Theology Update for the Week of October 6

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Theology Class: “The Tudor Prayer Books: 1549, 1552, 1559”

Dear Friends in Christ,

This Sunday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m., we will continue our three-part series on the first three Books of Common Prayer.

The series, entitled “The Tudor Prayer Books: 1549, 1552, 1559,” will examine the Books of Common Prayer promulgated under Edward VI and Elizabeth I.  In particular, the series will explore how these liturgical texts shed light on key theological debates of the English Reformation.

This Sunday’s class will focus on the Prayer Book of 1552 and the incorporation of additional Protestant liturgical elements into that work.  Next Sunday’s class will focus on the Prayer Book of 1559 and the influence of Elizabeth I on Anglican liturgy and theology to this day.

I hope to see many of you on Sunday morning.  We will meet on the fifth floor of the parish house.  As always, if you have any questions about our theology program, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].


Fr. Cheng

Theologian in Residence

Pilgrims’ Course II

During the five Tuesdays of October from 6:30-8:00 pm, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue will be offering the Pilgrims’ Course II series.

This course is designed for parishioners who were recently confirmed or received.  In particular, it will help such individuals to strengthen and deepen their relationship with God, the Episcopal Church, and our parish.

This coming Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m., we will cover the topic of the Daily Office and Daily Prayers.  The instructors will be Fr. Cheng and Fr. Bennett.

The course is open to all those who have completed the Pilgrims’ Course I series or the Rector’s Doctrine Class since 2015.  We will be using Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe as our text.  The book is available for purchase in the parish bookstore.  For more information about this book, follow this link.

To sign up for this program, please contact Fr. Cheng at [email protected].

Friday Bible Study

All are welcome to join the parish’s ongoing Friday Bible Study.  The class runs for an hour in the parish house living room following the 12:10 pm Mass.

Under Fr. Ryan Bennett’s guidance, the class is studying the Gospel According to John, including an in-depth exploration of the text as a group.  For more information about the Friday Bible Study, please contact Fr. Bennett at [email protected].