February 14th is not only Valentines’ Day, but it is also Ash Wednesday; the beginning of Lent. Lent is a penitential season for the church as we prepare ourselves for Easter. The word penitence simply means to be sorry for doing wrong or to repent. During Lent we take the time to evaluate our lives in order to see what we are holding onto that is unhealthy and needs to die. The Apostle Paul writes: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me (Gal. 2.20).” I don’t know what the Spirit is speaking to your conscience about, but perhaps there are things in your life that you are not proud of that keep rising to the surface. Perhaps you are not fully dead to yourself and alive in Christ. I know I personally still have work to do and you probably do to. Lent gives you an opportunity to tell God you are sorry, ask for the Spirit to help you and guide you, so that you can put to death that which needs to be put to death and rise up into new life in Christ.
Since Salem Anglican is still working toward its goal of building a core team that will help us plant a new Anglican Church for Salem, we will not be holding Ash Wednesday or Holy Week services this Lent. We hope you can join us on a Saturday evening and consider helping us reach our goal. We will be announcing our Easter plans soon.
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