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Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of Troubles

Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of the Troubles During the Prime Minister’s Question time on 15 July, PM Johnson announced that the government would be bringing forth a statute of limitations in regard to occurencess committed before the Good Friday...

Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals

Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals   Input has been requested on the proposals to change the current legislation regarding parishes within the Church of England.  The review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure...

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia Gafcon Australia has outlined its plan to support Anglicans who leave the Anglican Church of Australia over doctrinal revision which overturns the plain teaching of Scripture. At an...

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bp of Liverpool

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bishop of Liverpool The Church of England Evangelical Council has responded to a widely criticised public address and subsequent apology made last month by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of...

Questions Out of LFF, Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, I read the first article from Anglican Futures, regarding the document, Living In Love and Faith, [LLF] EC 8083. I found the article helpful, well presented and gives a clear overview of the document.  However, I found myself seriously disquieted and I raise...

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid: Parental Deaths Due to HIV

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid Parental Deaths Due to HIV  The Rt Revd John Orina Omangi, Bishop of the Kisii Missionary District in Eastern Kenya is appealing for assistance in caring for 100 children orphaned by the widespread HIV problem in the area.  Kisii...

Christianity & Craft Freemasonry, A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers

Christianity and Craft Freemasonry A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers Gerard Moate Latimer Trust, 2021 (ISBN: 9781906327705, 70pp) By 1964 a national commission of enquiry estimated the existence of 50,000 books and pamphlets on freemasonry. This literature has,...

Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale

Forgotten Reformer: Miles Coverdale Geoffrey Main Self-published, 2021 (ISBN: 9781916873704, 228pp) Episcopal biographies are always an enjoyable read, not least those of bishops who are better known for their non-episcopal work. Coverdale is of course best known for...

And Just When You Thought You’d Heard Everything, Bats Communications Officer

Whilst considering reducing the number of clergy nationwide, the Church of England is advertising for someone to be employed as its, “Bats in Churches Communications Officer”.  The post, which is located in London, pays between £31,857 and £34,255 (pro rata).  The...

Pilgrim’s Proces: Baptism Depths of Meaning by Peter Sanlon

In my last column we looked at the Lord’s Supper.  Today, we take a look at the other sign our Lord Jesus instituted among us.  These signs, or sacraments, which God gives his people are both simple and profound. In their simplicity, God's grace is powerfully...

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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