Sustained and Forgiven

By Devin McGinnis “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19) These are the words that start the season of Lent. As we pilgrimage through these weeks we wait, we fast, we prepare, and not one Alleluia escapes our lips. I have been apart of the Anglican tradition for two years now. Ever since joining the Anglican Church Lent has been difficult. It is not that I do not understand Lent, indeed, it is because I now understand the meaning, the gravity, the purpose, that Lent has become hard. For forty days we fast in preparation for the great feast of the resurrection. We fast, we remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return. We remember our baptism. We remember that we have renounced the Devil and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God. We remember that we have renounced the empty promises and deadly deceits of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God. We remember that we have renounced the sinful desires of the flesh that draw us from the love of God. Further, we remember that we have turned to Jesus Christ and confessed him as our Lord and Savior. We remember that we have joyfully received the Christian Faith, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We remember that we have promised to obediently keep God’s holy will and commandments, and walk in them all the days of our life. We remember these, but then we also remember that we continue to sin–that we are dust and...

Holy Week & Easter Services

HOLY WEEK & EASTER PALM SUNDAY  – April 9  7:45 am Holy Eucharist 7:45 am–11 am Palm Sunday Brunch 9:00 am Holy Eucharist 11:00 am Holy Eucharist HOLY MONDAY – April 10 7:30 pm Holy Eucharist Rite 1 HOLY TUESDAY – April 11 7:30 pm Holy Eucharist Rite 1 HOLY WEDNESDAY – April 12 6:30 am Holy Eucharist & Confession 7:30 pm Tenebrae Service MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 13 4:00 pm Children’s Last Supper Celebration 5:00 pm Agapé Meal 7:30 pm Solemn Eucharist with the Washing of Feet, the Procession to the Altar of Repose, and the Stripping of the Altar 9:30 pm – Midnight Prayer Vigil at the Altar of Repose (Baptistry) GOOD FRIDAY – April 14 12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross 1:00-3:00 pm Good Friday Devotions 4:00 pm Children’s Stations of the Cross 5:00-6:30 pm Confession (clergy available for confession) 7:30 pm Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday HOLY SATURDAY  – April 15  9:00 am Holy Saturday Office 4:00 pm Children’s Liturgy of Light 7:30 pm The Great Vigil of Easter with incense – BRING BELLS! A “Break the Fast” celebration follows the service SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION: EASTER DAY –  April 16 10:00 am Festival Eucharist 1:00 pm Easter Potluck Dinner in the Parish...

CTR Collection for Syrian Refugees

God enforces His justice for the powerless, such as orphans and widows, and He Loves foreigners, making sure they have food and clothing (Deuteronomy 10:18 The Voice). Here is what the Eternal, Commander of Heavenly armies, has to say: “Dispense true justice, have mercy on others, and show all people compassion. Do not take advantage of those who have lost a spouse or a parent, or those who are outsiders or poor (Zechariah 7:9-10a The Voice). Many thousands of refugees come to the United States every year. Many of them come from war torn countries like Syria with little more than the shirts on their backs. But millions of refugees remain trapped in squalid refugee camps without adequate clothing and supplies of daily living that we take for granted. More than nine million Syrians have fled Syria, hoping for a better life once they leave the refugee camps. Two thirds of these refugees are mothers and children. Christ the Redeemer Evangelism Outreach Team (EOT) is joining with the Danvers Interfaith Group to Aid Refugees to collect clothing and other items desperately needed by refugees living in camps in Syria and bordering countries. The items are focusing on women and children refugees who have no male help.  Our collection will be at CTR Saturday, April 8th from 1 – 4 pm and Sunday, April 9th from 7:30 am – 1 pm. Following the collections the items will be delivered to a central storage location then transferred to Nu Day Syria in New Hampshire for shipment to the refugee camps. NEEDED ITEMS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES LIVING IN REFUGEE CAMPS: New/gently used clothing...

Quilting the Pieces of Our Lives

By Jennifer Mahnke I started gathering fabric for my first quilt almost 20 years ago. I had the idea in my head that it was a process I needed to try at least once in my life–just to be able to say I’d done it. Being self taught, I stumbled along in the process and ended up with a beautiful blue and yellow postage-stamp quilt, with a little white and red thrown in, that I gave to a friend as a wedding present. I was hooked. Quilting became more than something I had to try once. I’m not one for following patterns very well, although I have on a few occasions. I also tend to make things up as I go.  I love most of the process of quilting. I feel a sense of real purpose as I go through each step. I like to count things too. I’ll start a quilt with a pile of squares in the hundreds and as I work the total number of pieces to sew together becomes less and less as the pieces become bigger and bigger. The quilt takes shape before my very eyes. By the time I get to hand sewing the binding, or edging, onto the back of the quilt I am sitting all cozy on the couch under the quilt and it’s almost a completed piece. Quilting reminds me so much of our lives with God. When I make a quilt, I start with little pieces of fabric of different colors and patterns, and sometimes different shapes. How will they all look once put together? How like our lives,...

Lent & the Road to Familial Wholeness

By Robert Craig In the past two Third Saturday Healing Services we have looked at family dysfunctions from past generations as well as their impact on the here-and-now.  Next Saturday we will be “Looking Forward” toward functioning as an optimal family. As I contemplated writing something to tease you all to come to the healing service I was reminded how strongly our journey through Lent’s 40 days of reflection and penance might impact us and our families.  In verse 3 of our Psalm for last Sunday (51), King David acknowledges: “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”  How many of us can say the same thing?  He confesses and seeks God’s forgiveness, which we know was granted. Through the Cross of Christ we have a much clearer and surer path: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 ESV emphasis added. What are the roadblocks preventing me/you/us from becoming that optimal family?  To me family goes beyond our flesh and blood kin, but includes our family in Christ and beyond.  What sins, resentments, hurts, unforgivenesses….are binding us and retarding our growth, not only as a physical family but also the mystical family of God?  These are tough questions that we frequently do not want addressed, for whatever reason. Reflecting on the dysfuntionality of my birth family opened my eyes to many issues that plagued my youth and developed into extreme bitterness and resentment, which I carried into adult life, and I am certain impacted my wife and children. ...