March 2019   
Upcoming Events


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM




Men's Bible Study
7:00 AM
East Wing
Nursing Home Service
10:30 AM
Maplewood Health Care And Rehabilitation Center in Canton


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Supper
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Free will dinner. All invited. Parish Hall
Bible Search
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Lenten Worship Notes

With the arrival of Lent a number of changes in our worship accentuate the seasonal tone of penitence:

  • The vestments change color from green to a simple undyed cloth and blood red “Lenten Array.” This custom derives of the medieval English Church, in contrast to the later Roman Catholic use of purple in Lent.
  • Ornamentation is simpler. In place of the usual array of brass candlesticks, there are two wooden candlesticks on the altar. A wooden cross replaces the gilded brass processional cross. There are no flowers on the altar until Easter.
  • During Lent we are using the traditional “Rite One” service in the prayer book. Based on the first English language liturgy from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, it is similar to the service of Holy Communion in the 1928 prayer book. The 1549 liturgy was itself a translation of the old Latin Mass with changes reflecting the Reformers’ emphasis on Justification by Faith and the unique and all sufficient sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. While the Elizabethan language may seem a bit formal until one gets used to it, it has an elegance of expression and gets right to the heart of the Gospel message of atonement.
  •  One of the most treasured parts of the traditional service is “The Prayer of Humble Access,” a prayer for worthy reception of communion that begins “We do not presume…”
    • We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful
      Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold
      and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather
      up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord
      whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore,
      gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ,
      and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him,
      and he in us. Amen.

  • During Lent we refrain from any “Alleluias” in prayers and hymns.
  • We begin the First Sunday of Lent with the Great Litany, the oldest English liturgical text still in use, and the only text dating from the reign of Henry VIII. First published in 1544, it draws from Martin Luther’s German Litany and Myles Coverdale’s New Testament. The comprehensive petitions of the Litany replace the usual “Prayers of the People” as well as the confession and absolution.
  •  All other Sundays in Lent begin with a “Penitential Order” that includes the recitation of the Ten Commandments and confession and absolution.
  • Please note: In Rite One the response to “The Lord be with you,” is “And with thy Spirit”which is a literal translation of the traditional Latin response. (Interestingly, the Roman Catholic Church has recently replaced the phrase, “And also with you” with “And with your Spirit”.)