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

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 developed sacramental theology nor a [...]

By |2019-12-22T16:45:26-06:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Sacraments|Tags: , |1 Comment

How to Receive Communion, Part 2: A Practical Guide

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 though we intend to avoid [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:35:55-06:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , |20 Comments

How to Receive Communion, Part 1: Receiving with Faith

First time I visited an Anglican church, I was afraid to go forward for communion for two reasons. First, I had no idea how you were supposed to receive it. Dip the bread? Drink the cup? Bow, kneel, make the sign of the cross? It kinda seemed like everyone was doing something different. Second, I wasn’t sure how to receive [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:02-06:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , |6 Comments

Why Every Church Should Have Weekly Sunday Communion Like the Anglicans Do

There was a long period where many Anglican churches didn't have communion every Sunday. They would have morning prayer for a few weeks, and then a Holy Communion once a month or so. But a movement called Parish Communion successfully restored the tradition around the world. Today, most (but not all) Anglican churches celebrate Holy Communion every week on Sunday. [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:03-06:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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

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 within the Baptist tradition and [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:06-06:00February 16th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|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 [...]

By |2020-05-20T11:13:36-05:00May 10th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship, Sacraments|Tags: |4 Comments

Sacramental Imagination for Church Planting

“Does the Eucharist setup your chairs?” Brainstorming about sacraments and mission in Southern California, a friend of mine asked me this rather cheeky question. We were exploring what it meant to plant churches sacramentally. That is, not just starting new churches that celebrate sacraments, but what it means to start new churches in a sacramental way. How, for example, do [...]

By |2020-05-20T11:11:59-05:00April 14th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

Four Songs and a Sermon All Year Long?

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. I've been to many worship [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:17-06:00March 31st, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , |6 Comments

The Ache of All Saints Day

I cannot remember the last All Saints Sunday I sat in the pew instead of the chancel. But this All Saints Day I wasn’t collared and vested, leading the liturgy in the parish I serve. I was seated in a pew in another parish because I’m taking a sabbatical this autumn. Where does an Anglican priest on sabbatical attend worship [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:18-06:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Eucharist and Forgetfulness

The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender’s inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for everyone else the proper pleasure of the rite (C. S. Lewis). One of the greatest of the abundant joys of celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy is the sure knowledge that [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:21-06:00October 24th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors, Sacraments|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Dangerous Things

Is it dangerous, as some claim, to believe that God would mediate his grace to us through his creation? Would God touch us through the hands of another person, or feed us his very presence in bread, or cleanse our souls through water?  Will it lead to “magical thinking” or idolatry? Yes, it is dangerous. There is a great mystery [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:27-06:00September 14th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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