Easter, Holidiay Seasons, What Makes Us Special

Easter Letter from Our Bishop

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Holy Week 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Epistle for Easter Sunday reads. “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.”

St. Paul’s exhortation to seek heavenly things is based upon the premise that we indeed are raised with Christ. What an awesome thought!

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not simply a side note in history that happened two thousand years ago, nor is it the happy ending of an ancient Jewish fairy tale.

Rather, that life-changing historical event continues to impact lives today in a very real and powerful way. We, who are in Christ, have risen with him and share in his eternal life.

As the Scripture says, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

I pray that our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord will be one in which the reality of Christ’s resurrection is a source of joy and motivation to seek those things which are above and walk in newness of life.

Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

+Ian Anderson

Holidiay Seasons

Memorial Easter Lilies

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Once again this year, we will fill the church with Easter lilies during the Easter week services. These lilies are extra special because each one is dedicated to a loved one who is no longer with us. This lovely tribute fills the church with the sweet scent of spring and Easter’s promises of the risen Christ.

If you would like to purchase a memorial lily, please contact Greg or Karen Bennet at 904-210-8042 or email them at gbenn@aol.com. Each lily is $8.00.

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Lent 3 – A Great Sermon by Reverend Christopher Bogosh

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Lent 3 is “hump week” – 3 weeks behind us, 4 weeks ahead us until Easter. But, more importantly, today was Reverend Christopher Bogosh’s first sermon at Resurrection Anglican. His message gave us some great food for thought on fasting. Why do we fast – if we do – and what’s in it for us?

Reverend Christopher tells us, “Lent is not a joyful season like Epiphany and Christmas; rather it is a time for soul searching, discomfort, and humility. Fasting is a tool we use on our Lenten journey to help us accomplish these unpleasant goals. Fasting creates an uncomfortable physical and mental tension within us. We experience what St. Paul meant in Romans 7: “When I want to obey; disobedience is right there with me.””

So why is inner conflict necessary for us to experience? “The inner conflict brings us to the end of self-assurance, self-confidence, and self-reliance, and, with the Holy Spirit’s blessing, to drive us again and again away from our self-derived powers.” Reverend Christopher further says, “we are humbled and abased; and at this point, we must look away from ourselves.”

So to what do we look towards? “We look to ‘the God of all mercy’ who sent His Son into the world in the person of Jesus to do what we cannot and could not do because of what sin has done to us. We are driven once again to the Gospel.” St. Paul directs us to walk in love…a selfless love, a self-denying love, a self-sacrificing love…”just as Christ also has loved us.” Paul continues to say that you will “know…goodness and righteousness, and truth.”

By living under the power of this type of love; “honest, upright, and virtuous living will increasingly become part of our thinking, speaking, and behaving. The first step is lamenting and grieving over our sins, and the second is dependence on ‘the God of all mercy,’ both of which are aided by our fasting during Lent.”

There is much to reflect on during Lent and we’re grateful for Reverend Christopher for helping us in our fasting, prayers, and meditation.

As always now, after our Lenten service, we feasted on an amazing vegetable soup and bread luncheon while enjoying our time of fellowship. Many thanks to Glen and Maureen Rice for the delicious meal.

Would you like to read more of Reverend Christopher’s message today? Contact Bishop Ian Anderson for a full transcript. ReverendAnderson@aol.com

 

 

Holidiay Seasons, What Makes Us Special

Soup & Bread Sundays

We’re starting a new Lenten tradition at Resurrection Anglican – Soup & Bread Sundays. Immediately after service, we’ll be serving up a delicious homemade soup and fresh bread each Sunday during Lent – and plenty of good fellowship too. This new day and time will replace the Soup & Bread Wednesday nights that were normally apart of our Lenten tradition.  Now more of you can enjoy this great Lenten meal without having rush to church afterwork on Wednesdays.

We look forward to this time together and hope everyone can join us…Sunday worship is 10:30 am and Soup & Bread is at 11:30 am. See you in church!

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Holidiay Seasons

Third Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 11th, will mark the third Sunday in Advent with the lighting of the third candle. It’s a time within the Christmas season when Christians around the world prepare for the coming of Christ – both as a joyous celebration of Christ’s birth, and also in eager anticipation of Christ’s glorius return for His people. Join us this Christmas season in worshiping our King!

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