“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev 3:20 NIV)
Repeatedly from Genesis to Revelation, Scripture depicts God inviting people to a meal. A meal is an intimate event, one which we tend to share only with those with whom we have a relationship and/or are seeking a deeper connection. This upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is a chance for us to extend the table to those in our oikos, that is, our networks of friends, family, and neighbors with whom God desires us to share His love. Continue reading
From October 25-27th, clergy and laity of the Diocese of Western Anglicans gathered at the Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo. Thursday through Friday afternoon was a time for the clergy to gather and be encouraged. On Friday evening, members of the whole diocese joined together in a service of worship, during which Archbishop Foley Beach preached. On Saturday, various workshops were offered to equip the saints, and the event ended with a business meeting on Saturday afternoon. It was whirlwind of a time, but one filled with joy. Our joy was first and foremost based on the remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection for the sake of the world. Additionally, we received joy in hearing how this wonderful message of God’s love is advancing in church as far away as Butte, MT and Tuscon, AZ. God is surely at work and we are blessed to cooperate with Him in His great mission! Continue reading
We’re fast approaching the end of the current liturgical year and the beginning of the new year on December 2nd, the first Sunday of Advent. This Advent let’s join with each other as a church family (young and not-so-young) on “The Road to Bethlehem,” highlighting the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, their participation in the census decreed by Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1-7), and the expectant mother and her Child. Continue reading
InterVarsity’s fall conference is just around the corner, happening Nov.9-11! Every year during the fall, students attend Fall Conference at Catalina Island for a weekend. Fall conference is a space where non- Christians can get to know Jesus and are invited into a relationship with him. Every student that attends Fall Conference moves a step forward in their journey with Jesus. In the first three weeks of school, we met more than 250 students during our new student outreach! A lot of the students do not have a relationship with God. At Fall Conference, we invite these students to explore a relationship with our savior, Jesus Christ. Continue reading
One of the earliest Christian documents that we have after the New Testament is a group of letters written by Ignatius, the bishop of the church in Antioch. Ignatius was arrested by the Romans and sent to Rome to be put to death for his faith sometime in the early 100s. Along the way, Ignatius wrote letters to the churches. In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Ignatius wrote about the joy of the church united in worship with their bishop.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.