From Inside dust jacket: Writing years later, Captain John Smith described one of the Virginia colonists' earliest worship spaces as having seats of unhewn trees and an awning fashioned from an old sail. In this makeshift church the settlers heard the Word preached; there they confessed their sins and received absolution; there they partook in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; and there they added their "Amens" in assent to the petitions found in the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer. Alone on the edge of a continent, worried about their survival, their chances of making it back to England, and their next meal, thankful they were once again on solid land, Jamestown's first settlers found solace, meaning, hope, and strength in their reformed religion.... In the centuries since 1607, it has known many manifestations: established state church and voluntary association; the church of the majority of people living in British North America and the church of a small minority of Protestant Americans; as part of the British empire, the United States, and the Confederacy. The chief symbol of the church's identity, the Book of Common prayer, has been used throughout the diocese, at marriages, funerals, and baptisms, on more than twenty thousand different Sundays--in rural parishes outside Lynchburg, urban parishes in the state's capital, at the seminary in Alexandria, in suburban parishes on the Peninsula. In all those places and more, the church is still much like it was in John Smith's day, composed of individuals who continue to work out their salvation within a church struggling to define the legacy of the English Reformation.
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Book Description Episocopal Diocese of Virginia, 2007. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 0945015283-2-4