“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
Diocese of Cascadia of the Anglican Church in North America