Sacraments are “Sure Witnesses” Abraham raised his head to peer at the vault of heaven above him, its darkness punctuated with millions of pinpricks of light.  God promised him that his descendants would be just as numerous as those stars, and that he would inherit a land in which to settle. Abraham replied: “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” (Gen. 15:8).  God instructed Abraham to gather several different types of animals, then conducted a ritual sacrifice.  This confirmatory ceremony was accompanied by God’s oath-promise. Through every stage of the unfolding plan of salvation, God always used physical things, which HeRead More →

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Learning To Tell Time Liturgically It is safe to say — and perhaps overly apparent — that the Church tells time differently than the rest of the world. Rather than marking time by the seasons, political and military holidays, or the movement of plants and stars named after Roman gods, the Church tells time according to Jesus of Nazareth. Beginning with the first Sunday in Advent as we await the birth of the boy who is King, and ending with Christ the King Sunday, every aspect of the Church’s life can be understood within the context of Jesus’ own story. Annually As such, the newRead More →

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Worship | Saint Francis Anglican Church

Church Is A Royal Waste Of Time What good is the church?  Does it serve any purpose? What does it accomplish?  What tangible benefit does it bring her members or the members of its local community?  True, a church may gather provisions for the needy. Its members may roll up their sleeves and help each other with a practical need.  It may host seminars on financial responsibility or act as a venue for fellowship opportunities.  Its pastors and teachers may communicate helpful information in sermons and classes that increase the knowledge of its members.  But have you ever thought that all of these things couldRead More →

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According To This Beginning | Saint Francis Anglican Church

According To This Beginning When I began this article, I stared at a blank Word document on my computer and wondered, “Where do I begin?”  Beginnings are tricky.  They’re important because they set the course for one’s entire project, they lay the foundation, they set the tone for all that is to follow.  In the Prayer Book’s liturgy for Holy Baptism, there is a point right after the person has been baptized, where the priest turns to address the congregation: “Let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these benefits; and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that this Child (or this Person)Read More →

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Seven For Life | Youth Focus A House That’s Made To Last Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars…The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. – Proverbs 9:1, 10-11, ESV Imagine the scene.  A busy marketplace in a walled city of the ancient world. Farmers and tradesmen hawking their wares, attempting to out-shout one another to catch the attention of passers-by.  Crowds of people colliding into one another, dragging livestock behind them, asRead More →

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