We are Protestant, Calvinistic and Reformed Prayer Book Churchmen and Churchwomen. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; in 2012, we also remembered the 450th anniversary of Mr. (Bp., Salisbury) John Jewel's sober, scholarly, Protestant, and Reformed defense An Apology of the Church of England. In 2013, we remember the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. You will not hear these things in modern outlets for Anglican advertisement. Confessional Churchmen keep the "lights burning in the darkness." Although Post-Anglicans with sorrow (and contempt for many, especially the leaders), we maintain learning, faith, hope and reading. Mr. (Rev. Dr. Prof.) James Packer quipped and applied this specific song for muddler-Manglicans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGyPuey-1Jw. Our book of the month, July 2014 is the Rev. Dr. Wayne Pearce's "John Spottiswoode: Jacobean Archbishop and Statesman" at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/a-s-wayne-pearce/john-spottiswoode-jacobean-archbishop-and-statesman/paperback/product-21652023.html. Also, our book of the month for Aug 2014 is Mr. Underhile's "The Church's Favorite Flower: A Patristic Study of the Doctrines of Grace," a handy little volume at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Churchs-Favorite-Flower-Patristic-ebook/dp/B00KUCITIS/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403315865&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=andy+underhile. We've added Mr. Underhile's anti-Marcionite and Reformed "Comfort in Chaos: A Study in Nahum" as the book of the month for September 2014 at: http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Chaos-Study-Preserves-People-ebook/dp/B00KQX8JBI/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407621661&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=andy+underhile+nahum. We're still Prayer Book Churchmen, but we have "articles of faith" paid for by blood.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Loud Praise Band Music for the Processional/Bp. Chuck Murphy will be in the quire to the side to lead the congregational in hand-waving throughout
Bp. Todd Hunter: “Break Dancing to the General Confession”***
Bp. Phenicas Biriki-Olumbe: “Charleston Jitterburg to the Declaration of Remission”
Bp. Ray Sutton: “Tango Steps & Accompanying Tunes for the LORD’s Prayer”
Psalter, OT, NT Lessons will at most have only 1 verse so as to accommodate more worship, more dance, more jumping, more "revelations in the Spirit," more prostrations in the Spirit, less reading, and less thinking.
Bp. Leonard Riches: “Modelling Ballet Reponsorials to the Lections”
Bp. Keith Ackerman: “Rapping the Apostles’ Creed”
Bp. Bob Duncan: “Heavy Metal Background Tunes for the Collects.”
Offering & Anthem: “More Ballet Moves by Bp. Leonard Riches”
Sermon 1 by Bp. Roy Grote: “How to Get a D.D. Without Doing Any Doctoral Work.”
Sermon 2 by Rick Warren: “CCM, Praise Bands, Liturgical Dance & the Results of Church Growth”
Recessional: Loud Praise Band: "The Outbreak"
Fellowship hour will feature light beverages & refreshments. Band and dance moves will be illustrated. Dancing is permitted in keeping with the spirit of Evensong (caveat: only bishops with bishops, presbyters with presbyters, and deacons with deacons).
*1979 BCP, Rite 1
**The Archbishop of Canterbury, Mr. Welby, has chosen to attend but will remain in the narthex. If you hear tongues, babbellings and other loud wailings from the narthex, it will be him praying for varied manifestations of tongues and revelatory words. We are pleased to accept his intercessions. Others may also offer up invocations to Mary or seek to channel the departed spirit of Paul Crouch, Sr.
***Babbeling in tongues, being slain in the Spirit, getting Words, and congregational jumpings up-and-down--all are highly encouraged for the participating laity.
Canticle of the Sun (St Francis of Assisi), paraphrased by William Henry Draper (1855-1933)
André Servier was an historian who lived in French Algeria at the beginning of the 20th century.
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28 August 1906 A.D. Mr. (Rev.) George Matheson Passes—A Blind Scots Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer.
George Matheson FRSE (March 27, 1842 – August 28, 1906) was a Scottish minister and hymn writer.
Born in Glasgow, to George Matheson, a merchant and Jane Matheson (a second cousin), he was the eldest of eight. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and the University of Glasgow, where he graduated first in classics, logic and philosophy. In his twentieth year he became totally blind, but he held to his resolve to enter the ministry, and gave himself to theological and historical study. In 1879 the University of Edinburgh conferred upon him the honorary degree of D.D.. In 1890, he became a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, upon the proposal of Sir William Thomson, Robert Flint, Hugh Macmillan and James Lindsay. He died suddenly of apoplexy (stroke) on the 28th of August 1906 in Edinburgh and is buried in the Glasgow Necropolis. He never married.
