I pray everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a good start to 2018! Saturday, January 6th is the day of Epiphany on the church calendar. Epiphany is the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as they were represented by the Magi who came to worship him and offer gifts. Yes, the Christ child has come to us and Jesus is king to both the Jews and the Gentiles. His rule and reign is Good News for everyone.
I pray that Jesus Christ continues to reveal himself to you as you allow him to enter into your life to complete his work of transformation. I also pray that you will participate in the mission of the church to reveal Christ to the world through your words and deeds. Come and join us at Salem Anglican this Epiphany and perhaps 2018 will be the year that a new Anglican Church for Salem, OR will be formed. There is a place at the Lord’s table for you.
Salem Anglican meets Saturday nights, from 5-7 p.m., at the home of our church planters, Rev. Jason & Angi Clark. At each meeting we 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. If you have children, please bring them. 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