Happy New Year everyone! This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent which is the first Sunday of the new Christian year. During Advent, we anticipate a miraculous appearance of the presence of the Christ in our lives as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. What reason do you have to anticipate an appearance of the Christ in your life? Do you have a financial need? Are you in need of healing? Do you desire reconciliation in an important relationship? Do you desire a more meaningful spiritual life? Whatever your desire may be, we welcome you to come and pray with us as we prepare ourselves to receive the Christ child into our lives.
We are meeting Saturday nights during Advent on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the home of our church planter, Rev. Jason & Angi Clark. At each meeting we will serve dinner, answer your questions, and pray together with the liturgy for evening prayer. The address is 5137 Jones RD SE, Salem, OR, 97306. The house is at the end of an easement so it may not be easy to find on your first pass. You can park on Jones RD or you can also drive down to the end of the easement where we can accommodate parking for 4-5 cars. Please bring your children. If your child is old enough to sit through evening prayer, we encourage them to do so. If your child would be better served by being entertained, we will entertain young children in a separate room. We will implement a discipleship program for children when we get a better idea what our needs are.
It is my hope that meeting at a private residence will not create a barrier for anyone to attend. You are welcome in our home. Our goal is to meet in a public space as soon as we are able. We also look forward to the day when we will meet around the Lord’s Table for a celebration of the Eucharist. The ultimate goal is a new church plant that meets on Sunday mornings and celebrates the Eucharist every week. For now, Saturday nights will allow anyone to become part of our new community while still remaining free to continue attending the church of their choice on Sunday morning. I personally look forward to meeting you.
May the peace of the Lord be with you,
Rev. Jason Clark
Anglican Church in North America