Collect Reflections: The First Sunday of Christmas

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Have you ever had a hard “Christmas […]

The Fourth Sunday in Advent; Annunciation, A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Collect for the Fourth Sunday of […]

How to Lead a Daily Office Service (Morning or Evening Prayer) for a Group

Daily Office: Easier Said (Alone) than Done (With a Group)!

In the interests of making the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer) more accessible, I’ve been putting together Daily Office Booklets for a while now. Ideally, with just a Bible and a booklet, you should be able to work your way through both Morning and Evening Prayer on your own […]

The Third Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Advent

By now, if you’ve been following […]

The Second Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be […]

The First Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here.


Collect for the First Sunday in […]

Week of the Sunday from Nov 20 to Nov 26; Christ the King; Proper 29, A Collect Reflection

Christ the King Sunday

The last Sunday after Pentecost, before the start of a new church year at Advent, is known as “Christ the King Sunday.” Here is the collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of […]

Week of the Sunday from Nov 13 to Nov 19; Proper 28, A Collect Reflection

It’s almost the end of the year. No, really. When I first became Anglican, I had little understanding of the church’s calendar. I knew that Advent was a thing that meant I should hold off on Christmas carols. I knew that Lent was a thing that meant I should give up something for 40 days. And…that was pretty much […]

Week of the Sunday from Nov 6 to Nov 12; Proper 27, A Collect Reflection

Why did God become human?

Many theologians have asked this question throughout the centuries. Perhaps most famously, St. Anselm (Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 until 1109, by the way) wrote an entire work on the topic: Cur Deus Homo? (“Why was God a Man?”).

Now, according to Anselm, God became a human in order to pay humanity’s debt (of withheld honor) to God. Because […]

Week of the Sunday from Oct 30 to Nov 5; Proper 26, A Collect Reflection

It’s November now, and as leaves fall from the trees, so the days begin to pass by more quickly and we enter a season of busyness. It is a sad truth that what ought to be a season of rising anticipation often becomes for us a season of dread. We worry about travel, we worry about our schedules, we worry […]

Announcing Collect Reflections: Reflecting on the Collects of the Christian Year

If you’ve done the Daily Office more than once or twice, you’ve probably noticed that certain prayers get repeated for a week, and then change. These prayers are called “the Collects (usually pronounced CO-llects, with the accent on the first syllable) of the Christian Year.”

What is a “COllect,” Anyways?

Back in 2015, our founding editor at Anglican Pastor, Greg Goebel, […]

The Whiplash of Holy Week

Holy Week is the “Week of Whiplash.” The highs in the Story of Palm Sunday are followed all too quickly by the shouts from the crowd calling for His death. Then He slow-walks the next days: from the Garden to the Courtyard to the Praetorium to the Streets to the Calvary Hill to the Cross to the End to the Tomb […]

By |2019-03-17T11:45:37-05:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Church Year, Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Holy Week and the Cross of Christ: Notes and Quotes

Here is a small collection of quotes and comments about the Cross and Holy Week that I have collected over the years. They are sermon starters, devotional nudges, and deep expressions of our faith and love of Jesus Christ and the Cross He endured. May the Lord richly bless you all in the Holy Week. 

I am praying with and for […]

Why Do We Worship The Way We Do? – by Gerald R. McDermott

As Anglicans, we use various forms of ancient worship called “liturgical.”  This is the major thing that distinguishes us from “low” churches that do not have a traditional liturgy.

Liturgy: The Work of the People

Liturgy comes from a Greek word which means “the work of the people.” In this ancient custom of worship, we become as a group of Christians what […]

The Church Calendar: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Liturgical Year

What time is it?

At first glance, it might not seem like it, but this is one of the most important questions a human being can ask!

Thankfully, there’s an […]

By |2020-05-19T14:15:07-05:00January 10th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |13 Comments

“The Day Beyond Christmas” (A Christmas Poem)

The Day Beyond Christmas

“Hey! Good News has come here! I bring you Good News.”
That’s the message I heard as I woke from my snooze.
The daylight had gone, I had fallen asleep.
I was cold to the […]

By |2020-10-08T16:37:21-05:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Church Year: Climbing the Mountain

Sometimes we see a “cycle of the church year” that is like a pie chart. This is very helpful in understanding the time element, and cyclical nature of the Church Year. I’ve used it before myself. However, the experiential element is not like a circle or a pie chart. Instead, I prefer to think of a mountain trail.

Think of the […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:16-05:00August 30th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |3 Comments

What They Are Saying About Holy Week

If we do not (preach the Cross of Christ) our churches will lighthouses without light, wells without water, dumb witnesses,
sleeping watchmen, silent trumpets, messengers without tidings, a comfort for infidels, jubilant joys to the devil, and an offense to God. –Robert E. Lee

Golgotha, the place of the skull, where nails smashed through the wrists and feet of Jesus, the teacher from […]

By |2020-04-02T11:41:54-05:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

What They Are Saying About Palm Sunday

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you; righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

–Zechariah 9:9

But Palm Sunday tells us that it is the cross that is the true tree of life.

–Pope Benedict XVI

But everyone who lined […]

By |2019-04-04T15:38:40-05:00March 16th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lenten Disciplines: Fasting

With the Season of Lent upon us, I’m setting out to explore the traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, almsgiving and prayer. These disciplines are taken from the opening verses of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount. See how Jesus begins each section of this sermon:

What is All Saints Day?

Knowing Our Family

We’ve always been curious about our ancestors, to know where we came from and who we are. We’ve also wanted to gain wisdom from the experience of the past, both successes and failures. And we’ve desired communion and reunion of some sort.

I know of a family that discovered an brother/uncle that no one knew about until he was a […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:31-05:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, History|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Following Jesus Through the Church Year

(Make sure to check out our Rookie Anglican Guide to the Church Calendar!)

As fall approaches, I look forward to pumpkin spice latte and the change in the color of the leaves. Every year, my family and I look forward to the different seasons. Each season brings its own unique rhythm, weather, traditions, and memories. Spring, summer, fall, and winter […]

By |2020-05-22T14:58:32-05:00September 29th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

What is Maundy Thursday?

“Maundy”?

I don’t think there has ever been a child who didn’t think I was saying Monday Thursday during the Holy Week announcements. Growing up, I thought today was Monday Thursday until about age 14.  And when I finally learned it was “Maundy,” no one could explain why it was called that!

But friends, I have trekked through the boring dictionaries of […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:45-05:00April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |6 Comments