Founded in 1886, we are an Anglo-Catholic congregation in Woodfin, within the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Our purpose is to worship God in the beauty of holiness, to teach the faith in such a way that we may be empowered to serve our Lord in this world, and bring others into the fellowship of the Body of Christ. We are dedicated to maintaining the Anglican traditions that have formed our worship over the ages.
We welcome all baptized Christians to receive Holy Communion at the altar of God. If you are visiting for the first time, we welcome you to the Episcopal Church. Please make yourself known to Father Hanks.
We are what we are
because of what we have been.
Notes on the Service...
...for March 9, 2014, the First Sunday in Lent
RCL Gen 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Ps 32; Rom 5:12-19; Mtt 4:1-11
As the penitential season of Lent gets underway, the tone of services is somber, opening with a greeting from Psalm 103. Hangings are purple or unbleached white; alleluias and the Gloria in Excelsis are omitted.
The collect, first published in 1875, was composed in English by William Bright, "in imitation of the ancient model." Addressed to Christ, it began with an allusion to Christ's role of eternal mediator, "Merciful and faithful high priest, who didst deign for us to be tempted of Satan, make speed to aid...."
Lenten Sundays' readings from the Hebrew Bible form a sequence of episodes in salvation history: Today, the fall of humanity; next, the call of Abraham; then, Israel in the wilderness; King David's anointing; Ezekiel's vision of dry bones; last, a poem of the suffering servant. Lenten epistles interpret those passages from Paul's perspective. Lenten Gospels are about events in Jesus' life which complement or contrast with the Hebrew stories, starting today with the contrast between Adam and Christ.
The story of the fall sets the stage to open the drama of redemption. Notice that Genesis 2 does not say that the serpent was Satan in disguise (later commentators said that), nor that the primordial offense was any sexual act. The tree of knowledge of good and evil represents defining right and wrong for oneself. Eating from it represents experiencing right and wrong for oneself. The couple's sin was their supposing that they knew better than God and thus exceeding their creaturely limits. Having so over-stepped, they now are self-conscious about nakedness, i.e, ashamed of themselves.
Ps. 32:1, "Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven" might have been the song of Adam and Eve had they repented of their trespass, but Genesis does not show them repenting. Verse 4, "my moisture was dried up...." means, "my vigor waned as in the summer drought."
Paul interpreted Genesis 2-3 to mean that the human race was thereafter condemned. Although he did not use the term "original sin," Paul's interpretation was developed into that doctrine. In this epistle he contrasts Adam whose sin issued in death, and Christ whose resistance to sin issued in life.
As the LORD had exiled Adam from the garden, so the Spirit exiles the New Adam from Jordan. He refines his identity on a New Testament vision quest. The young messiah resists three false identities presented to him by the de facto ruler of this world: economic leadership, providing bread; celebrity leadership, surviving a jump from the temple roof; political leadership, ruling the world as a philosopher-king, temptations all. His victory is ours.
Daylight Savings Time: Please remember to set your clocks ahead this weekend so you will arrive at the church at the correct time on Sunday.
Work Day: Weather permitting, there will be a work day on Saturday, March 29th, to begin the work of clearning the brush and small trees from our property above the cemetery. Show up early and plan to stay for a few hours to kick off this project. If you have questions, please see Mark Lunsford or Fr. Hanks.
Book Sale: Also on March 29th, there will be a book sale to clear out some books that the Church has inherited. If you can not help out in the clearing of the cemetery, perhaps you could help with the book sale - on either side of the table.
Wednesdays During Lent: Every Wednesday during Lent, we will have a Meatless & Dessertless Potluck Supper at 6:00 PM, followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM. Please join us for an excellent meal and very meaningful worship.
A kitchen supply list is posted on the refrigerator. Please help us maintain supplies by noting anything we should purchase to resupply. If you can possibly help out by purchasing that item and donating it to our kitchen, please do so. The church budget would appreciate the help.
This Week's Schedule:
- Sunday - 8:15 AM - Holy Eucharist
- Sunday - 9:30 AM - Choir Practice in the Church
- Sunday - 9:30 AM - Christian Education
- Sunday - 10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist
- Wednesday - 6:00 PM - Meatless-Dessertless Pot Luck Supper
- Wednesday - 7:00 PM - Stations of the Cross
- Monday thru Thursday - 12:00 - Mid-day Prayer