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‘New Zealand Night Prayer’ set

As part of the Community Common Prayer Series, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., downtown Johnstown, will hold a “New Zealand Night Prayer” service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The service is free and open the public.

The offering of prayer late in the evening, by laity, religious orders or clergy, often called Compline, has sometimes been described as the “goodnight prayer of the church.” It rounds off the day and prepares participants for a quiet night.

“Night Prayer” is the order of Compline from A New Zealand Prayer Book. The formularies (set forms) contained in this Book were authorized on May 26, 1988, by the General Synod of Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, pursuant to the 1928 Church of England Empowering Act procedures.

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and the Episcopal Church of the United States are both full members of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Anglican Communion is the group of Christian churches historically based in the Church of England and the third largest Christian communion. Founded in 1867 in London, England, the communion currently has 85 million members within the Church of England and other national and regional churches in full communion. Anglicans /Episcopalians combine Catholic and Protestant elements in their teaching, worship, and government.

The “Night Prayer” liturgy derives its content from the wisdom of the centuries in Scripture and above all in the Psalms, but also from contemporary Christian experience of God.

It celebrates the awareness that each person who tries to pray is a part of the human whole.

Participants are taken over the threshold from day time, not in a mood of self-centered spirituality, but as representatives of humanity, acknowledging shared creaturehood before God.

Free refreshments and conversation will be available after the service.

For more information, call 535-6797, visit https://saintmarksjohns town.com/ or contact the Rev. Nancy Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks

@atlanticbbn.net

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