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.
Holy Week is fast approaching and it’s a bit earlier this year. Here’s the schedule for worship at Resurrection Anglican Church. We hope many will join us, especially for Easter Sunday. We’ll be having a egg hunt for the kids, and a delicious Easter Luncheon immediately following the service. All are welcome!
Reverend Christopher Bogosh will once again be teaching an excellent Bible study beginning February 18th. This study is called A Journey with Jesus in Lent. Participants will learn the purpose of the Lenten season in the Anglican Tradtion, with the Journey begining the day after Ash Wednesday and continuing until Palm Sunday. Rev. Chris will help us to learn ways to grow in grace, kill remaining sin, resist temptation, cultivate faithfulness, and keep in step with the Spirit, so that on Easter morning the joy of Christ’s resurrection will fill the soul with newness of life.
We hope you’ll join us either in church or through a video posted after each Sunday’s lesson. Classes begin each Sunday at 9:30 am with regular service to follow. Please see where to buy the companion book for the class and each week’s free lesson video under Bible Studies in the top navigation bar.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Each lily is $8.00.
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