THE HEART OF THE PRAYER BOOK
(The following is taken from The Heart of the Prayer Book by The Rev. William E. Cox, pub. 1944)
Christianity is Christ – what He did and said, and was – working in the lives of men; the Church witnesses to Him.
The Holy Bible is The Book of all books. It is the Word of God, the message of God to men, the supreme communication in all history of the Will of God, made known to us in its fullness in and through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is our one authentic record of what Christ did and said and was.
But the same Bible, the life and teaching of the same Lord, are differently interpreted by each of two hundred or more different denominations and organizations calling themselves Churches. In the midst of this Babel of voices, the question naturally arises: Where can we learn, accurately and authoritatively, what our Church teaches, and how she interprets the religion of our Lord? And the answer is: In The Book of Common Prayer.
The Book of Common Prayer is the Church's Official Book of Worship and Instruction, set forth with Authority, and the only book so set forth. All other books having to do with the teaching of the Church are but the efforts of some member of the Church to explain her teaching. This may be done well or ill, but it is at best the writer's understanding of the teaching, and the writer's point of view. The Prayer Book is the Voice of the Church.
The Holy Bible is generally conceded to be the greatest book in the world. It is acknowledged to be the most valued possession of the human race.
The next greatest book in the world many think is The Book of Common Prayer. In 1939 the Committee on Religious Drama, at the request of the Presiding Bishop, prepared a pageant to commemorate the 150 th anniversary of the adoption of the American Prayer Book and the title given that pageant was “The Great Book.” What reason is there for thus referring to the Prayer Book, - putting it in a class with “the greatest book in the world”?
There is a reason, a satisfying and convincing reason. The Bible and the Prayer Book are substantially the same book. The Prayer Book is the Bible in devotional form. More than two thirds of the Prayer Book is Scripture quoted word for word, and the remaining one third is the Scripture in essence just paraphrased enough to put it in devotional form. If you were to take out of the Prayer Book everything that is Scripture, or a paraphrase of Scripture, you would have little left but the covers. The compilers of the Prayer Book, says Dr. Dyson Hague, “secured to the Church a human composition so richly saturated with Scripture that it stand in its matchless beauty second only to the Word of God.”
IN LOVING MEMORY
Our heartfelt sympathies go to Prince and Gertrude Ajaere and their family at the passing of Prince's father followed by the loss of Gertrude's brother. Many prayers are going up for them and their loved ones.
The annual collection for the Tinley Park Food Pantry during Advent and Christmas was very successful. We thank those who made generous contributions for those in need.
All Saints', the REC mission church in Chicago Heights , is now meeting for Sunday worship with St. Andrew's. This was necessitated by the resignation of their vicar, the Rev. Shola Falodun, along with the loss of their meeting location at Marian High School . We welcome the members of All Saints' to our fellowship and pray that the Lord will direct the future of the mission.
Sundays, February 1 & March 1, 2015 after church with lunch provided.
GUILD BAKE SALE
Sunday, Feb. 8, after church
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 18th . During the Wednesdays of Lent we will have a Soup Supper at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall followed by a service in the chapel at 7:30 p.m. A Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex for volunteers to prepare soup, bring salad and/or bread, plus, a sheet for those attending the supper and/or service. Please plan to be with us as we observe Lent.
SYNOD OF THE DIOCESE OF MID-AMERICA
Is Feb. 26, & 27, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Matthias in Katy, TX.
2015 CHURCH CLEANING
A pool of volunteers is needed to draw from to clean the church the middle of each month. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
March 22, 2015
ST. ANDREW'S JANUARY 2015 FINANCIAL SUMMARY
Budgeted monthly need: $3,568.52
Total Offerings received: $4,195.80
Thank you to those who have made pledges and generously contributed in January. Keep up the good work!
MISSIONARIES OF THE MONTH
Please pray for The Rev. Canon Bill Jerdan, Executive Secretary of the REC World Missions, and his wife, Diane, Language Translator, as they work with missionaries around the world!