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This blog contains the thoughts of those serving on the pastoral staff of Grace Anglican Church. We are an Anglican church following Jesus and trying our best to obey his commands, especially the Great Commission (Mat. 28:18-20) and the Great Commandments (Mat. 22:37-40).

 

Restoring Full Liturgy

I like being a part of the sacramental and liturgical church because the Sunday services emphasize Christ's presence in both word and sacrament. Meeting with God using the liturgy is participatory and experiential. Rather than observing something, we are doing it. The changes forced upon us by COVID19 have really diminished the experience and joy of worship. I have especia...

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Summer Sermon Series- GENESIS: The Gospel According to Abraham

The Bible is an epic story. Consider its literary sources and diversity: The Bible was written over a span of 2000 years. It has 40 different authors. It was written from three different continents. Its original texts are written in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek). Its authors range from kings to shepherds, generals to tax collectors, prop...

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Mission Trip to Serve at Christar Conference in Spain

Dear Grace Anglican Church, We (Sam Garrison, Patti Millican, Dave Garmus, Dan Wolf) have been in Spain for a week now and we are finally getting a chance to blog about our experience thus far serving at the Christar Conference in Malaga, Spain. There is so much to share, but we wanted to share with you all five things that God has been up to here during our time here. ...

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Advent: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

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Advent: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room Can you hear the voice of one crying in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight"? The holidays can be a crowded and bustling season filled with to-do lists, parties, traditions, and travel. All of these are good things. But the central figure of Advent, John the Baptist, calls us to do one thing- pre...

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Giving and Pledges

Dear Grace Anglian Church, I have good news. Despite the pandemic, the Kingdom of God is still not in trouble and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still the power of salvation for all who believe. I know you've heard me say similar things often in the preceding months. That's because we need constant reminders to keep our focus on the most important things."But seek first th...

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Book of Common Prayer 2019 Teachings

New Book of Common Prayer Teachings The BCP is short for the Book of Common Prayer. Note that the book itself is not common, but rather the prayer. Anglican worship has been defined by common prayer and the BCP its defining characteristic. The beliefs of the Anglican church are found within the language of our worship. We are able to believe and pray in common because of ...

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A Slow Return to Church - Phased Re-Entry Plans

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The truth of this proclamation has never been more urgent. As Gus Richard said to me recently, "nothing is virtual for Jesus." It's true. While we may be doing things using the tools of virtual reality, Jesus is always real and present by his Spirit. He will receive glory through this sickness. I think of his words concerning the man born blind, ...

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Important Good Friday and Easter Details

Dear Grace Anglican Church, When Jesus began his public ministry, the first thing he spoke in Mark's gospel was "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand" (1:15). What was true in those days remains true for us, namely that God's kingdom is here. Its presence, power and advancement are all around us and accessible by faith. Furthermore, the kingdom of God ...

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Palm Sunday Updates

Dear Grace Anglican Church, I love you and I am praying for you! I am thankful that so many people are taking advantage of the online worship services we've been broadcasting over Facebook Live. Technology can be an amazing tool for God's kingdom. This is a confusing time with seemingly constant changes in mandated protocols.Above all, I care that you remain safe and...

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Sunday Service Changes During Coronavirus

Please make plans to participate in prayer and worship from your homes this Sunday, March 22nd and next Sunday, March 29th.We will again live stream a Sunday service of morning prayer on our Facebook page at 9 AM. In an effort to protect the most vulnerable among our community and to adhereto governmentrestrictions, I am asking you to please stay home this Sunday and worsh...

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