Lee on the Lectionary: Epiphany 2/3 (Year C)
Posted by Lee Gatiss , 16 Jan 2019
In this week’s readings we rejoice that in the coming of Christ all things have been made gloriously new.
The readings for the Second Sunday of Epiphany (or the Third Sunday of Epiphany when 6th January is on a Sunday, as it is in 2019), are Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11.
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Holy Communion as a Covenant Renewal Ceremony
Posted by Isaac Pain, 15 Jan 2019
Isaac Pain shares his newfound recognition of the Anglican communion service as a covenant renewal ceremony.
On Epiphany Sunday this year I had, well, an epiphany. During the week leading up to our Sunday service I had been reading Meredith Kline’s The Structure of Biblical Authority. Kline is well known for his insights into how ANE covenant treaties between suzerains and vassals sheds light not only on our reading of Deuteronomy, but in fact upon the whole of the Scriptures. And so it was with covenantal concepts in the forefront of my mind that I stood up to lead our Holy Communion service on Epiphany Sunday. After praying the Prayer of Preparation I began to read the summary of the law, and then it hit me. I knew what we were doing. I suddenly found myself in the middle of a covenant renewal ceremony. I did a kind of mental jaw drop as suddenly rabbits darted in various directions pursuing all the implications of what had just dawned on me. No doubt this is not news to many readers, but for me it was a revelation.
Church Society Podcast: Editorial
Posted by Ros Clarke, 14 Jan 2019
Ros Clarke talks to Gerald Bray, the former editor of Churchman about the journal, academic theology, and raising up a new generation of scholars.
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