The Decalogue: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on March 12, 2024
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The Decalogue is a responsive paraphrase of the Ten Commandments, used (sometimes) in the Sunday Communion service. Each commandment is recited by the priest and is followed by a congregational response. For example, here is the first commandment: God spoke these words and said: I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other…

(Why) Are Priests and the Liturgy Necessary for Holy Communion?

Posted on December 23, 2019
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Many people coming into the Anglican tradition from other traditions have questions. Quite often, these questions center on the sacramental nature of the Church. This pattern makes sense. After all, the Anglican Church emphasizes sacraments more than some other branches of the Christian Church. All churches have preachers of the Word. Not all have a…

How to Receive Communion, Part 2: A Practical Guide

Posted on October 5, 2018
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My last post discussed receiving communion by faith, and was more about our understanding of the spiritual aspects of communion. This post is just plain practical. We all want to reverently receive communion, not get in anyone’s way or spill anything, and to not have any surprises. But the surprises and spills will happen. Even…

How to Receive Communion, Part 1: Receiving with Faith

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First time I visited an Anglican church, I was afraid to go forward for communion for two reasons. If you are visiting an Anglican church for the first time, you may feel the same. So here is what we believe is happening during communion in this post, and then in the next post, some instructions…

Holy Communion: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Eucharist

Posted on August 27, 2018
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This article was originally written in 2018 using the 1979 BCP. It was updated for the 2019 BCP in 2023. Have you ever wondered what’s going on during a liturgical service of Holy Communion (AKA Eucharist, AKA Lord’s Supper, AKA, Lord’s Table)? So many moving parts! And what’s the deal with shaking hands in the…

A Gift of God: The Eucharist Revives a Weary Christian

Posted on May 4, 2018
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“OK, let’s sing that verse again,” the worship leader said. “And this time sing it with everything you’ve got!” I was sitting in the back row of the church cradling a sleeping baby. I was lonely and exhausted—deeply disconnected from the upbeat music coming from the stage. A voice inside my head whispered back to…

Thomas McKenzie’s The Anglican Way – A Review by Kyle Joudry

Posted on February 16, 2017
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This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible. Background In the summer of 2016, my wife and I were preparing to move to a new city. Leading up to the move, we often returned to a discussion of searching for a new church community. She has been raised…

A Rookie Anglican Guide to an Anglican Worship Service

Posted on May 10, 2016
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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…

Four Songs and a Sermon All Year Long?

Posted on March 31, 2016
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Worship with four songs and a sermon (and a short a pastoral prayer) that varies little over the fifty-two weeks of the year is inadequate.  Throwing in the occasional video, drama, or surprising stage prop doesn’t really change that reality. Songs are good. Sermons are essential. Videos, dramas, and occasional visual aids can be helpful….