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Eastertide 2019

Eastertide is the season following the celebration of Easter that lasts for fifty days. During this time our lessons and sermons focus on the Acts of the apostles and sharing the Good News of our risen savior. Jesus Christ has broken the curse of sin and defeated evil through his resurrection from the dead. All those who pledge their allegiance to Jesus Christ as king and put their faith in him become members of the kingdom of God and God’s family. Those who put their faith in the risen Savior and are baptized are born again, forgiven of their sins, adopted into God’s family, and become living members of the Body of Christ. We look forward to Christ’s return when he will resurrect the dead, sit as judge of every human being who ever lived, eradicate evil, and rule and reign with God’s people over all creation. Come join us at Salem Anglican as we discuss how to share God’s Good News to those around us here in Salem and become obedient disciples of Jesus Christ.

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 Biblical and orthodox Anglican parish for Salem that 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
Deacon/Church Planter
Diocese of Cascadia of the Anglican Church in North America

 

Happy Easter!

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Salem Anglican invites you to come celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this Sunday, April 21st at the home of our church planters, the Rev. Jason & Angi Clark. The address is 5137 Jones RD SE, Salem, OR, 97306. We will be celebrating the full Eucharistic liturgy. We will begin with a time of fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be provided. Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp so please plan to arrive during our fellowship time. There will be an Easter egg hunt to follow for our children.

We live at the end of an easement so you will not find our house from the street. Look for the red Salem Anglican sign that marks the beginning of the easement. Please plan to park on Jones RD and walk down the easement to our home. If walking is difficult for you, we invite you to come and park in our driveway. We have room for about four vehicles. We live in the grey house at the end. Just come on in, we are expecting you. We warmly welcome anyone who is visiting us for the first time.

Salem Anglican is a church planting ministry of the Diocese of Cascadia of the Anglican Church in North America. Our goal is to plant a new Anglican church for Salem. We have not yet set a date for the official launch of our new parish, but we believe the time is quickly approaching. Normally, we worship on Saturday evenings at Trinity Covenant Church. The address is 5020 Liberty RD S, Salem, OR, 97306. Our normal worship time is 6:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room, but you are invited to join us for our fellowship meal at 5:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. We value children at Salem Anglican and there is plenty of room in the gymnasium for children to stretch their legs before the service. Children begin in our worship service before being excused for an age appropriate lesson during the liturgy of the Word. We are beginning to employ the Godly Play curriculum for their learning. We invite the children back into the service for the Eucharistic liturgy. We hope you can join us for our Easter service, but if not, we hope to see you at Salem Anglican soon.

May the peace of the Lord be with you,

Jason Clark
Deacon/Church Planter
Anglican Church in North America

Lent at Salem Anglican 2019

“Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, desires not the death of sinners, but that they may turn from their wickedness and live.”

These are the opening words of the priestly absolution of sin from our Ash Wednesday service. Ash Wednesday begins the 40 day penitential season of Lent as we prepare our hearts for Easter. It is not the goal of Lent to dwell on our sin and begin a practice of self-loathing. The goal of Lent is to take time for introspection to consider how sin has taken root in our lives with the understanding that sin kills the abundant life that God has to offer us. It is not unlike going to the doctor when you know something isn’t quite right, but you lack the knowledge to put your finger on the right diagnosis. Like going to the doctor, it is the goal of Lent that we eliminate the unhealthy things from our lives so that we can experience the best life possible. Just like it is wise to go to your doctor for an annual exam, it is wise to take a spiritual inventory of your life once per year so that we can reorient our lives upon the life giving power of God. The ultimate goal is to allow the resurrection power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead to flow freely through our beings so that we can be a beacon of light to those who come a cross our path each day.

Let us pray,

O Lord our God, grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart:
that desiring you, we may seek you;
and that seeking you, we may find you;
and that finding you, we may love you;
and that loving you, we may hate those sins from which you have delivered us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 Biblical and orthodox Anglican parish for Salem that 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
Deacon/Church Planter
Diocese of Cascadia of the Anglican Church in North America

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is this coming Wednesday; March 6th. Salem Anglican will be holding a service on Ash Wednesday service at 5:00 p.m. at the home of our church planters, the Rev. Jason & Angi Clark. The address is 5137 Jones RD S, Salem, OR, 97306. We live at the end of an easement, so you cannot see our house from the road. I recommend that able-bodied people park on the street and walk the short distance down the easement to our home. We will provide dinner and a time of fellowship after the service.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent which begins a six week penitential season to prepare our hearts for Easter. It is traditional during the Ash Wednesday service to receive the imposition of ashes on your forehead to remind you of your mortality. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We begin Lent by asking for God’s mercy and to transform our mortal flesh into a new creation that is fit to participate in the divine life of Christ. We will also celebrate the Eucharist on Ash Wednesday.

Salem Anglican is a church planting ministry of the Diocese of Cascadia of the Anglican Church in North America. Our goal is to plant a new Anglican Church for Salem. Currently we are gathering those who would join us in this church planting effort and developing a leadership team to guide us in the church planting process. I hope you can join us soon.

