Formulary Friday: The Prayer of Humble Access
Posted by Daniel Newman, 31 Jul 2015
The Prayer of Humble Access, composed by Thomas Cranmer and familiar to most, if not all, Anglicans, helps us to approach the Lord’s Supper with a right view of ourselves and a right expectation of what we are to receive.
Immediately this prayer presents us with the fact that we are participating in a corporate act: ‘We do not presume…’ Moreover, the rubric directs that this prayer should be said by the priest ‘in the name of all them that shall receive the Communion’, although this representative action is now widely expressed by the whole congregation actually praying the prayer aloud. Communion is not merely a private act of devotion. This confronts the individualism of much contemporary worship.
Theology Thursday: The Plausibility Problem
Posted by Robin Weekes, 23 Jul 2015
Ed. Heading off on holiday this summer? Why not get hold of Ed Shaw's The Plausibility Problem for a bit of holiday reading. Robin Weekes tells us why in this review from the latest edition of Churchman:
Few of us need reminding that issues of human sexuality have become increasingly political. From the legalisation of gay marriage without an electoral mandate, to the Church of England’s increasingly open attitude to same-sex relationships in church. All of us however need to remember that this is not simply a divisive political issue—it is a deeply personal one. Of the numerous books published recently on the church and same-sex attraction, this is the most helpful both in its fidelity to Scripture, and its personal pastoral sensitivity.
Ed Shaw writes openly as a man who is attracted to other men.
Formulary Friday: Instruction before Baptism
Posted by John Telford, 17 Jul 2015
John Telford turns to the BCP to explore how families can best be prepared for the baptism of their child.
The theology of Infant Baptism has bewitched the English church for years. I spent a grand total of five years full-time study at Oak Hill College, and barely a week passed where baptism wasn’t discussed by Anglicans and independent Baptists, thankfully always respectfully. I don’t intend to rehearse those arguments here. Rather I’m assuming that many readers of this blog are convinced paedobaptists who encounter a different question, one which I’ve been asked in the parish and wider diocesan contexts: What does it mean to adequately prepare a family for the baptism of their child?