Published Friday, October 4, 2019
Back to School
Rector’s Reflection: Autumn 2019
Back to School
It is hard to believe that summer is ending, and the new school year is beginning. My prayers are with these students for a safe, healthy, and intellectual deepening year. Along with the students, we, too, return to study with our new 2019 Book of Common Prayer. I received my copy a few weeks ago, and it is beautiful. I cannot believe how much I missed praying out of a prayer book; I had to relearn a few practices to make prayer time more enriching.
As I pray this new prayer book, I hear the echoes of Thomas Cranmer saying if this is a prayer book of the church, every member of the church should have one and pray it. I realize this book is not something you pick up and start praying if you have never used one. It is not difficult to use, just slightly different. I cannot overemphasize the importance for all of us to pray using this prayer book. That said, we are dedicating this year to learning not only how to use the prayer book, but also learn its history, richness, and beauty.
This summer, we’ve tweaked The Word. We reduced the frequency to four times a year to align with our liturgical seasons. In addition, we dedicated this year to the 2019 Prayer Book. Please attend the classes we will offer to learn how to use it. Our website links to training videos and other resources for using it. Finally, please feel free to call, text, or email me with any questions you may have, as I would love to talk to any and all about how to pray.
God Bless and Happy School Year!
In Christ’s Love,