Epiphany 2019

The feast of The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ is always on January 6th and is a commemoration of the story of the wise men who followed a star to where the baby Jesus lay, bowed down to worship, and offered gifts. The Epiphany is that Jesus is a king. But not just a king, Jesus is the King of the whole world. Jesus is the King that other kings will bow to. Jesus is the Son of God and rightful heir of the throne of David. Jesus is the anointed Messiah that Israel has been waiting for.

The season after the feast of the Epiphany is ordinary time and the color is green which symbolizes life and growth. During the season of Epiphany, we remember that the Church still has a mission to reveal Christ to the world through acts of compassion, kindness, and goodwill. Our worship highlights the hope we have in Christ who has accomplished everything that he has set out to do. We also have hope in that Christ has revealed himself to us personally and is continuing the good work of the transformation of our lives.

Salem Anglican meets at Trinity Covenant Church on Saturday nights from 5-7 p.m. for dinner, fellowship, and the liturgy for Evening Prayer with an informal Eucharist. The address is 5020 Liberty RD S, Salem, OR, 97306. We begin with dinner and fellowship in the gymnasium and then move to the Fireside Room for worship. Young children begin in the classroom across the hall from the Fireside Room for an age appropriate lesson and activity before joining the adults in the Fireside Room for the Holy Eucharist.

On occasion, we do offer a formal Eucharist celebration. On these occasions, young children will begin the service in the Fireside Room with everyone else, be excused for an age appropriate lesson during the liturgy of the word, and then come back to the Fireside Room for the Holy Eucharist.

Salem Anglican is not the name of a church, it is the name of an organization that will plant a new Anglican Church for Salem. We look forward to the day when we formally celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning in a building of our own with a new name. Our current church planting goals are to continue to build up the congregation and to create a leadership team that will guide Salem Anglican in the church planting process. You are welcome to come help us plant a new Anglican Church for Salem, OR. We hope to see you soon.

Twelfth Night Celebration at Salem Anglican

Did you know that, just like the song, Christmas lasts for twelve days? Christmas begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th. January 5th happens to be the regular meeting day for Salem Anglican on Saturday evening. To end Christmas right, we decided to have a little party starting at 5:00 p.m. We will have a special meal and dessert, and play games. Our worship service begins at 6:00 p.m. and will include lots of Christmas carols, a special kid friendly Christmas story and the Holy Eucharist. There is no need to bring anything, just come as you are. We meet on Saturday evenings at Trinity Covenant Church. The address is 5020 Liberty RD S, Salem, OR, 97306. Worship begins every week at 6:00 p.m., but we hope you will also join us for our fellowship meal at 5:00 p.m. There is no need to bring anything, we always have enough food.

Salem Anglican is a church planting ministry for the Diocese of Cascadia of The Anglican Church in North America. Our goal is to plant a new Anglican Church for Salem. We are currently working hard to build up a core group of people who will help us realize this dream. To learn more about the Diocese of Cascadia and The Anglican Church in North America, please visit their websites. You can find a link in this website’s menu under the “Network” tab. We hope to see you soon at Salem Anglican.

Advent: Calling Us out of Darkness

We would love for you to come join us at Salem Anglican this December during Advent. Advent is the beginning of the church year as we begin our anticipation of Christmas together during worship. Advent is also a penitential season where we reflect upon the darkness in our lives and respond to God’s invitation to embrace a great light — the light of Christ. Just as ancient Israel was facing the darkness of being conquered and exiled, we face darkness in our own lives as well from the dangers and hardships that we face. Just as Christ miraculously appeared to ancient Israel in the midst of their hardships and troubles, Christ also wants to make a miraculous appearance in your life. Jesus invites you to cling to the light of God and to embrace hope, peace, joy, and love. Please consider joining us at Salem Anglican as we explore these topics together and anticipate a miraculous appearance of Christ in the midst of our darkness.

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 Biblical and orthodox Anglican parish for Salem that 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
Deacon/Church Planter
Diocese of Cascadia of the Anglican Church in North America

Ordinary Time (Trinitytide)

This Sunday (May 27th) is Trinity Sunday which is the beginning of Trinitytide otherwise known as ordinary time. The color for ordinary time is green which symbolizes spiritual growth. During this time we emphasize rooting ourselves in Trinitarian love and orienting our lives around the teachings of Christ. I invite you to seek the Lord in the ordinary things of life during Trinitytide. Prayerfully consider how the Lord desires to interact with your daily routine. I believe your life will be transformed with the presence of God as you open up your Spirit to the extraordinary love of God.

Salem Anglican meets at Trinity Covenant Church on Saturday nights from 5-7 p.m. for dinner, fellowship, and the liturgy for Evening Prayer with an informal Eucharist. The address is 5020 Liberty RD S, Salem, OR, 97306. We begin with dinner and fellowship in the gymnasium and then move to the Fireside Room for worship. Young children begin in the classroom across the hall from the fireside room for an age appropriate lesson and activity before joining the adults in the Fireside Room for the Holy Eucharist.

