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

Advent at Salem Anglican

Happy New Year everyone! This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent which is the first Sunday of the new Christian year. During Advent, we anticipate a miraculous appearance of the presence of the Christ in our lives as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. What reason do you have to anticipate an appearance of the Christ in your life? Do you have a financial need? Are you in need of healing? Do you desire reconciliation in an important relationship? Do you desire a more meaningful spiritual life? Whatever your desire may be, we welcome you to come and pray with us as we prepare ourselves to receive the Christ child into our lives.

We are meeting Saturday nights during Advent on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th  from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the home of our church planter, Rev. Jason & Angi Clark. At each meeting we will 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. Please bring your children. 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