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2103, 2019

Creativity & Know-How: “All In” with Jesus in our Intellectual “Capital”–Lent 3, March 21, 2019

March 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERIES Ex 3:1-15 Psalm 103:1-12 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 11:37-54 SERMON Fr. Nathan Baxter This coming Sunday, we will resume our Lenten series. In the sermon I’ll be exploring how our intellectual capital—our creativity and know-how—flows from and to the Love of God by the Holy Spirit. Cross Training will provide further opportunity to take stock of our intellectual capital, and Home Groups will continue conversation sparked by the book, Oikonomics. Even as I look forward, I’m still filled with gratitude and joy from witnessing over last weekend the five-fold wealth God has entrusted to the people of our church and of our diocese. Thinking in terms of our Lenten sermon and training series: Many invested their physical capital for the blessing of others. So much time and energy from so many made each special day possible. Many invested in and developed relational capital through collaborating. So many worked graciously together in trust, and many old and new connections were strengthened. Many invested intellectual capital to shape and sustain the events. Creativity and know-how in tremendous variety came together in logistics, plans, movement, music, words, photos, videos, set-up, clean up, [...]

803, 2019

Energy & Time—“All In” with Jesus in our Physical “Capital”–Lent 1, March 10, 2019

March 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: SERIES Deut 26:5-11 Ps 91:9-16 Rom 10:4-13 Luke 4:1-13 SERMON Father Nathan Baxter March 10th Lent 1: Energy & Time—“All In” with Jesus in our Physical “Capital”   Where does your time flow during an average week? How much time do you spend daily (on average) sleeping? eating? working? caring for others? volunteering? recreating? upkeeping household resources? How much energy do you have in the morning? mid-day? evening? when sick? when rested? These questions aren’t meant to provoke anxiety or guilt. They’re meant to spark reflection on one of the most basic forms of “capital” that every human being has: physical resources of time and energy. In the sermon this week, I’ll be reflecting on the “investment” challenges that Jesus faced during his time of testing in the wilderness. Then, in Cross Training, we’ll take the opportunity to consider how we might invest our time and energy in pursuit of the Kingdom of God. I hope you’ll make time to stay for Cross Training, because you might be intrigued by the information we’ll look at from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on how Average Americans spend their time, and you might [...]

2102, 2019

Preparing for Consecration

February 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Upcoming Events, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Genesis 45:3-11, 21-28 Psalm 37:8-17 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 Luke 6:27-38 SERMON Father Nathan Baxter As the whole diocese prepares for the consecration of Bishop-Elect Andrew, I want to provide an overview of what the weekend will be like for us as an ASAC community and of how the plans for the Saturday consecration and the Sunday service are taking shape. I’m the chair of the Executive Planning Team, and working with all the team leaders who are preparing for the consecration. We have been and will be recruiting volunteers from all around the diocese to participate in the work before, during, and after this important occasion. Bishop-Elect Andrew is deeply humbled and profoundly eager to answer this call into ministry among us. We have a great team working together to consecrate him and the whole diocese in this new season. One of the keynotes of the planning team is our aim to do all things “with one heart and one voice.” Overview: The consecration weekend of March 15-17, 2019 will be both easier and trickier than the Cathedral consecration we experienced in June 2016. It will be easier because there will be [...]

1402, 2019

Is Augustine Right?

February 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Jeremiah 17:5-10 Psalm 1 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Luke 6:17-26 SERMON Father Nathan Baxter Is Augustine Right?By Father Adam GosnellLast Sunday, our Cross Training was on Compline, one of the services in the Common Prayer tradition. And I was really encouraged by that. In this time of formation, one of my recurring questions has been, Is Augustine right? Saint Augustine of Hippo (born 354 AD) was a brilliant, brilliant bishop in northern Africa. But I’ve been troubled by one of his pastoral strategies. For Augustine, there were basically two tracks of Christian growth, the monastic model and the parish model. In the monastic model, Christians would take a spiritual director, they would fast and pray services throughout the day. In short, they’re expected to pursue the historic path of spiritual growth. The parish model is really different. In the parish model, the priest’s task is only to (a) train Christians in the very basics of the faith (“catechism”) and (b) administer the sacraments. In short, because you can’t reasonably expect Christian lay-people to pursue the path spiritual growth, the parish model is about bare, bare minimums. (In Augustine’s defense, maybe that’s not what [...]

702, 2019

“Why Won’t You Let me Love them Through You?”

February 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Isa 61:1-4 Ps 96 Rom 10:9-17 John 20:19-31 SERMON Canon Ross Kimball “Why Won’t You Let Me Love You Through Them?”by Father Lance Williams and Deacon Martha LearnedIn the swirl of activity in our daily life, and sometimes on Sunday mornings too, it can seem as though everyone around us is unavailable. We can see groups of people talking, sharing stories, laughing and enjoying themselves, and yet feel like we’re alone, hesitating to join them. Or the opposite happens; suddenly our circumstances have changed and we are not able to make it to church. We wonder does anyone know and care about our situation? We feel isolated. You might have wondered: “who can I talk with about what’s on my mind?” Sometimes what’s on our mind needs a few extra minutes to explain and takes someone who can slow down long enough to listen. Sometimes it could be a prayer need, a problem with a family member, an upcoming transition or change from the “steady state,” a health concern, a sick family member, the death of a loved one, an impending job loss or any number of struggles.Whatever the struggles we face in [...]

2501, 2019

On the Annual Meeting

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Upcoming Events, Weekly Reflections|0 Comments

THIS SUNDAY: LECTIONARY Isa 62:1-5 Ps 96 1 Cor 12:1-11 John 2:1-11 SERMON Father Nathan Baxter This coming Sunday, after the worship service, we'll gather in the lower church to share a meal and hold our annual meeting. It will be a time to celebrate what God has done through ASAC in the past year, and to look ahead at where we believe God is leading us. 2018 has been a breakthrough year for ASAC in surprising ways that we’ve only been able to recognize in hindsight. The ministry reports presented this year indicate many of the reasons we have to give thanks for: Milestones achieved and tasks accomplished (see, for example, the Parish Administration Report, the Treasurer’s Report, or the Sound and Vision Report) Relationships strengthened and direction clarified (see, for example, the Senior Warden’s Report or the Sheep of the Good Shepherd Report) Momentum developed and next-steps defined (see, for instance, the Connecting with Amesbury Families Task Force Report or the Safety Task Force Report)   As you read each ministry report, take time to pause and give thanks for what God did in and through that ministry area and [...]