All services are held in the Lutherse Kerk,
Koestraat 2-4 in Zwolle (click here for location)
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 16.00 hours: Holy Communion
Baptized persons who are communicant members of other Churches
which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity
and are in good standing in their own Church
are welcome to receive Communion.
To pray the Daily Offices (Morning and Evening Prayer) on your own you can purchase
a Book of Common Prayer or a Common Worship Book or use these links to say
the service online for free (which include the prayers and readings):
Here are the names of helpful apps for your phone (to say the daily offices wherever you are):
Book of Common Prayer (traditional): iPray BCP
Common Worship (contemporary): Daily Prayer: The Official Common Worship App from the Church of England
A little more about worship…
Communion in the mystical body and blood of Christ is one of the means Jesus has left us to know and enter more fully into the life of God. We use a particular form of prayers called “the liturgy” to guide us in our service of Holy Communion, also called The Eucharist (which is a Greek word meaning, Thanksgiving), or the Lord’s Supper, or in some traditions, the Mass.
The whole of Scripture, from its beginning in earthly paradise to its culmination with the descent of the heavenly Jerusalem adorned as a bride ready for her bridegroom, describes God’s purposes of uniting us with him in a bond of spiritual marriage – that “we may evermore dwell in him and he in us”. Jesus brings this about by his life, death, resurrection and ascension. (see, for example, Genesis 2 and its interpretation by St. Paul in Eph 5; Prov 3-9; Song of Songs; Wisdom 7-8; Isa 54; Jer 3, 12, 31; Ezek 16; Hosea; Matt 9:15; 22:2-14; 25:1-13; Luke 14:7-11; John 2:1-11; 3:29.)
The Liturgy is about this love affair with God – God is the Lover and we are God’s beloved. The songs of praise and the readings and preaching and prayers are organized in each service in such a way to guide us into an ever deeper union of our souls and bodies with God. It is organized chronologically to follow the movements of God towards us in history – first in the Old Covenant, presenting to us the Ten Commandments or Summary of the Law, then in the New, beginning with the words of the Apostles and then Jesus’ words, and finally presenting his death, resurrection and ascension. You will notice that as we go through the liturgy there is a back and forth conversation between God and each one of us, leading to Holy Communion. Communion with God is the life of heaven, which we begin to participate in from our baptism, and come to know more fully as we mature in Christ in this life.
The Daily Offices
Anglican spirituality has its roots in the Benedictine tradition. One emphasis of our Reformers was the greater integration of the active life (working in the world) and the contemplative life (prayer and contemplation of God) – we are to be monastics living in the world, surrounding our active life with a discipline of prayer and contemplation.
Archbishop Cranmer took six of the seven traditional offices (still) said by monks and nuns (lauds, matins, prime, terce, sext, nones, and compline) and combined them into two daily offices – morning and evening prayer. This pattern of two daily services also harkens back to our Old Testament roots with the worship at the Temple in Jerusalem – the offering of incense and the lifting up of hands in prayer at sunrise and sunset.
The Offices are about the sanctification of time and help us, to the “habitual, continual awareness of our life as being plainly in the presence of the Father, in every instant and in every circumstance, and a steadfast willing of the will of God” (R. Crouse). The outward discipline of prayer helps towards a state of Christian maturity where we find ourselves “praying at all times” (Eph 6:18) and where our hearts have become “a house of prayer” (Matt 21:13). Our tradition requires the spiritual disciplines of the Daily Offices (Morning and Evening Prayer) of its clergy and commends it to all people in addition to time for private prayer and contemplation and regular Holy Communion.
The offices are simplified services taking about 20 to 25 minutes during the week: reading psalms; hearing God’s Word read; and lifting up the parishes, the wider Church, and the world in prayer and giving thanks. If you follow the daily pattern, you will read through the Psalms once a month, the Old Testament once a year, the New Testament letters twice and the Gospels about four times each year. This immersion, day by day, month by month, year by year, in the images and stories of Scripture, nurtures our faith, fills us with hope, enables us to rest in its saving doctrine, and kindles our hearts to a fiery love of God and our neighbour.
The order of service for Morning and Evening Prayer are found in the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer or Common Worship Book.
Many find it encouraging and helpful in maintaining this discipline to join with a friend to meet once or twice daily to pray the offices together or with others at the local church. The daily office can also be helpful as a prelude and aid in entering into a time of deeper contemplative prayer.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, administered with water and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” is initiation into the Christian Church. In this rite the individual is joined mystically to Jesus Christ and His Church, receives forgiveness of sins and is regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
The opening words of the Book of Common Prayer service of the Baptism of Infants describes both the need and benefits of baptism in this way:
Dearly beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived and born in sin, and that our Saviour Christ says, none can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghost: I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to this Child that thing which by nature he cannot have; that he may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ’s holy Church, and be made a lively member of the same.
In that service we recall the prefigurings of Christian Baptism: in the flood at the time of Noah; in the deliverance of the people of Israel out of bondage in Egypt through the Red Sea to the Promised Land; in Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan by John; and in that Jesus shed out of his most precious side both water and blood when he was pierced on the holy Cross. We baptize in response to Jesus’ commission to his apostles before he ascended that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. [Matt 28:19]
The Sacrament of Baptism is the sacrament of entrance and initiation into the Body of Christ, the “one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church” named in the Nicene Creed. Thus Baptism is a prerequisite to receiving Holy Communion at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Those who have not yet received Holy Baptism, including adults who are receiving instruction in the Christian faith, are still invited forward to the sanctuary step during Holy Communion to receive a blessing from the priest.
If you are interested in learning more about baptism for yourself or for your child, please contact our chaplain who would be most pleased to speak with you.