Sunday, August 16, 2020 last

 Family and I attended church this evening.

It was great to be there, even allowing for no singing (but we had a small band and fine singers).

Familiar things were wonderful:

As we set to depart home, I thought of bringing my old tiny BCP just for fun, but did not.

But, lo and behold, the service started with the Confession; not Cramer's, of course, but a contemporary version. Still OK, though.

During the prayers, the Reader included Paul's wonderful prayer at Ephesians 3:14-19.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom [a]every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the [b]saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

 At the conclusion, rather than any modern 'hip' triviality, the other Reader read the next verses, 3:20-21.

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations [a]forever and ever. Amen.

 How church should really be!

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