Pentecost

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and Salem Anglican will be celebrating Pentecost on Saturday evening. The Day of Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter. On this day, we remember when the Apostles received the gift of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts 2. Pentecost is also a day when the church traditionally baptizes new believers as a sign that it is producing fruit in its mission to preach the Gospel so that it may reach to the ends of the earth. At Pentecost, the Father gave the gift of his Spirit to people of every race and nation in the region as a sign that the new covenant was for all people. I pray that you come and join us at Salem Anglican this Saturday evening to receive a fresh anointing of the Spirit in your own life to empower your ministry.

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 Anglican parish for Salem that is Christ-centered, sacramental, and liturgical. The new parish will 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

 

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

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

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

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

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