THIS SUNDAY: SERMON SERIES Isaiah 55:1-3 Psalm 36:5-9 Revelation 19:6-9 Luke 15:1-2, 11-24 SERMON Mthr. Piper Runnion-Bareford In June 2017, Bishop Bill Murdoch announced his retirement and confirmed that he would call for the election of a new bishop in an 18-month process. That work is now almost complete. The Committee on Nominations for Bishop (CnB) have now selected the final two candidates for election, the Rev. Andrew Williams and the Rev. Canon Dr. Thomas Herrick. Each candidate is listed below with a link to their webpage that contains their spiritual autobiography, curriculum vitae, and answers to the questions put to them by the CnB. Additional information and important documents can be found below, along with a general calendar outlining upcoming dates. Our CandidatesThe Rev. Andrew Thomas WilliamsDrew Williams began his professional life as a lawyer in the United Kingdom. From 1989-1998, Drew was a corporate litigator specializing in defending law suits brought against the legal profession. Despite a successful career, it was during this time that Drew began to sense that something significant was missing in his life, and much to the surprise of Drew and his wife, Elena, they found themselves drawn into [...]
THIS SUNDAY: SERMON SERIES! Eccles. 3:9-13 Ps. 104:1, 10-15 1 Tim. 4:1-10 Luke 5:27-39 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter Meeting God in our Worship I remember my first visit to an Episcopal church forty years ago. I was in my first year in law school and had no religious or spiritual interest at the time. My landlady’s mischievous eldest son came home in early December and asked me if I wanted to go to church with him “and meet some chicks“ (honestly!). Well, Jonathan was a cool guy, and I had nothing to do, so off I went. I didn’t meet any chicks and didn’t have a sudden conversion experience, but that day I experienced a worship style that ministers deeply to my soul to this day. Although I probably didn’t realize it then, it was the first Sunday of Advent. I remember vividly two things from that service. The first was simply the beauty of the church.– a classic stone building with small stained glass windows that was filled with the presence of mystery and the holy. The second was hearing “O come O Come Emmanuel” for the first time in my life. [...]
In June 2017, Bishop Bill Murdoch announced his retirement and confirmed that he would call for the election of a new bishop in an 18-month process. That work is now almost complete. The Committee on Nominations for Bishop (CNB) has now selected the final two candidates for election, the Rev. Andrew Williams and the Rev. Canon Dr. Thomas Herrick. More about each candidate is available on AD-NE website, including a special page for each candidate that contains their spiritual autobiography, curriculum vitae, and answers to the questions put to them by the CNB. Visit http://www.ad-ne.org/election-news/ Additional information and important documents can be found there, along with a general calendar outlining upcoming dates.
THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Isa. 11-1-6 Ps. 37:1-9 Acts 17:16-31 John 4:7-15 SERMON Dcn. Francis Capitanio By Janet McBrien In my family of origin, we had very few visitors and virtually no guests. My parents did not believe in sleepovers or hanging out. We had no close extended family. We played with neighborhood kids but not at our house. So, as a young mother with a family to raise, working full time as a teacher and part time in the laboratory, hospitality was not a word that I had the time or inclination to consider. In fact I jealously guarded what little free time I did have and excused this as the protective actions of an introvert. Until God began to reveal His will and it seemed like a good idea to pay attention. The revelation first began while I was teaching at PCA (Portsmouth Christian Academy). It was morning practice for faculty to gather for devotions and Romans was a favorite, often used to equip us in practical ways for the landmines in dealing with high school student issues. Romans 12:13-20 provided wisdom when conflicts arose, but of these verses it was [...]
THIS SUNDAY: Exodus 17:10-12 Psalm 107:1-16 Colossians 1:9-14 Mark 9:14-32 SERMON Mthr. Cinnamon Blomquist Devotional Life and the Book of Common Prayer Tim Sherratt One of my earliest memories of daily devotions features a classroom full of nine-year-olds at the end of an early 1960s English school day, fidgeting with the books we are supposed to be reading, giving sidelong glances at the clock on the end wall. Finally, the minute hand reaches twelve. “Clear desks! Chairs on desks!” And with much scraping and banging, we lift our chairs and set them on top of the desks—to make the cleaners’ tasks easier. Then, peering through the forest of chair legs, we announce in unison, Lighten-our-darkness-we-beseech-thee, O Lord, And-by-thy-great-mercy-defend-us From-all-perils-and-dangers-of-this-night For-the-love-of-thy-only-son-our-savior Jesus-Christ-AMEN! This daily liturgy was as formative, I believe, as it remains unforgettable. At the very least it helped my nine-year-old mind take God for granted, as real as the chair legs and the smell from the enamel stove that heated our classroom, and the sense of orderly security it helped affirm—though I’m sure I had only the haziest idea what “beseech” meant! When Fr. Adam asked if I would write on the [...]
What is BLESS? It's an ordinary-life approach to prayer and evangelism. It’s less about downloading information or memorizing scripts, and more about loving our neighbors well. It will be our focus for the next 10 weeks in the Sermons and in Cross Training. BLESS helps us get “unstuck” and practice evangelism more effortlessly. Using five simple missional practices, BLESS is an intentional pathway any Christian can walk alongside Jesus to make more disciples who follow Jesus, become like Jesus, and engage in the mission of Jesus every day. Developed by the Evangelical Covenant Church, this approach has been widely shared and practiced. We're so grateful for the resources they've made available! We'll be adapting and trying them out in our context here in Amesbury. Check out the video below, and explore some of the resources for yourself here. BLESS from CovChurch.tv on Vimeo.