Schedule of Weekly Services
Traditional Liturgical Worship
Holy Eucharist: 11:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer: 6:30 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Week and Easter:
Hope. We toss the word around lightly in our daily conversations: “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” “I hope you feel better,” “I hope my team wins the big game.” But we also use it in more serious settings. What parents do not hope for success for their children? When confronted with a devastating diagnosis that threatens our health, we hope and pray for deliverance and recovery. Although this serious hope is important, it pales in comparison with the hope that transcends life and stretches beyond death itself—a hope that all Christians have.
The temporal and eternal hopes of the people of Israel are on full display in the Biblical narrative of the events of Holy Week and Easter. On Palm Sunday, the people were full of hope that Jesus would topple the Roman regime and restore an earthly kingdom to Israel. Those hopes were dashed on Good Friday when the leaders of the Jews conspired with the Roman authorities and had Jesus arrested, tried, and crucified. For three days, the followers of Jesus were filled with despair and were without hope. But on Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead and laid the foundation for an eternal hope.
A characteristic of this Christian hope is that it is entwined with faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). This verse does not mean that hope is irrational or unexaminable. Suppose that in the land of the blind, someone were to say, “Now sight is the substance of things distant, the evidence of things not touched.” Does saying so make sight irrational? No, not irrational, but certainly it is foreign to the blind. In the same way, faith is foreign to “natural” man. But when God creates in us a “new” man, that new man has the gift of faith, and thus the basis for eternal hope.
We know that God desires a new people who have an eternal hope. Jesus spoke extensively of the Kingdom of Heaven throughout his earthly ministry. He spoke of a kingdom that is peopled by those who have entrusted their entire lives to Him—that is, those who hope in God. When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he demonstrated that He had the power to bring about such a Kingdom. His resurrection is the firstfruit of a coming life that he offers to all who have hope.
The events of Holy Week through Good Friday show the futility of earthly hope, the aspirations of which will pass away. But the eternal hope established by the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday can be relied upon in this life and beyond into eternity.
Join us this Advent season for one of our Choral Masses on Sundays at 11 AM, and one of our special Christmas services at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, December 24 and 25.
Happy New Year! Yes, you read that correctly. The Christian Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent which was November 27th this year. For those who need a quick refresher about the liturgical year, Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas on December 25th. During this time we celebrate the first and second coming of Jesus Christ into the world. Then, starting on Christmas day and continuing for the next 11 days we commemorate the birth Jesus as a son of Mary and Joseph. In the church, the statues of the Three Wise Men appear at the back of the Church, and slowly make their way, Sunday by Sunday to the front of the Church on the Epiphany. The six Sundays of Epiphany remind us the many ways in which God has revealed himself to the world.
We celebrate Advent at our weekly choral mass on Sundays at 11:00 AM. Join us 15 minutes earlier at 10:45 AM as we chant the Great Litany.
This year Christmas day falls on a Sunday, so we have three special services that you and your family will enjoy.
This Thanksgiving devotional was posted by Steve Perry at St Ann Chapel’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/saintannanglicanchapel.
My daughter Sarah was born an artist. From her earliest years to the present, she has always sketched, drawn, painted, or crafted. Lately she has been combining her art with her prayer time by painting a watercolor on a the pages of a “Journaling Bible.” Last month, she shared* this painting based on the events in 1 Samuel 7.
The Israelites had not yet conquered the enemies in their land. They were frightened that the Philistines would defeat them in battle. So they asked Samuel to pray for them, and he led them in a time of confession, fasting, and sacrifice. While they were praying, the Philistines attacked. But God had heard their prayer and threw their enemies into a panic so that the Israelites were able to defeat them. After the battle, “Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us.’”
The Ebenezer stone was a visual sign to remind the Israelites of God’s deliverance that day and in all the days before and after. When events again turned against them, the stone was to remind them that God had not abandoned them in the past and would not now.
Do you have a personal Ebenezer stone? Perhaps it is set in the midst of the events that led you to flee to God for mercy and help. Or maybe you remember a time of unsurpassed joy and blessing and understand that it came from God’s own hand. If you don’t have such a remembrance, ask God to reveal his goodness to you and thank him for it.
In fact, this next week is a great time to start. Thanksgiving is to the United States what the Ebenezer stone was to Samuel and the Israelites. This Thanksgiving take some time to share your Ebenezer with your loved ones, and encourage them to do the same. Remember together that “thus far has the Lord helped us,” and offer him thanks and praise.
* You can follow Sarah on Instagram, where she posts regularly with the handle @pearandink.
The Feast of St Luke the Evangelist is Tuesday October 18, 2016. Join us every Sunday for Choral Mass at 11 AM.
Luke was an extraordinarily gifted man who demonstrated his faith and integrity throughout his life through his words and deeds.
The early church fathers recognized him as the author of the third Gospel and of the Book of Acts. At the start of his Gospel, he wrote, “It seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account…that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.” The amount of detail and the clarity of the material he wrote, particularly for his non-Jewish audience, attest to his diligence as a researcher and talent as a writer.
Although he did not witness the events in his Gospel firsthand, several sections in the Book of Acts are in the first person plural as he traveled with his friend Paul, indicating that he was a participant on those crucial missionary journeys. Luke proved faithful to his friend and the Lord throughout their time together, so that even after others abandoned him near the end of his life, Paul would write to Timothy that “only Luke is with me.”
Later in life, Luke became one of the first iconographers, painting depictions of the young Mary with Jesus. Icons of St Luke often show him holding an icon of Mary and Jesus. He may have painted Peter and Paul, and possibly created a set of miniatures of the stories in the Gospels.
St Luke often appears with a winged ox or calf. The ox represents the strength and temperament necessary to to pull a plow through the tough soil of a field; the wings are reminiscent of the angels who bring good news. The ox is also one of the four living creatures that appear in Book of the Revelation, identified by later commentators as types of the four Gospel authors. It is because of his authorship of the third Gospel that St Luke is called an Evangelist (εὐαγγέλιον is the Greek word which means “good news” or “good message,” translated in English as “Gospel”).
Today, St. Luke reminds us to remain faithful to God throughout our days and to earnestly serve Him and His Kingdom with our whole lives, making use of every gift that He has given us.