Anglican Worship in Japan

Date: May 14, 2024

My last commentary on my trip to Tokyo is a short reflection on the Sunday worship. I made my way to St. Alban’s-by-St. Andrew’s Anglican-Episcopal Church. It was a full and very diverse congregation. The Rector is the Rev. Canon Michael Moyer. The worship was moving, careful, and done well. The 1982 Hymnal was part of the worship. The sermon was crafted well and thoughtful – the Rector explored the salvific status of Judas. Afterwards, the coffee hour was well attended; and people were friendly and eager to talk to the guest.

This is an English-speaking congregation, which is part of the Diocese of Tokyo and a member church of the Nihon Sei Ko Kai (also started by our alumnus Channing Moore Williams). In the same way that The Episcopal Church has Spanish speaking congregations; so the Province of Japan has English-speaking congregations.

It was a joy to be present. The familiar far away from home. I was grateful for the Book of Common Prayer – Sunday’s worship was truly prayer in common with Episcopalians in the United States.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of The General Theological Seminary

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