BETHLEHEM — Christ Episcopal Church, Bethlehem, is distributing Books of Common Prayer and Hymnals.
The idea started with a suggestion from the senior warden and was echoed a little later by another member of the vestry, an announcement said. Then, at a Zoom conference, the bishop suggested it. If church members are not using the prayer books in the pews, why not send them out to the people in the community?
So began the process of distributing the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and the 1982 Hymnal to all interested persons in the community.
The Book of Common Prayer (or BCP) was first created in 1559 by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in England. The language has been updated a few times, but its basic format remains the same. It also contains written prayers for all sorts of situations, useful for those times when it is difficult to know exactly how to pray, and provides basic answers to important questions, the announcement said.
“In a way,” said Rev. Thom Peters, “we are returning the BCP to its intended purpose: a guide for individuals and families to participate in learning about God through prayer, worship, and reading. In addition, the 1982 Hymnal provides both poetry and music to further appreciate God’s gifts to us.”
Those interested in receiving the books may contact the church by email at email@example.com or by phone at 203-266-7698.
Christ Episcopal Church, founded in 1810, is located on the Green in Bethlehem, in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church’s website is www.christepiscopalchurchbethlehem.com.