Advent and Christmas, What Makes Us Special

Third Sunday in Advent

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Here we are, almost to Christmas.  Today marks the third Sunday in Advent or Gaudete Sunday, taken from the Latin word for “rejoice.”  We call the pink or rose colored candle the Joy Candle or the Shepherd’s Candle.  Pink or rose is historically the color of joy and there’s certainly much to be joyful about!

We celebrate the amazing news of Christ’s coming with joy just as the shepherds did thousands of years ago.  This beautiful account is in the book of Luke.

“…and she gave birth ot her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be agraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’  When the angels had left and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  ~ Luke 2:7-15

Join us each Sunday as we celebrate Advent!

+Ian

Advent and Christmas, What Makes Us Special

Second Sunday in Advent 2017

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Sunday, December 10th marked the second Sunday in Advent.  So what does it mean when that second purple candle is lit?  It is often called the Bethlehem Candle or the The Candle of Preparation.

God promised a Savior to the people and Prophets of the Old Testament.  Just as those before us did for thousands of years, we prepare or get ready to welcome Him.  We prepare a place for God in our hearts through prayer and worship.

“As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah, the prophet saying: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.  Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.  And all mandkind will see God’s salvation.”  ~ Luke 3: 4-6

Please join us for the next Sunday in Advent – soup and bread to follow each Advent service!

+Ian

Advent and Christmas, Holidiay Seasons, What Makes Us Special

The Joyous Season of Advent

Perhaps for young and old alike, the most anticipated season in the year is Christmas.  With festive lights, gifts to give and receive, and the gathering of family and friends, there’s much so look forward to. However, in the Christian church Advent signals a period of profound contemplation.

During the four weeks of Advent we recognize and rejoice in the coming of our Lord.  But, for the faithful, it’s so much more than that.  We see not only Christ’s arrival, but the completion of His earthly ministry.  We ponder the great sacrifice that our Savior, Jesus Christ, made for us by coming to earth as an infant.  He lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death, and rose from the dead for us.  He saved us from our sins, and because of His great love, we can have life eternal.  Now that’s really a reason to anticipate Christmas!

Resurrection Anglican has been greened and we’re ready to greet one and all who would love to worship with us.  Today we marked Advent 1, and we did so by lighting the first cancle.  Join us each Sunday right up through Christmas as we light a new taper.  Our communion service begins at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.  Homemade soup, bread, and fellowship follows each service during Advent.  On Christmas Eve we’ll have our regular service in the morning and we’ll sing Lessons and Carols at 6:30 pm with dessert to follow.

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The first candle to be lit is the Prophecy Cancle or the Candle of Hope.  It reminds us that God is ever faithful and keeps His promises.  All hope comes from God!

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Our beautiful tree is up and gleaming in many colorful and symbolic ornaments.

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We welcome you to come and worship with us each and every Sunday, rejoicing in the  birth of the Christ child!

+Ian Anderson

Church Ordinations, Keoka Lake Anglican Fellowship, St. Andrew's Traditional Anglican Church, What Makes Us Special

Reverend Christopher Bogosh Ordained to the Preisthood

St. Andrew’s Traditional Anglican Church graciously hosted the ordination of Reverend Christopher Bogosh on Saturday, August 26th. Originally from Boston, Christopher was able to have his family in attendance – a day made even more meaningful with their love and support.

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Ordained by our own The Right Reverend Ian D. Anderson, Christopher also had a number of Resurrection Anglican Church’s clergy in attendance. With a full church, beautiful organ music, and a catered luncheon following, it was a highly spiritual ceremony celebrated with great joy and fellowship.

Blog 2Deacon Mark Maurais, from Resurrection, led the processional, assisted in the ordination and read the Epistle. Canon Stephen DelSignore, Rector of St. Andrew’s, delivered a moving sermon on the meaning of the ministerial call.

Blog 3Bishop Ian read the Gospel.

Blog 4Christopher kneels before the altar in presentation before Bishop Ian and other clergy. Here he makes his vows and committment to the Anglican faith.

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Blog 6Christopher receives his stole as it’s draped by Reverend Greg Bennett of Resurrection Anglican and Keoka Lake Anglican Fellowship in Maine.

Blog 7A special moment showing the laying on of hands by the clergy, as Christopher is ordained a priest in the Reformed Anglican Church.

Blog 8As Reverend Christopher was formally introduced to the congregation, his sister stepped from her pew and planted a congratulartory kiss on his cheek! Unexpected and sweet!

Blog 9And then, Reverend Christopher celebrated his first communion with the clergy and then the congregants of St. Andrew’s.

Blog 10Canon Stephen administers the chalice to his daughters, Abigail and Meghan, as Reverend Christoper gives blessings to some of the others.

Blog 11Bishop Ian blesses the congregants to “Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord,” in conclusion of the service. Reverend Christopher poses with the clergy at the altar. (L to R: Deacon Mark Maurais, Bishop Ian Anderson, Reverend Christopher Bogosh, Canon Stephen DelSignore, and Reverend Greg Bennett)

Blog 12Reverend Christopher is beaming as he poses with his family inside and outside the church. The woman in the photo frame is his sister, who sadly passed away. We’re all certain she was there in spirit!

We congratulate Reverend Christopher on his ordination and wish him many, many years in service to the Lord and those he ministers to along the way. We’re confident that all of those who know him will be richly blessed by his knowledge and compassion for others.

Blessings and Peace,

+Ian Anderson

 

Church Ordinations

Christopher Bogosh Ordained a Deacon

 

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Ordaining a man into the deaconate is both an honor and a pleasure.  While, it’s wonderful to see a man dedicate his life to worshiping God, spreading the Word to others while planning a new church is truly a blessing to all.

Christopher Bogosh was already an accomplished clergyman from another denomination when he came to Resurrection Anglican Church. Not long ago he felt compelled to continue his works in the Anglican Tradition, and so began his study and journey towards receiving Anglican orders.  A published author, his books are well written and thoroughly researched, providing the reader with valuable insight into living a Christian life in today’s complicated world.

So, it was with great joy that we welcomed him into the Reformed Anglican Church on June 9th as a Transitional Deacon. As we look forward to more of Christopher’s terrific preaching this summer, he will be preparing for his final ordination to the priesthood on August 26th in Middleborough, Massechussets.  The Very Reverend Stephen DelSignore of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church will host this event during the National Synod, August 25-27th. Along with visiting clergy, Presiding Bishop Del Murray will also be in attendance.

We couldn’t be more excited to see where Christopher’s walk takes him, and we’re looking forward to seeing the many lives he touches with the Gospel.

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