Good Palm Sunday Morning! As we begin Holy Week, I invite our parishioners and all others who wish to participate in this Sunday’s sermon and abbreviated service to view my YouTube channel. Here the Word and begin a week of reflection of our Lord’s journey to the cross.
Resurrection Anglican Church was recently blessed with beautiful, antique brass candlesticks. The Rt. Reverend Dwight Irons donated these gorgeous items from his own personal collection and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
We had them restored and polished to their original brilliance and while doing so, the restorer estimated their age at nearly 100 years old, dating from around 1920. These are truly special and add a timeless elegance to our altar.
We can’t thank you enought Bishop Irons, your gift is loved and appreciated by the entire congregation!
Resurrection Anglican Church warmly welcomed Bp. Robert Biermann as the National Church’s newest Diocesan Bishop. Bp. Biermann and his wife, Lori, from South Florida, were hosted by Resurrection’s congregation, which included a fellowship luncheon following the service. (Many thanks to coordinator, June Hart, and the many hands that prepared it.)
Today’s sermon from Matthew, Chapter 7 was preached by Bp. Biermann and reminded us that the message of the false prophets of Jesus’ day is also a relevant message for today’s world – perhaps more than ever. Being ever mindful of our responsibility to embrace sound doctrine and a faithful study of the scriptures, we as Christians have the perfect defence against these false prophets.
Bp. Biermann is the Diocesan Bishop of the Province of the Holy Spirit in Vero Beach, FL. We are excited to welcome him into the Reformed Anglican Church, and we look forward to his many gifts and talents as he labors with us in God’s vineyard. Bp. Biermann feels called to plant churches throughout the Southeastern United States, and we are very excited to see his vision of growth and outreach.
Bp. Biermann’s message from the eigth Sunday after Trinity can be found here:
Presiding Bishop Ian Anderson, Bishop Robert Biermann, Bishop Del Murray, Diocese of the Prince of Peace.
Bishop Robert Biermann and his wife, Lori.
During a joy-filled Sunday service this past weekend, Reverend Canon Stephen DelSignore was consecrated as the Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of the Resurrection. In a deeply moving service, Bishop Stephen was elevated to this honorable office because of his unwavering devotion to his growing congregation, his outstanding leadership, and his desire to serve God to the fullest measure. Our Diocese is blessed to not only have Bishop DelSignore serving as the rector of St. Andrew’s Traditional Anglican Church in Middleborough, Masachussettes, but also as a highly respected leader in the National Church.
In a church filled to capacity with parishioners, family, and friends, Bishop Stephen was consecrated by our own Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Reverend Ian Anderson. Also participating in this blessed event was Bishop Del Murray from Florida, Bishop Dwight Irons from Georgia, Bishop Geoff Hubler from Virginia, and Reverend Greg Bennett, and Archdeacon Mark Maurais, both from Florida.
After the beautiful service, coffee was served at St. Andrew’s as a light refreshment before an outstanding luncheon at the LeBaron Country Club. Those who traveled from our congregation at Resurretion Anglican were so happy and honored to be a part of this truly momentous occassion.
We’re pleased to show you lots of photos from this very special Sunday service.
Archdeacon Mark Maurais, The Rt. Reverend Ian Anderson, Reverend Greg Bennett attending the consecration of Reverend Stephen DelSignore.
This is the processional at the start of the service at St. Andrew’s. Linda Kirschner, St. Andrew’s gifted organist, provided a morning of beautiful music.
Reverend Stephen’s stole, pectoral cross, Bishop’s ring, and a new Bible presented by his congregation await him.
Bishop Dwight Irons read the Gospel at the start of service.
The sermon was delivered by Bishop Geoff Hubler. He helped us all come to a deeper understanding of the role and the calling of a Bishop.
Canon Stephen is presented and spoken for by his Senior Warden, Joe Pereira. What a beautiful testimony it was, highlighing Canon Stephen’s devotion to his church and his family.
Canon Stephen is presented first with his pectoral cross, then his Bishop’s ring.
Next, Canon Stephen is draped with his new stole.
Then his new Bible is given to him. All the clergy then lay hands upon him, participating in the consecration.
The new Bishop showing everyone his joy and his beautiful new crosier.
The communion elements were brought to the rail by Bishop Stephen’s lovely daughters, Meghan and Abigail. A final blessing by Bishop Ian and Bishop Stephen and a closing hymn bring the ceremony nearly to the end.
After the service the newly consecrated Bishop Stephen offered private blessings to those who wanted one.
On a personal note: I always look forward to traveling to Middleborough, Masachussets and visiting St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. But, this church is more than a historic building in a tranquil rural setting. It is a vital and alive congregation filled with some of loveliest folks I’ve had the pleasure to know. They are warm, welcoming, and filled with the Holy Spirit. They love one another and they love and support their pastor. They give and then give some more, showing us a living example of the body of Christ. Their example of reverent worship, unwavering kindness, and refreshing humbleness is beacon of hope in a growing secular world. Thank you for welcoming me and my wife, Robin, allowing us to come among you and worship. We love you all!
Happy Easter! Our Lord and Savior has risen…he has risen indeed! At Resurrection Anglican we celebrate Easter both in worship, and with a wonderful luncheon and egg hunt. We filled the church, sang beautiful hymns, and laid the abundant spread that has become our Easter tradition. As the children hunted for brightly colored eggs, the adults feasted on ham, veggies, and awesome desserts, all under our big white tent out in the gorgeous weather.
We are so blessed to have such a close-knit and friendly congregation, and we’re hopeful our visitors enjoyed the day as much as our regular parishioners did. We thank God for the families that were with us, the hands that prepared the food, and the volunteers who always make these fellowship celebrations possible.
Blessings to you all…