The Book of Common Prayer


Dear Ascension Family,

Below is the sixth Monday-follow-up email in our Ascension Essentials series, sent as a way to engage further in what we are learning. I hope there is something here you can explore.
I mentioned a delightful article called ‘Morning Walks with My Son’ from the New York Times.

If I was going to recommend one book from all the books we have been suggesting the past six weeks it would be The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books), by Alan Jacobs. A few years ago Princeton University Press began a series of ‘biographies’ of great books. Dr. Jacobs, an Anglican and professor of English at Baylor University, was chosen to write the biography of The Book of Common Prayer (often referred to as the “BCP”). It is equal parts English history, liturgical history, and introduction to ‘why’ the BCP has been such a substantial and formative piece of literature for centuries. I found it a thrilling read when I first read it and have enjoyed it as much the second time around. If you want to know more about where to find the daily prayer liturgies, we have several resource on our website and here is a link to the online Book of Common Prayer.

Last week I quoted in the sermon, and sent article links, to a wonderful, gifted theologian named Jeremy Begbie. I particularly quoted from a lecture called “Music, Words, and Theology” that he gave at Regent College, the graduate school where Mary Ellen and I matriculated and met. Dr. Begbie has spoken and taught many, many times at Regent. Because it is such a great lecture I reached out to the Regent Audio staff and asked if they’d give Ascension folks a discount on that lecture.

They did me way better.

From now through the end of June you can get 50% off THE ENTIRE BEGBIE CATALOG at Regent Audio. That includes public lecture, classes, etc…. When you go to check-out just use “COTA-Begbie” as the coupon code. You can forward this news to your friends, and you can find Dr. Begbie’s catalog here.

Some questions to guide your reflections:

  • What are the things I do regularly each morning to prepare for my day? How might those be forming me? What are you doing to be a part of the Eternity Revolution each day? What could you do this week?
  • How do I spend lunch most days?
  • Look at a 12-month catalog. What months have significant “Eternity Revolution” events or intentions? What don’t?

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