An “Easy” way to think missionally this fall!

God’s Mission!

How do we know that our desire for our neighbors to come to faith will have success? What resources do we have to encourage our mission in this beautiful but broken world? Is our will or passion enough? Do we simply pull ourselves up by our boot straps? As Jesus was preaching and teaching in the first century, he came across many people who needed hope and empowerment for God’s mission. God’s Mission you said? Yes, God is on mission in our city, nation, and world! Continue reading

Healing Service – October 14th

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that [my sheep] may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)  Sometimes, however, we don’t feel quite so full when we’re suffering physically, emotionally or spiritually, and we need a personal touch from Jesus.  James, the brother of Jesus, admonishes us to come for prayer:

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Members of Holy Spirit’s healing prayer ministry are available every Sunday during communion to pray for that touch, but on Sunday, October 14th, we will have a special time of prayer for God’s healing.  This would be an excellent time to invite someone from your oikos to visit, especially to ask for prayer for a special need.

During the time we would normally have the Prayers of the People, teams of two from the healing prayer ministry will be available in front of the church to anoint and pray for healing or other needs.  For time’s sake, the prayers will be short, but God is not limited by our constraints.  He is always at work and hears the cries of our hearts.  He will heal and restore and give us life to the full if we will but ask.  Remember the woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years (Mark 5:24-34)?  She was desperate for healing.  Overcoming her fear, she reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment … and was instantly healed.  Jesus didn’t condemn her for making Him unclean (see Leviticus 15:19-27) but praised her faith and sent her off in peace.  No prayer request is too small for our God of love and mercy.  Come to Him with your needs and allow Him to touch you deeply.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)  Come with your needs (and with someone from your oikos) or the needs of a loved one, and lay those needs before God in prayer so that you my “have life, and have it to the full.”

Invitation to our 2018 Diocesan Gathering

One of the themes of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is that our life in Christ is a life together.  As Anglicans we appreciate and express our together-ness through networks of local churches, gathered together in a diocese.  Our particular diocese is the Diocese of Western Anglicans.  This diocese is geographically large, stretching from Arizona to California to Montana.  Each year our diocese gathers in late October to encourage and equip one another for the common work of mission which the Lord has given us.

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The Rite of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation

On Sunday, November 4th, our bishop will visit Holy Spirit Anglican Church.  Our bishop is the Right Reverend Keith Andrews and he oversees the more than forty churches in eight states which make up our diocese.  The major role of the bishop is the guard the faith of the church and he does so through supervising all of the ordained clergy in our churches.  Another way that he exercises his role is through the rite of confirmation.

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The Race for Unity

Race for Unity Event (Registration Link)

This is a simulcast event partnering with Bethel Seminary San Diego and Pastor Mile McPherson of The Rock Church to explore racial reconciliation.  The mornings activities will run from 9 am – 12:30 pm in the Bethel Seminary sanctuary.  All are encouraged to come and participate in this important event.  There is no cost to attend, but we ask that you register at the following link so that we will have some idea how many people to prepare for: https://www.bethel.edu/events/2018/a-race-for-unity-simulcast-with-miles-mcpherson  For more info please see Fr. Jack.

Get Involved in Small Groups

From the Pastoral Associate for Leadership Development

2018 Fall Small Groups

The fall small group term is starting the week of September 9th! At Holy Spirit Anglican Church our small groups are such an important part of our church family. Small groups are a place where we pursue God and are formed by loving Him in every area of our lives, build each other up as a family of Christ, and invite our neighbors to get to know Him.

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New to the Anglican Way?

If you’re new to the Anglican Way, you are welcome at Holy Spirit Anglican Church.  We’re excited for you to join us in the journey of following Jesus along paths that have been taken by His people for the past two thousand years.  We are all pilgrims on this journey, only Jesus is the master and guide.  We are excited to share with you what we have received from the Anglican tradition, but also to learn from how God has revealed Himself to you in whatever tradition you come from.

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Anglican way is our worship service.  To help explain our service, we’ve pasted below a very helpful article from The Anglican Pastor, an Anglican blog.

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The Christmas Gift

December 24 2016 – January 8 2017

 

The Christmas Gift: Perhaps the most famous verse of the Bible is John 3:16, “God so loved

the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but

have eternal life.” Jesus was, and continues to be, God’s gift to a rebellious world, and in Jesus

God offers true life, one that is eternal in quantity and quality. During the Christmas season our

sermons will explore this great gift to us from our Creator and Redeemer.

 

December 24

Christmas Eve

Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

December 25

Christmas Day

Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-20

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

January 1

Holy Name of Jesus

Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:15-21

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

January 8

Celebration of Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7.10- 14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon by Dcn. Jack Davenport

Advent According to Matthew

Advent According to Matthew:  

The season of Advent begins the Christian year by reminding us that we live within sacred time, time which is the arena for God’s story of creation and

redemption. The secular season places great strains and stresses on us, but the readings, prayers, and liturgy remind us of God’s greater purposes, one in which He is with us, and is acting through the sending of His Son. In this season of reorientation to God’s time and God’s story, we will attend to how the Gospel of Matthew shapes our expectations of the Lord’s coming, His first coming in humility and His second in triumph.

November 27

Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

December 4

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7,18- 19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

December 11

Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Sermon by Justin Mann

December 18

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7,17- 19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon by Josh Gough