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Acknowledging and Thanking Members who Served on Liturgy Task Force

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This article is cross-posted from the Fall 2019 issue of Trinity Magazine.

As we mentioned in our Book of Common Prayer FAQ article, the creation of the BCP 2019 has been a large effort that involved many throughout our province. The primary work of compiling the new prayer book fell to the Liturgy Task Force. Several clergy members in our diocese participated in this group. We thank them for their work and service.

Book of Common Prayer: Frequently Asked Questions

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Book of Common Prayer
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This article is cross-posted from the Fall 2019 issue of Trinity Magazine.

There are many of us in Diocesan or clergy circles who have been following the developments of the Book of Common Prayer 2019 and already know it like the back of our hands! However, we recognize not everyone might be as up to speed, so our Canon for Prayer & Worship, The Rev. Cn. Joanne Martin, has answered some common questions.

Book of Common Prayer 2019: Introduction and Highlights for Spiritual Formation

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Book of Common Prayer
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This article is cross-posted from the Fall 2019 issue of Trinity Magazine.

As the Anglican Church in North America gathered in Assembly in June in Plano, Texas, one highlight moment was the dedication of the Book of Common Prayer 2019 [BCP 2019]. Our new Prayer Book is elegant, flexible, thoroughly Anglican, and devotionally rich.

Announcing Appointment of Bishop David Hicks to St. Peter's Anglican Church, Butler

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Bishop David Hicks
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I’m happy to announce that St. Peter’s, Butler, has called the Rt. Rev. David Hicks (former Bishop of the Diocese of the Northeast & Mid Atlantic in the Reformed Episcopal Church - a subjuristiction of the ACNA) as their new Rector. The discernment on all sides has been very clear and Bishop David will begin his new ministry in our midst on August 1. I am thrilled to welcome Bishop David and his wife, Lisa, to the Diocese. They will be a blessing to us.

Bishop Jim Asks Us to Consider Year-End Giving

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Giving generously
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My Friends and Fellow Anglicans,

For many of us December is filled with anticipation of a joyous Christmas and shopping for gifts. I want you to consider prayerfully two special gifts this year.

Most important of the two, please bless your congregation with an unexpected financial gift. Year-end giving for most congregations is crucial. So, first and foremost, please be generous in supporting the ministry and mission of yours.

#MarriageMonday: A Reflection on the Marriage Blessing

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As we have seen in recent blog posts, our marriage liturgy is bursting with meaning and significance for this important covenantal relationship.  Nestled between the powerful, insightful prayers and the pronouncement of peace, the blessing takes its rightful place in the marriage service.  The bride and groom kneel side by side before the altar and under the cross as the officiant prays a powerful prayer and blessing over the couple.

Another Conversation We Need to Have

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Words fail me as I have tried to write a response to the shootings in Squirrel Hill on Saturday. I want to express deep sorrow for the pain that the families of those who were killed and the whole Jewish community are experiencing during these days of mourning. I want to explain that those of us who follow Jesus renounce the anti-Semitic hatred of the shooter. I want to reach out in some sort of solidarity. All of my words, however, are completely inadequate. So, like Job's friends, who were at their wisest when they held their tongues, I've said little and sat in my grief.

Conversations We Need to Have

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Call and Response Conference
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I usually leave a satisfying conference with copious notes and a lengthy to do list. Rarely have I left a conference stunned, challenged, changed. The Call and Response Conference was that kind of conference. The conference planners (including Fr. Esau McCaulley, an Anglican priest) called folks together to explore the past, present and future of the Black Church.