Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What?!? Second Sunday in Advent on 17 Nov 2013?

We love our little parish, our Rector and people at St. Peter's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.  Yet, most oddly, last week...the Sabbath service...17 Nov 2013...the Collect for the Day, the lections and the hymns were for the Second Sunday in Advent.  I suspect it happened with a Secretary and was caught too late to be reversed by the Rector.  We proceeded without missing a beat; this is comforting since I sing Easter hymns in Advent, Lent hymns during Trinity Sundays, and Advent hymns during Lent and more; seasonal confusions are common; ergo, it was good to see it happen once in an institutional setting.  We never missed the beat but methinks no one else noticed except the Rector. The sermon was fairly good:  Second Coming, Resurrection and Final Judgment.  Not profoundly so, in the sense of the old systemeticians, but surely in the orthodox direction. 

St. Peter's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

And we sang this good Advent hymn too.

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