Lost in Translation

18 Sep

We looked for an Episcopal church this morning and found one that listed itself as Anglican. Wow! I grabbed my trusty, dusty 1928 Book of Common Prayer and shuffled off.

Well.

They met in a school, which didn’t bother me, but they used a BCP that was very, very similar to the 1979 book, and Rite II to boot. They didn’t have a proper hymnal but used a thin looseleaf sort of thing, with maybe 100 songs. There were some “real” hymns, but they included some that I would consider more suitable for a Pentecostal church. Something by Amy Grant, for instance, and a version of A Mighty Fortress that I remember from an Assembly of God service.

At coffee hour – the Other Sacrament – I asked a woman what differentiated their church from the Episcopal Church, and she told me they thought the EC was getting too liberal in what they accepted. “They just took parts of the Bible and said they didn’t believe that anymore.” I didn’t ask if she was talking about homosexuality but figured that was one sticking point. I’ve had that particular discussion with folks at St. A’s, to no avail. Well, they won’t let me run it, so it’s their loss.

One Response to “Lost in Translation”

  1. tiggerlyss September 19, 2022 at 7:41 pm #

    It is very difficult for Alyssa and me to find a progressive church. Even though we are north of the Mason-Dixon line, the bible belt beliefs are rampant. The current church we attend is liberal although the United Methodists are not. Thought you might like this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6X_h1MaRGg

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