Protestant lore as "Bloody Mary"). Had he been allowed to live three more years, he would have been vindicated by Elizabeth I, whose reign began in 1559.
The Book of Common Prayer
Thomas Cranmer, born just over five hundred years ago, in 1489, is the Protestant forefather who formulated the most articulate and beautiful compendium of Christian prayers, services, and liturgies: The Book of Common Prayer.
With this book Cranmer replaced the several Latin volumes that contained the rituals and worship materials of the Roman Catholic Church. Into a single English book, intended for clergy and laity alike, Cranmer distilled prior Christian experience in worship.
The Book of Common Prayer was introduced on Pentecost Sunday (Whitsun, in English usage), 1549. While preserving the Lord's Supper as the central act of Christian worship, this new book put a Protestant interpretation on things. For example, the sacrifice of Christ, his death and resurrection, was, for Cranmer, always the vital heartbeat of the Christian proclamation. But, instead of focusing on what happened to the substances (although he, with Calvin, believed that Christ was "really present" in the elements), Cranmer focused on the response of believing people to this special revelation of God in Christ (what the Belgic Confession calls "the means of grace").
Cranmer was aware that rote formulations in worship could become deadly to true spirituality. He was conscious, as any Protestant leader would have been, that mere repetition of truths would be deadening on the ear and to the heart. Yet, at the same time he realized that Christianity is only partially a matter of a personal relationship with God; it is also a ceremonial religion—one that consists of acts of remembering the mighty works of God and of reacting in faith to those works. "The Word" of God, Cranmer believed, was both spoken and sacramental, and, thus, it is the union of preaching and the sacraments that give vitality and power to worship that is guided by The Book of Common Prayer.
October 11, 2020
10:30 AM Eucharist
Fr Brant Hazlett
Kathy Lewis & Tami Cralley
October 13, 2020
St Ann's Guild
Discussing the Chili Luncheon
October 18, 2020
Mission Leadership Meeting
Order forms for Team Asa shirts need to be turned into me by October 12. Please make checks out to Firefly Creative.
Please sign up for flowers and coffee hour. Both are important for the good of our congregation!
October 10: Catie Emery
13: Al Cralley
Upcoming Coffee Hour Needs
September & October is once again the time that we donate to the guild. St Ann's Guild does so many unknown and unseen things for the good of the parish for example having the windows of the parish hall cleaned and paying the sextons to keep the church clean. These donations make this possible without us having to come up with creative fundraising such as a food booth at the craft fair. If you are so inclined, please make checks out to St Ann's Guild. Thank you!!!
Did you know? We have a parish lending library. It is on the wall behind the white board. Feel free to take something to read or leave something you think others might like. The shelves are full!!! Help yourself to a good read!
Parish Prayer List: A new sheet has been provided at the back of the church. Please take a look so we can pray intentionally for each name on the list. Can someone be moved off our prayer list? Do you know someone we should add?
Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
October 11, 2020 - Year A
Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Lesson: Isaiah 25:1-9
25 O Lord, thou art my God;
I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
for thou hast done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2 For thou hast made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the palace of aliens is a city no more,
it will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify thee;
cities of ruthless nations will fear thee.
4 For thou hast been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
for the blast of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
5 like heat in a dry place.
Thou dost subdue the noise of the aliens;
as heat by the shade of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined. 7 And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
1 The Lord is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those
who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Epistle: Philippians 4:4-13
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. 6 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.
Acknowledgment of the Philippians’ Gift
10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. 13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
22 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.’ 5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”