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

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