He started as an assistant pastor in 1866. His first ministry began in 1868 at Innellan, on the Argyll coast between Dunoon and Toward. He stayed 18 years. His books on Aids to the Study of German Theology, Can the Old Faith live with the New?, The Growth of the Spirit of Christianity from the First Century to the Dawn of the Lutheran Era, established his reputation as a liberal and spiritually minded theologian; and Queen Victoria invited him to preach at Balmoral. She had his sermon on Job published.
In 1886 he moved to Edinburgh, where he became minister of St. Bernard's Parish Church for 13 years. Here his chief work as a preacher was done.
In 1879, he declined an invitation to the pastorate of Crown Court, London, in succession to Dr. John Gumming (1807–1881). In 1881 he was chosen as Baird lecturer, and took for his subject Natural Elements of Revealed Theology, and in 1882 he was the St Giles lecturer, his subject being Confucianism. In 1890 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the University of Aberdeen gave him its honorary LL.D., and in 1899 he was appointed Gifford lecturer by that university, but declined on grounds of health. In the same year he severed his active connection with St. Bernard's.
One of his hymns, "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go," has passed into the popular hymnology of the Christian Church. Matheson himself wrote of the composition:
"O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go" was written on the evening of Matheson’s sister’s marriage. Years before, he had been engaged, until his fiancée learned that he was going blind—that there was nothing the doctors could do—and she told him that she could not go through life with a blind man. He went blind while studying for the ministry, and his sister had been the one to care for him through the years, but now she was gone. He was now 40, and his sister’s marriage brought a fresh reminder of his own heartbreak. It was in the midst of this circumstance and intense sadness that the Lord gave Matheson this hymn, which he said was written in five minutes.
Matheson published only one volume of verse, Sacred Songs. All of which he commented 'I simply followed the impression of the moment'  His exegesis owes its interest to his subjective resources rather than to breadth of learning; his power lay in spiritual vision rather than balanced judgment, and in the vivid apprehension of the factors which make the Christian personality, rather than in constructive doctrinal statement. His other writings include :
- Can the Old Faith Live with the New
- The Psalmist & The Scientist
- Spiritual Development of St Paul
- The Distinctive Message of the Old Religions
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Bailey, Albert Edward (1950). The Gospel in Hymns. New York: Charles Scribner's sons. pp. 457–461.
Julian, John (June 1907). A Dictionary of Hymnology. London: John Murray.
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28 August 1796 A.D. Birth of William Hily Bathurst—Anglican Minister with Scruples with Parts of the Baptismal and Funeral Offices of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer
28 August 1796 A.D. Birth of Anglican Clergyman William Bathurst—Resigned Over Scruples in Baptismal Office of 1662 Book of Common Prayer
William H. Bathurst (August 28, 1796 – November 25, 1877) was an Anglican clergyman and hymnist.
William Hiley Bathurst was the son of the Rt. Hon. Charles Bragge. He was born at Clevadale, near Bristol, August 28, 1796. His mother was Charlotte Addington and his maternal grandmother's was Hiley, thus his middle name. He married Mary Anne Rhodes, in 1828 and had 4 children.
Bathurst was educated at Winchester at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating as B. A. in 1818. In 1819 he was ordained deacon and in the following year he was ordained a priest. In 1820 he was presented by his kinsman, Henry, Third Earl of Bathurst, to the Rectory of Barwick-in-Elmet, Yorkshire, and continued there as rector for thirty-two years. In 1852 he resigned the rectory because of conscientious scruples in relation to parts of the baptismal and burial services in the Book of Common Prayer.
He retired into private life and first lived at Darley Dale, near Matlock, Derbyshire, where for eleven years he gave himself to literary pursuits. In May, 1863, he came into possession of his father’s estate when his elder brother died without heirs. He moved to Lydney Park soon afterward and died there on November 25, 1877.
During his early years of ministry, Bathurst composed hymns and versified a large portion of the psalms. These were published, 1830, in a small volume entitled Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use. All but 18 of the 150 psalms and all of the 206 hymns in this volume are his.
- The Georgics of Virgil: Translated by W. H. B, 1849
- Metrical Musings; or Thoughts on Sacred Subjects in Verse, 1849
- Hark! the distant isles proclaim
- Holy Spirit from on high
- Jesus, thy Church with longing eyes
- Eternal Spirit, by whose power
- O for a faith that will not shrink
- O Saviour, may we never rest.
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