Anglicans place great importance on the concept of getting ourselves “stirred up” on the last Sunday before the start of the penitential season of Advent. This year Sunday Next Before Advent is November 23rd and the First Sunday in Advent is November 30th, the Feast of St. Andrew, the first called of the Apostles. As I am approaching the one year anniversary of my retirement from active parish ministry on the day before Epiphany, I am faced with the first season in about ten years that I have not conducted a Stir-Up Sunday from the pulpit and the first Advent-Christmas seasons when I have not been personally involved with planning and conducting Advent and Christmas Eve/Christmas Day services. I’ve come to a decision about how I can “stir myself up” and also stir up followers of my blog posts, MP3 podcast homilies, You Tube videos and book-publishing efforts.
FIRST, beginning on Sunday, November 30th, I will post a revised and extended homily for each of the Sundays on the Anglican Calendar. The podcast versions will be available through links on a new Homilies page at the AIC web site: www.AnglicanInternetChurch.net. Each of the links will show you the name/number of the Sunday and also the primary Scriptural source(s). In this way, I hope, I can keep adding fresh insight and commentary on traditional Anglican teachings and not have these lost following my retirement.
SECOND, beginning December 18th, the seventh day before Christmas Eve, I will post a new video in the Great “O” Antiphons series on our You Tube channel, with a link from the AIC web site. Each of these seven videos will feature an organ and solo performance of an Advent hymn, plus commentary on the origin and meaning of the each of the seven Antiphons, plus the reading and response for each Antiphon. I’ve made a new mini-graphic for the series and also a postcard mailer. If you’d like one, please request to be added to our Weekly Update. Send a request to me a firstname.lastname@example.org)
THIRD, beginning December 25th, Christmas Day, I will post a revised and expanded version of the Twelve Days of Christmas videos. For each of the twelve days there will be historic art and icons, where available, for the theological themes of the days. These videos will be converted into MP3 Podcast versions. There will be links to the Podcasts on the Digital Library page.
FOURTH, sometime after the first of the year, I will resume production of the Bible Study series offered free via our You Tube channel and also via a Podcast version. These will include completion of the study of the Gospel of St. John and completion of the expanded and revised version of our streaming video series on Revelation. The series on Revelation will cover every single verse in the book. There is a new mini-graphic for the series and a postcard mailer.
FIFTH, also sometime after the first of the year, the AIC will offer a series of short videos constructed around themes developed in our most recent publication, Christian Spirituality: an Anglican Perspective. You can order a copy of either the print or Kindle editions from my author page at Amazon.com
I invite you to join me for these new or revised programs. I hope that each of you finds them instructive, rewarding, and helpful in building your personal defenses in the world’s ongoing War on Christianity. Judging from events of the last few months, I think you’ll agree that Christians need to learn more about the beliefs of the Church Universal in order to counter the assault from militant Islam and the consequences of misguided efforts to reach some kind of stalemate with Islam, such as Islamic services at the National Cathedral! One wonders if the Episcopal Church asked for a Christian service on Sundays at Mecca or Medina or the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.