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1309, 2018

God’s Laboratory of Relationship

September 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: READINGS II Kings 6:15-17 Ps 33: 6-12 Acts 16:6-10 Luke 11:1-13 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter Laboratories of Relationship By John Haile My wife Sue and I first got to know a handsomely mustachioed Jim Zingarelli and his wife Kathy at Collinsville Congregational Church in Collinsville, Connecticut way back in late 1984 or 1985—I can’t recall exactly. He and I were both the enthusiastic, idealistic teachers we remain today—teaching art at The Master’s School in Simsbury and English at Avon Old Farms, respectively. We were two couples embarking on the adventure of parenthood, with young children in tow or in the works. As we got to know one another, we both decided to join the same Small Group, and we met weekly with three other couples under the leadership of Ralph Mattson to share our lives and study the Bible together. Though the group changed and eventually broke up several years later as we all moved in different directions, the relationships forged in that group remain vibrant to this day. The bonds formed in the cauldron of laughter, joy, questioning and honest love have proven strong and durable, built around a [...]

609, 2018

Beginning with Prayer and New Schedule–ASAC Newsletter, Week Sept. 9th, 2018

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Judges 6:11-24; Ps 146 James 1:1-8; Mark 8:1-13 SERMON "From Resigned to Dedicated--God's Call to Gideon...and Us" --Fr. Nathan Baxter This coming Sunday (9/9) we'll begin our new Sunday Morning Schedule: 9:30 Worship Service (in Sanctuary) 11:00 Fellowship and Hospitality, (in Lower Church) 11:15 Teaching and Training Together, (in Lower Church) 12:00 Sent out (into the rest of the week) While our worship starts at 9:30am, I'd encourage you to come earlier to join in prayer for our life-together. At 8:15, every Sunday in the Lower Church, we'll be gathering to pray, offering thanks and interceding: for the many people who serve and volunteer on Sundays and throughout the week for the everything that will unfold in worship, fellowship, and training for individual and corporate "ears to hear" what God is saying to us, and united hearts to respond in trusting obedience for people God has placed around us at work, in school, in neighborhoods, in networks who may be more open to God than we might realize for courage and joy and fruitfulness as, throughout the Fall, we learn and practice ordinary ways of sharing Christ through the BLESS model—Begin [...]

3008, 2018

B. L. E. S. S.

August 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: READINGS Deuteronomy 4:1-9 Psalm 15 Ephesians 6:10-20 Mark 6:42-46 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter B. L. E. S. S. Rachel Danley “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.  Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. —John 4:34-36 Who has God placed in your life that he is inviting you to open your eyes to this year?  When I was in college, God literally dropped someone into my life. Dhu, a new student from Vietnam, came to my table in the dining hall and asked, "Can I sit here?" We grew a friendship, but I was slow to see the opportunity in front of me.  At work one day months later, I felt God saying he wanted me to invite her home for Thanksgiving. I was hesitant because I wanted rest after a [...]

2408, 2018

Come. Hear. Practice: ASAC Newsletter, Week of August 26th, 2018

August 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: READINGS 1 Kings 17:1-24 Psalm 145 Romans 12:9-21 Luke 10:1-9 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter Jesus said “As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” (Luke‬ ‭6:46-49‬ ‭NIV) I want to tell you a story that has a point. I hope the story is worth your time, because I know that the point I hope to make is definitely worth your time. One of my first paying jobs was mowing lawns. I had learned how to mow the lawn by watching my dad and learning from him. I bought my first lawnmower for about $80 and went around our neighborhood drumming up business. I made some decent money for a high schooler, and did some decent work. But I’m not much of a salesman, and my client base was pretty small. So I decided to go to work for a [...]

1708, 2018

New Sunday Schedule to Begin on September 9th

August 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News, Upcoming Events, Weekly Reflections, Worship|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Prov 9:1-6 Ps 147 Eph 5:15-20 Jn 6:52-69 SERMON TRUST: The “HOW” of Sharing the Gospel Fr. Nathan Baxter Fall 2018 Schedule Changes: Preparing to Welcome All (Beginning September 9th) 9:30 Worship Service: Family Eucharist (with teaching during the sermon for children ages 3 to 10) 11:00 Fellowship and Hospitality (coffee and refreshments), in Lower Church 11:15 Teaching and Training Together to grow in the way of Jesus through Practical Christian Formation for all ages (intergenerational) 12:00 Practice and Faith in Action- being sent out to do His work in welcoming all WHY the Changes? Every week, as we pray the Post-Communion Prayer, we ask God to “send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.” We recognize that part of the work God has given us involves handing on the Life of Jesus to the generations growing up after us. As a church-family on mission we have been wrestling in prayer and conversation to answer the question: “What does it look like to become the people our children and grandchildren want to be [...]

908, 2018

ASAC Weekly Newsletter – Week of August 5, 2018

August 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Deut 8:1-10 Ps 34: (1-7)8-15(16-22) Eph 4:25-5:2 Jn 6:37-51 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter Expanding Outreachby Bruce McbrienWhat does it mean to reach beyond what we have known in order to grow as a church?It could mean stepping out of your comfort zone and sharing with someone about your faith.It could also mean exploring new and exciting ways to meet people where they home. For some time now, our sermons have been available in audio form on our website. But, in the past few months, we have expanded our outreach by recording and producing video of our services for broadcast! Our first effort was to share our recordings on the ASAC Website, but with the help of local access TV we have been able to expand to include local cable.Most recently, thanks to new technologies created by a local software developer, we now stream our services live on Facebook as well! (It took several months of trial and error, learning as we went, but we can now truly call this our new outreach ministry!) Having a Facebook presence means that we have a new way to reach our members. Imagine someone who, for [...]