All Saints Anglican Church

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"For the sake of others we walk with Jesus"

A Lenten Invitation from Fr Craig:

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The forty days (not including Sundays) represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

 

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christian’s focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

 

My invitation to our All Saints family, is that our Lenten discipline of repentance, fasting, and preparation will be about rediscovering our Kingdom Identity, and letting God remove all that is getting in our way of living a Kingdom life so that Easter can be a marvelous celebration of our new Kingdom Identity, which was definitively established at the Cross. 

 

At Jesus’ baptism, we witness a Father’s celebration of his Son, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Mt. 3:17).  In this brief phrase, Jesus is affirmed in all he is by the Father. In turn, we are told all we need to know about his relationship with God. In these words we see a celebration of Jesus’ true identity. The 40 years that the Israelites spent in the desert was a period of regularly forgetting who they were. In contrast, Jesus’ time in the desert becomes a place to remember who he is. The Father’s words of affirmation are the ones that are echoing in Jesus’ ears when he goes into the wilderness, words that reinforce his response when tempted. A grounded response, drawn from the security he gains from knowing who he is.

 

In the passage, all of the tempter’s questions start by questioning Jesus’ identity; “If you are…” yet the foundation of these questions is based on false assumptions of who Jesus is. Satan wants Jesus to believe his power is about the spectacular and the impressive; it is power as control. But Jesus’ identity is based on humility and love; a very different kind of power. This true identity, as modeled by Jesus, is an identity rooted in a relationship with the Father.

 

Lent is a season for us to slow down and willingly recognize our own vulnerabilities, those places where Satan likes to attack our identity as children of God. But it is in those same places of attack, the wildernesses in our lives where our identity can also be solidified when we choose to place ourselves in God’s care, we choose to believe his Word over Satan’s lies.

 

This Lent, my invitation to you is to do two things:

First, do the hard work of purposefully spending time in the wilderness to reconcile yourself to your true identity in God. Give up a bad habit rooted in your old dead sinful self, and invite the Lord to replace it with a new discipline rooted in your Kingdom Identity.

 

And second, if you are ready, take on the challenge of entering into the wilderness to reconcile our corporate identity as All Saints Anglican Church. Share in these two communal Lenten disciplines to remind US of who WE are, and whom we truly belong to.

  • Commit to reading the daily office through Lent. The scripture readings can be found at http://thetrinitymission.org/the-daily-readings/
  • Fast from after dinner on Tuesday night to dinner on Wednesday night, then join us at church for a soup and salad dinner to break the fast, along with a time of sharing and prayer, which will conclude with celebrating the Eucharist. (Hard copies of the daily reading and how to fast safely will be available at church)

Our Wednesday night gatherings are open to all, regardless of whether you are fasting or not.

 

Remember, Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

 

May your Lent be an identity defining moment in your journey with Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17-20)

 

For the sake of others we walk with Jesus

 

Fr. Craig+

In Christ for God’s Glory

ADNE Consecrates Bishop Andrew Williams

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Anglican Diocese in New England consecrated its second bishop, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Williams, at Holy Family Parish in Amesbury Massachusetts. 

On hand to officiate the ceremony and as Chief Consecrators were The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, The Rt. Rev. Bill Murdoch, First Bishop of the ADNE, The Rt. Rev. James Hobby, Bishop of Pittsburgh. Ten other ACNA bishops came from around the country, as well as Bishops James Ssebbala and Cranmer Mugisha of Uganda and Bishop Adam Andudu of South Sudan. The Rt. Rev. Bill Atwood, Bishop of the International Diocese of the ACNA, delivered the sermon on the history of the province, its implications for the worldwide Church and for the local church, and the significance of the role that Bishop Williams will assume on behalf of New England and the ACNA.


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