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 Reverence 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

Thy Kingdom Come

October 30 – November 20 2016

Thy Kingdom Come: One of the insights of Christian philosopher James K. A. Smith is that, as

human beings, we are fundamentally lovers directed toward an ultimate love, or in his

terminology, a kingdom. This is true for Christian and non-Christian alike; we all have some

kingdom toward which we are moving ourselves. Our sermons from October 30 th through

November will explore how our readings define the Kingdom of God, and our prayer is that our

hearts would be captivated by this vision such that we are reoriented from our own kingdoms

towards the Kingdom of God, such that we can more faithfully pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come.’

October 30

Habakkuk 1.1-4, 2.1-4; Psalm 119.137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1.1-4, 11-12; Luke 19.1-10

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

November 6

Celebration of All Saints

Daniel 7.1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1.11-23; Luke 6.20-31

Sermon by Ronnie Short

November 13

Isaiah 65.17-25; Isaiah 12; 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13; Luke 21.5-19

Sermon by Fr. Caleb Hummel

November 20

Jeremiah 23.1-6; Luke 1.68-79; Colossians 1.11-20; Luke 23.33-43

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

Testimonies to Timothy

Testimonies to Timothy: Paul’s second letter to Timothy “is the most personal of the letters
attributed to Paul, written to prepare Timothy to carry on the work of ministry after Paul’s
impending death” (David A. DeSilva, An Introduction to the New Testament, 733). The way that
the aging apostle does prepare Timothy is by testimony, that is personal encouragement based on
the works of God experienced by Paul and/or others. Our sermons in the month of October will
seek to discover how these testimonies of Paul to Timothy still speak to us, preparing us for the
work of ministry in our world.
October 2
Lamentations 1.1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1.1-14; Luke 17.5-10
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
October 9
Service of Healing
Jeremiah 29.1,4-7; Psalm 66.1-12; 2 Timothy 2.8-15; Luke 17.11-19
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
October 16
Jeremiah 31.27-34; Psalm 119.97-104; 2 Timothy 3.14-4.5; Luke 18.1-8
Sermon by Dcn. Jack Davenport
October 23
Joel 2.23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4.6-8,16-18; Luke 18.9-14
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes