This year marks a momentous anniversary in the life of the Anglican Church in North America. It was 10 years ago this summer that the ACNA was formed and Archbishop Robert Duncan was consecrated as our first archbishop. To mark the occasion, there is a special Assembly at Christ Church Plano (the location of Archbishop Duncan’s consecration service). At the Assembly, the first printed copies of our new ACNA Prayer Book will also be distributed and will then be available online for purchase. Over the past several years, the Liturgy Task Force has done a wonderful job of crafting this book which reflects the best of our historical services in a manner tailored for 21st century North America. The service we currently use is one of the early iterations of their work. However, now that the prayer book has been finalized, we will begin using the authorized liturgy this Sunday. It will seem very familiar to you although there will be a few words we’ll have to get used to being in different places. All in all, I am very pleased with the liturgy and am thankful for the work of this fantastic group which has crafted this prayer book for the ACNA. If you would like to get a preview of the book, you can find it by going to bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net. We will be using the Holy Eucharist: Renewed Ancient Text. (There are parts of the service we won’t use every Sunday, but will incorporate in appropriate seasons.)
This Sunday is also Pentecost! We will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell the heart of every believer in Jesus Christ and to empower his church for mission. Please wear red to commemorate the day. We will take a group picture at the end of the service since we did not get to do this at Church in the Park because of the heat!