Advent Angel Ministry

The Advent Angel ministry this year is being sponsored by the CTR youth group. We encourage you to join the youth in this ministry of love for our neighbors. Look for the Christmas tree in the Parish Hall where you will find tags with Christmas wishes from needy children living on Cape Ann. Take a tag, register with the youth group member nearby, and purchase the gift listed on the tag. We will collect the gifts in the Parish Hall on December 11, and deliver them the following week to the children who requested them. For many years this ministry has been lead by our sister Maud Warren. It is an honor to follow her example as we minister to needy children on the North Shore....

Whate’er My God Ordains is Right

by Allan Emery Raised as I was in a family with parents committed to Jesus and involved not just in our church, but just as intently and actively in a variety of other works intended to extend the Kingdom of God to our friends and neighbors, the concept of being a disciple was not strange to me. My own “conversion experience” was at the age of about seven when I asked Jesus to come into my life, mostly, I confess, as I was afraid (this was in 1951 or 1952) that I might be on the receiving end of an atomic bomb and I wanted to go to heaven if I died. High school, college, active duty, the first year of married life, and much more would be experienced before October of 1968, when I realized (one might say “the penny dropped” from intellectual assent to spiritual reality) that Jesus was God and not just an insurance policy against hell. While I knew I was a “believer,” it was on the occasion of that sudden fresh realization of Jesus as God that I surrendered myself openly and intentionally to the sovereign will of my savior. Whatever he clearly asked me to do, I would do my utmost to do it. From my earliest days I was given a dime (later a quarter) by my father or mother to put in the offering each Sunday when the plate was passed. In 1968 I had been two years in military service and earned a modest salary. But from the time I had started earning some income during summers in high school,...

Father Tim’s “1500 Day” Manifesto

Father Tim’s “1500 Day” Manifesto For the next four years I will, by God’s Spirit and with His help: Pray every day that Jesus, the King, would be manifest in the fullness of his true character with ever-increasing clarity on the North Shore, especially through CTR and other churches: His Name be honored, his Kingdom come, his Will be done, as in heaven also on earth. Read at least a little in the Gospels every day, and ask the Lord to soften my heart to Him throughout the day, come what may. Love each person who comes across my path (even my enemies) in the name of Jesus, recognizing that it is the Lord Jesus who knows hearts and who redeems; my message is the cross and love of Christ. In general I will endeavour to speak about what I am for rather than what I am against. Pray every day for the leadership and president of our nation (1 Timothy 2) and believe for more good than I would tend to think possible (Ephesians 3), however God may choose to bring it about, even out of things intended for evil, from whatever perspective or source (Romans 8). Pray for humility and patience as I seek to educate myself about the North Shore, or my town or city, (its people, history, hurts, beliefs, etc.) and ask the Lord to which (vulnerable) people he is calling my heart particularly and CTR as a church, as an area of special focus, and begin to move on...

CTR Strategic Plan – Document

This Sunday, at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall, Fr. Tim will continue to present and discuss aspects of the Strategic Plan. Copies of the Plan will be available at this event, or download a pdf version of it here:...

New Forum Series – Keep Calm and Love Your Neighbor

Join as Fr. Tim teaches through a series of dialogues with various CTR parishioners about tools for being brave, patient and authentic listeners while sharing our faith, and the joy of Christ with our friends and neighbors. Audio recordings are linked following each session. 10 am, Parish Hall 4 December: Sharing Stories 11 December: Asking Questions, Getting Underneath… 18 December: Prayer, the Holy Spirit, and Discernment 8 January: Jesus Touched the Untouchable 15 January: The Centrality of Forgiveness 22 January:  Working for Common Good 29 January: Some Things We’ve Learned from Other...