This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and Salem Anglican will be celebrating Pentecost on Saturday evening. The Day of Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter. On this day, we remember when the Apostles received the gift of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts 2. Pentecost is also a day when the church traditionally baptizes new believers as a sign that it is producing fruit in its mission to preach the Gospel so that it may reach to the ends of the earth. At Pentecost, the Father gave the gift of his Spirit to people of every race and nation in the region as a sign that the new covenant was for all people. I pray that you come and join us at Salem Anglican this Saturday evening to receive a fresh anointing of the Spirit in your own life to empower your ministry.
Salem Anglican meets every Saturday evening at Trinity Covenant Church. The address is 5020 Liberty RD S, Salem, OR, 97306. Worship begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room, but we invite you to also join us for our fellowship meal in the gymnasium at 5:00 p.m. There is no need to bring anything, we always have enough food. Please come as you are. Our worship consists of the liturgy of Evening Prayer followed by the Holy Eucharist.
Salem Anglican values its children. There is room for our children to stretch their legs in the gymnasium during our meal time and children are welcome in our worship service. We do provide an age appropriate lesson for young children during the liturgy of the Word, but we invite young children back into our sanctuary for our celebration of the Eucharist. All baptized Christians, including our children, who have been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit are welcome to receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Those who have not been baptized or feel they are not ready to receive, are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing.
Salem Anglican desires to plant a new Anglican parish for Salem that is Christ-centered, sacramental, and liturgical. The new parish will eventually meets for worship on Sunday mornings. Our current goal is to build our core congregation along with a leadership team that will help us officially plant a new church. We are in the process of identifying ways that we can grow in our relationships with one another and be a positive contributor to the Salem community through works of service. Please consider joining us on a Saturday night during Advent to see if Salem Anglican is right for you.
May the peace of the Lord be with you,
Rev. Jason Clark
Diocese of Cascadia of the Anglican Church in North America