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A Scheduled Return

  • The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
  • Sep 18, 2018
  • Category: General
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The Episcopal Church has so many traditions and then strange words for those traditions that it can be confusing to a newcomer. At the heart of those time-tested movements is an idea that we are training ourselves to be a certain kind of people. The idea can be summed up as Lex Orandi Lex Credendi. Translated loosely from Latin, we believe that the way we pray is the way we believe. The concept is incredibly basic. If we pray for the homeless, then we are likely to believe that God cares for the homeless, and then, with enough repetition, we might do something to care for the homeless.

Our life of prayer and its repetition of phrases in the Episcopal tradition are intentional. How we order Sundays can be just as intentional. We have now returned to the typical academic year schedule. This was always the plan for one simple reason- as your Rector, I need to see how it works. I know many folks loved being in the same space together. I also know that 10AM was not a great time for families. Other folks prefer the 11:15AM service and its formality. I know that many parishioners love Christian Formation/Sunday School/learning about their faith from 10-11AM.

I can say that the early results are clear that Holy Innocents’ is most comfortable and even happy with this scheduled return to the typical schedule. Why do I say this? We went from 250-300 on a Sunday to 350 our first day back. Sunday School was full. There is a palpable sense of energy and excitement to be back in the groove. Or, as Episcopalians might say, it is great to get back to the traditional Sunday schedule. It is familiar, it is home, and it is teaching us all how to be better Christians.