From the Conclusion of Homily XIV, “Of the Resurrection for Easter Day,” written by John Jewell, Bishop of Salisbury, author of the Apology of the Church of England, and contained in The Second Book of Homilies.
“Christ our Easter lamb is offered up for us, to slay the power of sin, to deliver us from the danger thereof, and to give us example to die to sin in our life. As the Jews did eat their Easter lamb and kept their feast in remembrance of their deliverance out of Egypt, even so let us keep our Easter feast in the thankful remembrance of Christ’s benefits, which he hath plentifully wrought for us by his resurrection and passing to his Father, whereby we be delivered from the captivity and thralldom of all our enemies. Let us in like manner pass over the affections of our old conversation, that we may be delivered from the bondage thereof, and rise with Christ. The Jews kept their feast in abstaining [Exodus 12:[15–20].] from leavened bread by the space of seven days: let us Christian folk keep our holyday in spiritual manner, that is, in abstaining, not from material leavened bread, but from the old leaven of sin, the leaven of maliciousness and wickedness. Let us cast from us the leaven of corrupt doctrine, [St. Matthew 16:6, 12], that will infect our souls. Let us keep our feast the whole term of our life with eating the bread of pureness of godly life and truth of Christ’s doctrine. Thus shall we declare that Christ’s gifts and graces have their effect in us, and that we have the right belief and knowledge of his holy resurrection: where truly, if we apply our faith to the virtue thereof, and in our life conform us to the example and signification meant thereby, we shall be sure to rise hereafter to everlasting glory by the goodness and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. To whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be all glory, thanksgiving, and praise in infinita seculorum secula. Amen.”
Christ our Passover is Sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast!
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Who is the Church of the Incarnation?
The Church of the Incarnation is a community dedicated to lifting up Jesus Christ and to being Christ to our world. "Incarnation" means "in the flesh." And we lift up Jesus by being His hands and feet, heart and voice to our neighbors. In this way, we are Jesus "in the flesh" to our world. We are a neighborhood church and if you live close to us, we are praying for you and your family.
Perhaps you have no church to call your home. Or you have given up on church because you have been burnt by church people. Do you have a vision or dream of how God can use a little neighborhood church? We invite you to dream with us and join us in walking with and following Jesus.
We are a small congregation of roughly 30 members. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds -- Moravians, Baptists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and Episcopalians. Our Pastor is The Most Rev'd Thomas J. Kleppinger and our Associate is Father Peter Geromel.
We are an Anglican Church. In the late 1970's the founding members of our church individually separated from the larger Episcopal Church (USA), striving to remain true to the authority of the Scriptures, and formed what is now The Church of the Incarnation. We have been in Quakertown for nearly 30 years, taking over the building of Bethel United Methodist Church (Now Quakertown United Methodist Church) in the 1980's.