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.

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