An Anglican church has planted roots in Watertown.
The Rev. Samuel P. Lundy and the Rev. Douglas J. Marlow were appointed joint vicars to launch the Anglican Church of Christ the King, which is holding Sunday services at the former St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 314 Clay St. Its first service was the last week of November.
The Anglican church, which now has about 20 parishioners, previously held Sunday services at the Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home in Copenhagen. That funeral home, along with a second location under the same name in Carthage, is owned by the Rev. Mr. Lundy's son, Cullen D. He took over the funeral business in 2000 from the Rev. Mr. Lundy, who was the owner for 50 years.
The Rev. Mr. Lundy, who became chaplain of the Northern New York Volunteer Fireman's Association in 2011, said he was encouraged to start an Anglican church here by the Most Rev. Peter Wayne Goodrich at a meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where the Independent Anglican Church is headquartered. The Rev. Mr. Goodrich, bishop of the church, advised the Rev. Mr. Lundy to start a church in Watertown to meet the needs of families here. To do so, he became ordained as an Anglican priest in March. When the Rev. Mr. Marlow, who completed studies at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg in 1991, was informed in March that he was needed to share the workload at the church, he was able to complete additional training needed by August.
The clergymen, who aren't paid, will take turns giving sermons on Sundays, the Rev. Mr. Lundy said. The Rev. Mr. Marlow will fill the void when the Rev. Mr. Lundy is needed elsewhere as a chaplain serving firefighters.
Above all, the Rev. Mr. Lundy said, the Anglican Church is rooted in tradition. The 71-year-old said he was brought up by his parents to read the 1928 Common Book of Prayer still used today by the Anglican Church. Episcopalian and Roman Catholic churches, by contrast, use more contemporary writings for services.
“Some of the mainline churches have become more liberal, and we're quite traditional,” said the Rev. Mr. Lundy, who was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Copenhagen for 50 years before converting to Anglicanism. “We still use an older book of prayer, and I think in a rush to be trendy, (other churches) kind of throw the baby out with the bath water.”
The Rev. Mr. Marlow is also director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St., where his office is based. He was a member from 1988 to 2004 of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, where he served as a deacon. He was asked by the church in 2004 to step down from that position when he was hired as clinical manager for Planned Parenthood of Northern New York, because of the nonprofit's conflicting mission.
He also served as Mercy of Northern New York's chief operating officer and director of behavioral health services from 2000 to 2004. He was first employed by Mercy as director of public relations and volunteer services from 1971 to 1982. He later served as the supervisor for North Country Transitional Living Services and executive director of North Jefferson Health Systems before rejoining Mercy in 2000.
Antique wall clocks line the office of the Rev. Mr. Marlow. He said the calm noise of pendulums swinging back and forth is a reminder of the importance of tradition, which plays a central role in the Anglican Church.
Pointing to a clock on the wall, he said, “Something can be 120 years old and still tell time for us.” Like the clocks, the 1928 Book of Prayer is a rarity that's also stood the test of time, he said. “There's almost a rhythm of poetry that's part of the older liturgical texts that we read,” he said. “It's our reliance on sacred tradition that sets us apart.”
Services at the Anglican Church of Christ the King are held 10 a.m. Sunday.