THE LORD’S SUPPER IN THREE COURSES
• Food, drink and fellowship;
• A contemporary service of Holy Communion using modern scriptural texts and an open time of reflection, and
• Dessert and more fellowship.
We pray …
Samuel Johnson, 1772, Timothy Cutler, 1765, and Thomas Bradbury Chandler, 1790, priests
The Reverend Doctor Samuel Johnson was a clergyman, educator, and philosopher in colonial British North America. He was a major proponent of both Anglicanism and the philosophy of George Berkeley in the colonies, and served as the first president of King’s College (the predecessor to today’s Columbia University). Born in Guilford, Connecticut, he graduated from Yale College in 1716. Johnson first became Congregationalist minister of a church in West Haven, but influenced by the writings of John Locke and Isaac Newton, he and a group of other Collegiate School graduates began to express doubt in the legitimacy of their Congregational ordination. As a result, Johnson left the colony in order to seek ordination in the Church of England. Upon his return to Connecticut, he opened the first Anglican church in the colony at Stratford in 1724. In 1754 he became the first president of King’s College. Timothy Cutler was an American Episcopal clergyman and rector of Yale College. Cutler graduated from Harvard College, and on January 11, 1709/10, having come from Massachusetts to Connecticut with the recommendation of being “one of the best preachers both colonies afforded,” he was ordained pastor of the Congregational Church in Stratford. After a visit to London, where he was ordained, with Samuel Johnson, by the Bishop of Norwich in March 1723, Cutler became rector of the newly formed Christ Church, Boston (more familiarly known as Old North Church). Here he remained until his death, one of the leading Episcopal clergymen of New England, full of polemic spirit, venerated for his learning, but too haughty in manner to be popular.. Thomas Bradbury Chandler (26 April, 1726 – 17 June, 1790) was an Anglican clergyman serving in New Jersey — 43 years as rector of St. John’s, Elizabeth. He was a pupil of Samuel Johnson and was involved in the promotion of the Church of England in America before the Revolution; his major work is An Appeal to the Public, in behalf of the Church of England in America. Like Samuel Johnson, he was a strong opponent of evangelical fervor, such as that expressed by George Whitefield. A strong Loyalist, he fled to England in 1775, but returned to the U.S. in 1785.
God of your pilgrim people, you called Samuel Johnson, Timothy Cutler and Thomas Chandler to leave their spiritual home and embrace the Anglican way: We give you thanks for their devoted service in building up your Church and shepherding your flock in colonial times; and we pray that, like them, we may follow where your Spirit leads and be ever eager to feed the hearts and minds of those entrusted to our care, in the Name of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
for protection and peace for
All victims of epidemics, firearms, natural disaster, injustice, war, terrorism and military and political struggles. Pray particularly for the people of Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
in thanksgiving for
The Laundry Love ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles and the people whom it serves, especially Laundry Love East Hollywood and St. Athanasius.
for health and well-being for
Messina Greathouse; Ellen; Marti Heil; Debonee Morgan; Rae Markus; Liz Hays; Grace; Margaret; Cristina Castro; Carminnie Doromal; Valerie Ward; Mary Louise, and all others who are in our hearts.
for strength and relief for
All who are unemployed or underemployed and all other victims of our economic system, particularly the homeless and the hungry.