People of the Book

We’ve made two wrong turns so far, and that’s my fault. I keep looking up from the map on my phone at the mountains surrounding us here in northern Washington state. We are looking for a retreat center in Sumas, a town that seems to be mostly small farms patched in among the forested hills.

I am here with David Roseberry […]

Listen to the Word & Table Podcast to Learn More about Liturgical and Sacramental Christian Worship

I don’t know about you, but I’m quite possibly addicted to podcasts.

Right now, NPR’s UpFirst, The Tim Ferriss Show, and The Art of Manliness are some of my favorites. However, it’s been a bit of struggle for me to find great Anglican podcasts. Granted, perhaps that’s due to my own ignorance, but when you search for “Anglican” in most podcast […]

Formal Liturgy and the Church Plant – RezAustin, Pt. 2

LeaderWorks Image The Rev. Canon David Roseberry is Executive Director of LeaderWorks

I posted a video last week of Fr. Shawn McCain of RezAustin. This is part of an ongoing series at LeaderWorks to showcase some of the talent and ministry leaders in our Anglican Church in North American. (Shawn is with […]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:57-06:00March 22nd, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

WATCH: A Call to Plant a Church

A week or so ago I had the chance to sit with one of the church planters in our diocese (C4SO) from the Austin area. Shawn is one of a growing number of young leaders that have sensed a strong call to ministry in the Anglican Church in North America. However, […]

(An) Anglican(‘s) Opinion: Priests are not Sacramental Specialists

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible.

“The more things change, the more things stay the same.” ~ Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

The Jewishness of Christian Liturgy – by John Bacon

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible.

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not […]

By |2019-01-08T17:40:22-06:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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 […]

Don’t Give Up on Lent (Read this Great Book First)

For some, Lent still conjures only thoughts of Mardi Gras or cutting chocolate from your diet.

But many American evangelicals are discovering (or, in some cases, re-discovering) Lent. Many are entering into this time with some hesitations and questions. It creates a challenge for church leaders who are trying to teach the meaning […]

By |2019-02-19T22:00:09-06:00January 19th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Liturgical Dance Moves? – A Brief Introduction to Ritual Actions in Worship

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible.

What’s the most confusing part of an Anglican worship service?

Surely the “liturgical dance moves” are near the top of the list! You know, when it seems like everyone else in the […]

By |2019-01-08T17:40:28-06:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

For the Beauty of The Year: The Liturgical Calendar

Our culture has its own calendar for the next month or so. We can mark off these days: Door-busters, Black Friday, Parties, Winter breaks, Holiday cheer, Family dinners (and political arguments) and ending with a Ball-dropping champagne toast. That is the liturgy of the world at the end of a year. But what about the Liturgical Calendar?

By |2019-01-10T16:55:02-06:00November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Processional in Anglican Worship

We are used to community parades, graduation processions, and wedding processions. Not everyone is used to a procession in worship at church.

However, even though many modern churches or traditions don’t process anymore, it is an ancient and important Christian practice.  In many Anglican churches, as the worship is starting, the ministers process to the front of the church, following the […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:19-05:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |4 Comments

An Anglican Sunday Worship Service

Need help explaining worship on Sundays? New Anglican who is wondering what’s going on? Considering visiting? I’ve put together some notes, with Scripture references, for each aspect of our worship service for use by all of the above. Please feel free to incorporate these notes into a Sunday bulletin, visitor’s guide, or website materials.

Word and Sacrament

Our worship service consists […]

By |2021-11-01T14:59:50-05:00May 10th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship, Sacraments|Tags: |5 Comments

Ash Wednesday: Are You Really Only Dust in the Wind?

On Ash Wednesday, clergy around the world will draw a cross-shaped smudge of dark black ashes on the foreheads of millions of people. It is the ancient rite of The Imposition of Ashes which signals the start of Lent. The words that accompany the ‘imposition’ on Ash Wednesday are simple, sober, and true.  Over the years I have said them to […]

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