A note on the color red, for Pentecost (Whitsunday): The liturgical color appointed for the Feast of Pentecost, also known (especially in the Anglican tradition) as Whitsunday, is red, symbolizing the fire of the Holy Ghost which rested upon Jesus’ disciples on this day, so many centuries ago. In many churches, it has become a tradition for those who so desire to wear something red – a tie for men, a scarf or dress for women – to this service. By all means, please feel free to do so, if you wish!
The Collect and Lessons for Pentecost.
O GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending* to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
For the Epistle. Acts ii. 1.
WHEN the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilæans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, where in we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judæa, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome. Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
The Gospel. St. John xiv. 15.
JESUS said unto his disciples, If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world can not receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us. and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you be fore it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.
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Announcements for Sunday, May 28th, 2023
If you are visiting us – Welcome to Christ Church Anglican, Southern Pines! Thank you for being with us. We are very pleased to have you, and we hope that your worship here is a blessing to you. Please sign the guest book on the table in the narthex, and provide appropriate contact information. Include your email address in order to be placed on our parish email list: you won’t be bombarded with mail, but it’s a good way to keep in touch. And may God bless you!
Adult Christian Education – Just a reminder that next week, June 4th (Trinity Sunday), will be our last week of adult Sunday School for this program year. On June 11th we will begin our summer hiatus, and pick back up again in September with a book study: probably Live Not By Lies, by Rod Dreher.
Trinitytide Addition to Sunday Service – It is good and proper that Holy Communion is now recognized as the primary service for Sundays and Holy Days throughout much of the Anglican world, but it is less good that we have largely lost Morning Prayer, in the process: Holy Communion was never intended to stand alone, apart from the Daily Office.
Our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Paul C. Hewett, has written that the Communion service – also known as the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, the Divine Liturgy, or the Mass – is the “jewel” of our Christian worship, but the Daily Office is its setting; and that Office and Eucharist enjoy a pericoretic (symbiotic and mutually enhancing) relationship with one another.
Are we giving proper honour to the jewel, if we entirely discard the setting? Furthermore, for the Gospel to be fully and properly understood, its Old Testament context needs to be known and understood, as well. Also, it is from the Old Testament that we learn of God’s law, which Christ came to fulfill – and which our present society seems all-too-willing to discard or ignore.1
Therefore, beginning on June 11th, the First Sunday after Trinity, we will be conducting an experiment with our worship, continuing through Trinitytide: we will be beginning our Sunday service with a highly abbreviated, but rubrically-correct, edition of Morning Prayer, which will consist of:
• the Opening Sentence(s)
• the Invitatory (“Lord, open thou our lips…”)
• the Venite;
• the Psalter selection appointed for Morning Prayer on that Sunday in the Daily Office lectionary;
• the Old Testament lesson appointed for Morning Prayer on that Sunday; and
• a suitable Canticle.
All of these are found between pages 3 and 14 in the Book of Common Prayer. We will then continue with the service of Holy Communion, beginning with the Collect for Purity on p. 67.
This will add perhaps ten minutes to the service; but it will also enable us to benefit from the Psalm(s), Old Testament lesson, and Canticle, which do not appear in the order for Holy Communion due to the fact that traditionally, the assumption was that (full) Morning Prayer would be said immediately prior to Communion.
Thus we will – as I say, on a temporary, experimental scale – restore at least part of the setting to the jewel, and re-evaluate as Trinitytide comes to an end later this year. Surely we can afford to spend a little additional time in the worship of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, on the Lord’s Day!
Annual Kiwanis Blueberry Sale – Locally grown, picked the day before delivery. Benefits programs for the children of Moore County and beyond. $36 per flat; each flat contains 12 1-pint cartons. Pick-up at Aberdeen Lake Park: Friday, June 9th – 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 10th – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Contact George Hillard (prior to May 29th), call 910-420-0365, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God grant us all a holy and blessed Whitsuntide!
1 “Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are called Moral” (Article VII, Articles of Religion: BCP p. 604).