Kevin Daniel 2-3-16:
I will agree this is an unsatisfying response ;-) , but unsatisfying because it leaves unsaid what I feel is a minor point only… but worth saying nonetheless.
For seven years we have had others come to “our home” and lead us in a form of worship which many of us have enjoyed.
They have now invited us to “their home” in which the celebrate and enjoy this sacrament for the first time.
Geno mentioned we could go to a local church nearby. Why not continue the relationship thus far fostered and, as a community, make a show of “housewarming” Christ Church Anglican by attending their service specifically?
Did you know that after Brentwood Church of Christ sold Hope Chapel its building it later came back and enjoyed pick nicks in the park with Hope Chapel?
Yet, honestly, not sure I am one to speak either: I myself may not attend CCA’s Ash Wednesday service due to other factors.
Just my thoughts.
Tommy McIntosh 2-3-16:
Excellent, excellent response Pastor.
Steve Hawthorne 2-3-16:
I support this decision. I had long anticipated that we would come to this. We have been a huge influence for united prayer and worship in our city, country and the world. And we must aspire to a great vision of all peoples worshiping as one people before God in Christ. But following particular liturgical traditions, especially those with little or no biblical grounding, is not something we need to do because it is an ancient practice or that the practice is trending well.
Your note was wisely written. Let’s keep pursuing greater glory for God!
LaVerne Johnston 2-3-16:
I like your suggestion in the last paragraph and have already thought of friends who go to St. George and St. Francis. Perhaps we’ll join them.
Leigh Adams 2-3-16:
If I’m not mistaken, Hope Chapel had Ash Wednesday services prior to CC’s partnership in them. But they were led under David Taylor and attended well by our Catholic friends who have since left. Donna Haskins invited me to my first. It was very powerful.
My first Ash Wednesday service was early on in my Hope days prior to Cliff even being back in Austin. Just thought I’d bring this up. It was always my understanding that we partnered with them b/c it was something we had both been doing previously. I do think they lead us into a Maundy Thursday service. I don’t have a strong opinion on the matter, though it does sadden me that we won’t be doing it anymore. It’s been an amazing piece of crossing the denominational lines… something Hope’s history is so rich in. We are getting more “normal” and probably focused so to speak. And maybe that’s God’s doing.
However, I will add that I’m saddened to see our efforts going toward something like the marathon rather than an Ash Wednesday service. The marathon is not my favorite thing… as a church-wide effort. It’s my issue, Nothing sinful on anyone’s part.
I try to rarely speak up about grievances. I know your job is not an easy one. I do respect that you and the staff do not feel comfortable leading in something you are not prepared for (your words :)
Blessings Geno as you hear from all the cats.
Yes, I just texted DT and he began our Ash Wednesday services in 2001. Just thought this was relevant to the discussion. Doesn’t change the outcome though, I realize.