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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

Eastertide

Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And to those in the tomb,
Bestowing life.

It is Eastertide which is the season of the church year where we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eastertide lasts for fifty days and concludes with Pentecost Sunday which occurs on May 20th in 2018. The colors for Eastertide are white and gold. White symbolizes purity and reminds us that Jesus has washed our sins clean and made us white as snow. White is also a symbol of our baptism, when our sins are forgiven and we are welcomed into the household of God as his children. The color gold is a symbol of the riches of our inheritance as God’s children which is eternal life in the new creation.

Easter is also known as the festival of light as we celebrate the light of the world (Jesus) who has overcome darkness (the forces of evil). During the Easter vigil, we light a paschal candle that represents this light. Pascha is simply the Latin word for Passover which is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the salvation of the Hebrew people when they were liberated from Egypt. God instructed the Hebrew people to sacrifice a lamb, known as a paschal lamb, and to spread the blood over the doorposts of their home so that the death angel would pass by leaving those inside unharmed. Jesus is also referred to symbolically as the paschal lamb who died for our sins. The judgment of God will “pass by” those who have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb. We light a candle to represent the light of Christ who is our paschal lamb. This candle is the paschal candle.

The lyrics of the hymn above are those of the Paschal Troparion which comes from the liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox church. The hymn explains the central message of Easter. Christ’s resurrection from the dead has defeated death and the power of evil and through our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, we can participate in his resurrection life forever.

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
Deacon/Church Planter
Anglican Church in North America

Easter Sunday 2018

Easter Sunday is on April 1st and Salem Anglican would like you to include worship of our risen savior in your plans. The feast of Easter is the most important season on the church calendar since it is during Easter that we are reminded of the victory that Christ won when he broke the curse of sin and defeated death. Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life, and through our unification with him as one body, we will live forever. Easter is also a time when we proclaim that Jesus is truly the king of all creation, and he is making all things new, beginning with the people who have put their faith in him as lord and savior of the world. The Church is called to participate with Christ in his reconciling work by the power of the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!

We will be gathering at the home of our church planters, the Rev. Jason & Angi Clark, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with an Easter egg hunt for our children to follow.  The address is 5137 Jones RD SE, Salem, OR, 97306. The worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m., but please arrive early for fellowship and refreshments so that we can begin on time without disruptions at the door.  We invite your children to join us for worship. For those children who are not yet able to read, there will be an age appropriate lesson in an upstairs room during the liturgy of the Word. They will rejoin the worship service before the beginning of the Eucharistic liturgy. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for those children in the 5th grade and younger immediately following our worship service.

Our goal is to host at least 30 people for this sacred event. I appreciate your patience with any inconveniences that meeting in a private home may cause. If you have not been to one of our meetings before, you may find it difficult to find our home on your first pass. We live at the end of an easement. When you feel you have passed where our home should be located, go back and look for a long driveway right beside a house with a flagpole. However, I do ask that all able-bodied people find a place to park on Jones RD and walk down to the end of the easement in order to allow more parking room for the elderly and disabled in front of our home.  If you need assistance finding a place to park, please let us know.

Salem Anglican is in the process of planting a new Anglican church for Salem. Our current church planting goal is to build a core team that will help us plant the new church. If this is a project that you and your family would like to support, please come and join us at our regular meetings on Saturday nights from 5-7 p.m. at the same location. Each of our gatherings will include dinner, fellowship, and the liturgy for evening prayer.

May the peace of the Lord be with you,

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

Lent at Salem Anglican

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
Deacon/Church Planter
Anglican Church in North America

Salem Anglican Will Hold Its First Ever Eucharistic Service

As the season of Epiphany comes to a close and we begin to prepare ourselves for Lent, we would like to take the time to celebrate the presence of our Lord Jesus with the celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday, February 10th from 5-7 p.m. This will be Salem Anglican’s first ever celebration of the Eucharist together. Father Kyle Archibald, a chaplain with the Army reserves, will be preaching and presiding. A special BBQ dinner will be provided for this special event. Instead of the usual evening prayer service, we will be celebrating the Eucharist instead. I hope you can come and celebrate with us.

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
Deacon/Church Planter
Anglican Church in North America

 

 

Epiphany

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
Deacon/Church Planter
Anglican Church in North America