On occasion, we do offer a formal Eucharist celebration. On these occasions, young children will begin the service in the Fireside Room with everyone else, be excused for an age appropriate lesson during the liturgy of the word, and then come back to the Fireside Room for the Holy Eucharist.

Salem Anglican is not the name of a church, it is the name of an organization that will plant a new Anglican Church for Salem. We look forward to the day when we formally celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning in a building of our own with a new name. Our church planting goals for this summer are to continue to build up the congregation and to create a leadership team that will guide Salem Anglican in the church planting process. You are welcome to come help us plant a new Anglican Church for Salem, OR.

May the peace of the Lord be with you,

Jason Clark
Deacon/Church Planter
Anglican Church in North America

Pentecost at Salem Anglican: A New Church is Growing

The celebration of Pentecost has its roots in the ancient Jewish “Feast of Weeks” that is celebrated 50 days after Passover. The celebration was connected to the firstfruits of the grain harvest and grain offerings were brought to the Temple. After the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, grain offerings could no longer be brought to the Temple and the focus of the festival shifted to the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai. The feast became known as Pentecost which means “fiftieth day” or the fiftieth day after Passover.

In Christianity, Pentecost became the birthday of the Church when the Holy Spirit fell down on approximately 120 Galileans who were gathered together in Jerusalem in an upper room for prayer. As the story in the second chapter of Acts explains, they all heard a sound like a mighty rushing wind and it was as if tongues of fire came and rested upon them while they began to speak in a language they did not know. They were telling the wonders of God in an unknown tongue to people from many nations who were hearing their message in their own native tongue. These foreigners came to believe the Gospel message they had miraculously received, were filled with the Holy Spirit, and took this message back with them to the places they were from. On Pentecost Sunday, the church commemorates this important event in our worship and we pray once again for another outpouring of the Holy Spirit to empower our Gospel witness to the world.

This year’s celebration of Pentecost is a very important event for Salem Anglican and our progress in planting a new Anglican Church for Salem. Saturday, May 19th, from 5-7 p.m., will be our first meeting in public space at Trinity Covenant Church. Trinity’s address is 5020 Liberty RD S, Salem, OR, 97306. We will continue our same format of meeting first for dinner and fellowship and then using the liturgy for Evening Prayer for our worship. The big change is that we will begin to offer an informal Eucharist every week as an addition to the liturgy for Evening Prayer. On important holy days, such as Pentecost, we will offer a formal Eucharist with the full Eucharistic liturgy and our clergy will be wearing vestments. We still look forward to the day when we are established as a new parish that celebrates a formal Eucharist every Sunday morning. You are welcome to join our community and help make this dream a reality.

Salem Anglican is family friendly and we invite you to bring your family to church. On most weeks children will meet separately during the Evening Prayer liturgy and will receive an age appropriate lesson with a craft or art project. They will then join the congregation for the Eucharistic liturgy. When we celebrate a formal Eucharist, children will start the service with the congregation and leave for an age appropriate lesson during the Liturgy of the Word. The children will then rejoin the congregation for the Eucharistic liturgy.

When you join us for worship, access to the church parking lot will be found on the side of the parking lot on Liberty. After you park, walk to the front doors and head to the left side of the building. We will begin dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the gymnasium where there is room for our children to run around. After dinner, adults will head to the fireside room in the education wing on the right side of the building. There is a classroom for our children directly a cross the hall from the fireside room. We hope to see you soon at Salem Anglican. Please feel free to contact us in order to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.

May the peace of the Lord be with you,

Jason Clark
Deacon/Church Planter
Anglican Church in North America

 

Salem Anglican is Moving!

I am pleased to announce that Salem Anglican will be moving its Saturday night service of Evening Prayer to Trinity Covenant Church beginning on Saturday, May 19th. Trinity’s address is 5020 Liberty RD S, Salem, OR, 97306. Salem Anglican will continue to meet every Saturday night from 5-7 p.m. for dinner, fellowship, and the liturgy for Evening Prayer from our Book of Common Prayer. However, we will also be moving to a Eucharistic service once per month on the first Saturday of the month instead of our regular Evening Prayer service.

Salem Anglican will celebrate its arrival to its new meeting space with a Eucharist since May 19th is also the eve of Pentecost Sunday. The meal will be a potluck with Salem Anglican providing the main course while others provide the side dishes. In our new meeting space, we will prepare our food in the kitchen which is adjacent to a gym where we will eat and our children will have room to run and release their energy. After meal time, adults and children old enough to read will move to the Fireside Room for worship while young children will go to a room across the hall for an age appropriate program. During a Eucharistic service, we will all begin in the Fireside Room and the young children will be dismissed during the liturgy of the word, only to be included again for the Eucharistic liturgy. We will also have a nursery available to us if needed. I hope you can come join us on a Saturday night real soon.

Salem Anglican looks forward to the day when it will plant a new church, with a new name, that meets every Sunday morning in its own space for the celebration of the Eucharist. Until then, we continue to take baby steps towards this goal. Our current church planting goal is to build a financial base and a leadership team that will help us plant a new Anglican Church for Salem.

May the peace of the Lord be with You,

Rev. Jason Clark
Deacon/Church Planter
Anglican Church in North America