Pulpit and table swap
We are excited that this Sunday is the pulpit and table swap between The Falls Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church!
Seminarian Cory Irwin and I will lead worship at Holy Trinity using The Book of Common Prayer 1979, and The Falls Church will welcome Pastor Mike Gutzman and Vicar Allison Vincent-Beckman, who will lead worship using Evangelical Lutheran Worship, one of the texts the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) uses to plan their worship services. Cory will preach at Holy Trinity, and Allison will preach from our pulpits. Both teams will lead the adult forum at their respective host sites that morning, sharing what it means to live into our individual identities.
The Episcopal Church entered into full communion with the ELCA in 2001,* which means that we fully recognize the orders and sacraments of ELCA member clergy and parishes, a significant theological and ecclesial statement. Cory and Allison, classmates at Virginia Theological Seminary, invited Pastor Mike and me to consider a pulpit and table swap last year, and we were excited by the possibility to live into full communion with one another in this creative way.
Please be sure to join us this Sunday for services that are different but share similarities, and welcome Allison and Pastor Mike with open arms. And at the same time, hold Cory and me in your prayers as Holy Trinity welcomes us to their altar and pulpit.
*In addition to member churches of The Anglican Communion, The Episcopal Church is in full communion with the ELCA, The Moravian Church, Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, India, Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht, Philippine Independent Church, and the Church of Sweden.