Friday, August 27, 2010

Introducing the New Bulletin

This Sunday we are introducing a new bulletin format. We will no longer be publishing the entire liturgy, which will require us to use the Book of Common Prayer. The Book of Common Prayer contains the various liturgies that we use throughout the church year and is an important part of our history and identity as members of the Episcopal Church.
When Do I Use the Book of Common Prayer?
The opening section of the service, known as the "entrance rite," will be printed in the bulletin, so you will not need the Book of Common Prayer. In addition, at the conclusion of the service, the post communion prayer and dismissal are also printed in the bulletin. This means that the Book of Common Prayer will be used in the middle of the service for the Nicene Creed, the Prayers of the People, and the Confession. Also, if you would like to follow the Eucharistic Prayer, you are encouraged to use the Prayer Book. If you have a Prayer Book at home, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these sections of the service.
Why Aren't The Biblical Readings Printed?
The biblical texts were orginally experienced aurally, which means they were intended to be heard. In early Christian communities, there were no written texts, so the scriptures were read aloud in public worship. Rather than looking down at a printed page, worshippers were focused on the reader who was proclaiming the Word of God. It is highly recommended that you read the biblical readings at home before and after our time of corporate worship on Sunday. Take you bulletin home and read the assigned readings. Then meditate on God's Word throughout the week!
Here is a preview of the Order of Service for this Sunday!

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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful! I like the idea of revisiting the scripture at home with my own Bible as well as saving on paper and printing costs. Best wishes to the congregation on embracing this new concept.