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Theology Events

Friday, February 1, 2019

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, February 3, 2019

THE PRESENTATION (CANDLEMAS)

Candlemas is always the 40th day of Christmas, or February 2, when, according to the Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple. In 2018, in addition to celebrating Candlemas on Friday, February 2, we also are celebrating on Sunday, February 4 so that the maximum number of people can participate and so that we can hear music associated with the feast day.

Here is the account beginning at verse 22 of Luke, chapter 2:

And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (as it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. This passage reveals not only yet another epiphany (another revelation that this Jesus is Christ), but it also gives our tradition a great Christmas gift: Simeon's Song, also known as the Nunc dimittis, which the choir sings at every Choral Evensong.

Collect:

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thee that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
This course of study and lively discussion identifies seven major themes of transformation working through the Holy Scriptures. With the guidance of Father Matthew Moretz, each of these themes, or “stories,” will be explored as they make their way throughout the Bible to the radical conclusion in Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:15 pm, 5th Floor, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. Tonight's topic is: The Trinity: The Church Community reflects our belief in God as “Three in One.”

Friday, February 8, 2019

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, February 10, 2019

THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Collect:

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins and give us, we beseech thee, the liberty of that abundant life which thou hast manifested to us in thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
This course of study and lively discussion identifies seven major themes of transformation working through the Holy Scriptures. With the guidance of Father Matthew Moretz, each of these themes, or “stories,” will be explored as they make their way throughout the Bible to the radical conclusion in Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:15 pm, 5th Floor, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. Tonight's topic is The Holy Bible: “The Word of the Lord.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Absalom Jones

Priest
b.1746
d.February 13, 1818

Absalom Jones was the first black American to be formally ordained as a priest in any denomination. Lesser Feasts and Fasts describes how this came to be:

At St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church, he served as lay minister for its Black membership.The active evangelism of Jones and that of his friend, Richard Allen, greatly increased Black membership at St. George’s. The alarmed vestry decided to segregate Blacks into an upstairs gallery, without notifying them. During a Sunday service when ushers attempted to remove them, the Blacks indignantly walked out in a body.

In 1787, Black Christians organized the Free African Society, the first organized Afro-American society, and Absalom Jones and Richard Allen were elected overseers. Members of the Society paid monthly dues for the benefit of those in need. The Society established communication with similar Black groups in other cities. In 1792, the Society began to build a church, which was dedicated on July 17, 1794.

The African Church applied for membership in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania on the following conditions: 1, that they be received as an organized body; 2, that they have control over their local affairs; 3, that Absalom Jones be licensed as layreader, and, if qualified, be ordained as minister. In October 1794 it was admitted as St. Thomas African Episcopal Church. Bishop White ordained Jones as deacon in 1795 and as priest on September 21, 1802.

Collect:

Set us free, O heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of thy servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which thou hast given us in thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
On the Wednesdays of February 13, 20, and 27 from 6:30-8:00pm, join us for a special Evening Theology Course as we welcome our special guest, Jeremy Waldron, professor of legal and political philosophy at NYU School of Law. This first session will focus on the prophet Amos and the place of justice in his nine chapters. Amos is a short book (7 or 8 pages) and it will be helpful if participants can read it through in advance. Two other classes will follow on the next two Wednesdays: February 20 and 27. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thomas Bray

Priest and Missionary

Collect:

O God of compassion, who didst open the eyes of thy servant Thomas Bray to see the needs of the Church in the New World, and didst lead him to found societies to meet those needs: Make the Church in this land diligent at all times to propagate the Gospel among those who have not received it, and to promote the spread of Christian knowledge; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, February 17, 2019

THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Collect:

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
we will welcome a special guest, Retta Blaney, author of "Working on the Inside: The Spiritual Life Through the Eyes of Actors," who will speak about how various performing artists that she has interviewed (including Kristen Chenoweth, Liam Neeson, and Vanessa Williams) incorporate their Christian spirituality into their craft.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:15 pm, 5th Floor, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. Tonight's topic is The History of the Church 1: From house church to established religion.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
Due to incelement weather this class has been cancelled. At this special Evening Theology Course we welcome our special guest, Jeremy Waldron, professor of legal and political philosophy at NYU School of Law. He continues to lead a series of classes on the biblical perspective of justice and judgement in the light of the prophetic tradition of the Hebrew Scripture.

Friday, February 22, 2019

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, February 24, 2019

SAINT MATTHIAS

Collect:

O Almighty God, who into the place of Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the Twelve: Grant that thy Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
Today we welcome will welcome our guest presenter, David Garrard Lowe, lecturer, author, and director of the Beaux Arts Alliance. He will discuss the life and works of Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (1869-1924).

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:15 pm, 5th Floor, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. Tonight's topic is The History of the Church 2: Reformation, Anglicanism, and the Oxford Movement.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

George Herbert

Collect:

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
At this special Evening Theology Course we welcome our special guest, Jeremy Waldron, professor of legal and political philosophy at NYU School of Law. He continues to lead a series of classes on the biblical perspective of justice and judgement in the light of the prophetic tradition of the Hebrew Scripture. Note: Due to a cancellation of one of our classes because of inclement weather, a make-up session of this class will be held the evening of Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30-8:00 pm in Andrew Hall. We are grateful for Professor Waldron for making the time to finish his course under these circumstances.