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Month: August 2010

Special Sundays

Someone told me that General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has authorised 38 “special Sundays”. IMO, the General Synod is irresponsible in its liturgical governance and leadership. I strongly support the three year lectionary in its RCL and RC forms. And I notice that this doesn’t work as well

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persons of the feminine sex

Archbishop Raymond Burke, the Roman Catholic Church’s top legal authority, has stated that reading at Mass or distributing communion is not a right of the baptized. “Assistance by “persons of the feminine sex” at the altar” is also not a right. Pope John Paul II, of course, allowed “persons of the feminine sex” at the

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Babette’s feast

The 1989 Danish movie, Babette’s Feast, is full of deep theology. The story is set in an austere Christian sect in 19th century Jutland. There is much in the movie, even evident in the above clip, about meals and hospitality, Eucharist and community, reconciliation and joy, the generosity of God and the great banquets of

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worship & entertainment (part 2)

A blog post is often pressing home a particular point. But reality is often more complex. More balanced. My recent post on worship and entertainment is a case in point. I was arguing the dangers of becoming entertainment-focused. Well-known John Michael Talbot sent me this tweet in response: “Worship that doesn’t entertain a bit is

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Week starting August 29

The readings Textweek resources collect/opening prayer reflection August 29 and week following [NZPB] collect/opening prayer reflection August 29 and week following [BCP TEC] Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who

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