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Anglican Futures: Anglican Alphabet Spaghetti

Anglican Futures Anglican Alphabetti Spaghetti A dummies guide to the plethora of organisations and acronyms linked to faithful Anglicans in the UK and Europe. I once spent some time around military personel.  Everything had its own TLA (Three Letter Acronym) right...

Canterbury Tales: Favourite Bible Stories Retold by Archbishop Justin Welby

Canterbury Tales Favourite Bible stories retold by Archbishop Justin Welby The Good Samaritan A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead, halfway...

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops The Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) met in Synod on 18 June.  While there, they elected two suffragan bishops to aid Bishop Andy Lines in providing episcopal oversight for the overall work.  Bishop Lines also...

Pride Flags Causing Conflict at Christian School

Pride Flags Cause Conflict at Christian School Conflict has broken out in a Christian school in Oxfordshire over the display of “Pride” flags. The institution in question is Kingham Hill School.  The same Trust (Kingham Hill Trust) oversees Oak Hill College, an...

Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers

Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers The Prayer Book Society, which will soon celebrate its 50th Anniversary, is raising funds to put a special edition BCP into the hands of junior choristers around the nation.   The idea came to...

Book Review: Reimagining Britain by Justin Welby

Reimagining Britain Foundations for Hope Justin Welby Bloomsbury, 2018, new edn. 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-4729-8497-5, 322pp, £12.99) The Archbishop of Canterbury has made several notable political interventions recently, including over ‘partygate’ and the Rwanda deportation...

Birthday of Anglicanism in America

Birthday of Anglicanism in America By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins June 16, 1607 was the birthday of Anglicanism in America. On this day Captain John Smith and 104 others celebrated the Lord’s Supper when they arrived safely in Jamestown, Virginia. Jamestown was the...

Barnabas Fund Report: Two ChiBok Girls Found

Barnabas Fund Reports Two Chibok Girls Found After 8 Years 24 June 2022 Two women, who were among hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the Nigerian town of Chibok eight years ago, have been found. Hauwa Joseph was discovered among a group of other...

New Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

Church of Ireland News New Bishop Elected for Cashel, Ferns & Ossory The Church of Ireland diocese of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory now has a bishop-elect.  The Venerable Adrian Wilkinson, Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross was elected to succeed the Rt Revd Michael...

Editorial: Lessons to be Learned from the American Pro-Life Movement

Editorial Lessons to be Learned from American Pro-Life Movement Friday, 24 June 2022, the Feast of St John the Baptist, will be a date which will live in infamy amongst the supporters of abortion.  On that date, the US Supreme Court, overturned the precedent set by...

Pilgrim’s Process: Spiritual Nourishment Needed by Peter Sanlon

We all need food to energise us for daily life. We all need food to energise us for our journey to heaven. There is something relationally encouraging and engaging about sharing a meal with a friend or family member. This is why the early church often ate together, even integrating a meal into regular worship. Of course pilgrims have not only normal meals to keep them going – we also are under instruction from Jesus to celebrate the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper – the meal of the new covenant. The Lord’s Supper emperors us to live for Jesus in a unique way.

Christians treasure the death of Jesus. We value the Lord’s Supper for the way it draws us closer into union with Jesus’ death for us. Charles Hodge argued in his systematic theology that the ongoing celebration of the Lord’s Supper is evidence of the cross: ‘It is just as certain that Christ died upon the cross as that Christians everywhere celebrate the Lord’s Supper.’

Cranmer followed Calvin’s lead, who was in turn indebted to Augustine – as they presented a vision of the Lord’s Supper that enables believers to supernaturally, by faith and in the power of the Spirit, feed on Christ. The benefits of the cross are given to us as we see, touch, taste and eat the sign of the gospel which is joined to the Word we hear.

We need and depend on every word in the Bible – and many varied aspects of discipleship are addressed in the divine book. But the Lord’s Supper focuses our senses on the death of Christ at the heart of God’s Word. And God’s Spirit uses that to draw us deeper into union with the Son. 

Like so many of the disciplines which God uses to bring spiritual reality into our lives, the Eucharist looks weak. We easily accept church attendance at a service in place of the spiritual food that God lays out for us. In earlier days preparation for receiving the Supper was more common – repentance for sins, relational restoration, time away from the world’s distractions. One of the ways we can be revived and fed to keep going in our pilgrimage, is to not only seek out the Lord’s Supper in obedience to him, but plan on approaching it with due preparation and spiritual expectation.

Rev. Dr. Peter Sanlon is rector of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Tunbridge Wells: www.emmanuelanglican.uk

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