Articles filed under "Seasonal"
As we enter the New Year, many people in our culture are thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions are usually things that are externally motivated; that is, they are things we feel we ought to do, but which we haven’t really owned, we haven’t really counted the cost and chosen them with our whole heart and mind and strength. And so when it gets tough to keep them, we fall away. Think of our under-used work-out equipment or fitness club memberships, half-done projects, partly-read books, abandoned hobbies and neglected honey-do lists! My concern is not to get you to finish those projects—it is rather to exhort you not to treat Jesus that way. Don’t let your relationship with Jesus be just one more thing you began because you thought you ought to, and then drifted away from, lost interest in, stopped working at.
But the Lord’s greatest promise was not merely about architecture, but it was a promise that He Himself would be there, abiding with His people. “I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst” (2:5). He would be their protection outside the city, since Jerusalem had no walls of defense. And His very presence would be within the city as He once again came to dwell among them.
He advised us to make time in our materialistic world to be with God, and to let the Lord speak to us through Scripture. He cautioned, “Your ability receive God’s word is determined by our willingness to do what he says.” “He will reveal His will to you if you truly seek it.”
Off we went to St. Stephen’s, Heathsville. We did not know that we were at the very onset of an amazing new and unexpected course. My interest in Anglicanism, from before seminary, was just dormant. We did not know yet, in the car that Sunday, that the Lord sets up stopovers in his own fashion, prepares unexpected inns for travelers, and has surprises and gifts in reserve, not unlike the ones we prepare for Christmas.
The Rev. Richard Treacy at member church St. Brendan't in the City imported an Irish tradition of giving thanks to God for his bounty and provision during the fall season.
In 2009, God spoke a new vision for VBS. He said, “Go and tell!” VBS was taken out from behind the church walls and held throughout the community. That first year there were 10 sites; last year there were 15; and this year, VBS is being hosted at 20 different sites (18 homes plus two homeless prevention shelters). Nearly 120 parishioners supported the sites and served more than 300 children, over 70% of whom were not members of the church.
This past Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th 2011, Church of the Epiphany in Herndon Virginia participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring for their sixth year. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national organization dedicated to supporting charities that feed the hungry and help the homeless across the nation and all over the globe. As of today, February 8, 2011, over five million dollars has been raised to help people in need.
Christ the Saviour Anglican Church Partners with the Lorton Community Action Center to deliver for Christmas
Holy Cross Anglican Church in Richmond shares their holiday spirit in tangible ways that make big impact in their community. As a “start-up” congregation made up of only about 30 regular attendees, their resources are necessarily somewhat limited, but they are making great contributions of time and commitment to their community. Their report below goes to show that a little contribution, given with a lot of spirit, goes a long way to create impact in the Kingdom of God on Earth.
Easter presents a great opportunity to reach unreached people without leaving the country, let alone your community.
While most ADV churches continue the family-friendly tradition, some churches are introducing new ways to capture the youth and to celebrate those that are beginning to have a mature understanding of the Gospel. At Truro Church, the youth have a lot to look forward to leading up to the Easter celebration this year.