in the Early Church (2017); and Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (2011) among others. The conference is inexpensive and runs from July 11-14 at Holy Communion Dallas, TX. Click the image below to download the brochure.
The 35for35 Initiative is having it’s winter gathering on Feb. 16th. I encourage anyone interested in church planting resources as Anglicans to attend the gathering. Check out their website to find out about the initiative and hear audio from last year’s gathering. If you’re interested in attending, you can sign up on their Facebook page.
Location: Christ Our King Anglican Church, New Braunfels, TX.
Time: Feb. 16th, 10a-2p.
We’re starting a new book!
A small group meets in Temple to share a meal, discuss a book, and end with Compline evening prayers (ACNA version) on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. The next book we're discussing is James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit.. Please come join us if you're interested in building relationships for Christ and learning how the Anglican tradition provides timeless resources for spiritual formation. If you'd like to attend, please use the Contact page and email to tell us a little about yourself and why you'd like to attend.
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As we continue our journey in God’s work to plant a church in Bell County, it’s important that we take a moment to consider how our foundations are constructed. A house built upon sand cannot stand, but a house built upon the rock of God’s Word will remain (Matthew 7:24-27). The ancient practice of catechesis is sometimes confusing for those new to the Anglican tradition—and honestly, for some who have been in the tradition a while. While it began as a practice for new initiates, it’s not just for them, but for everyone in the church. There is an upcoming Catechesis Colloquium being held at Christ Church Waco in March, featuring noted speaker Hans Boersma. I encourage everyone to attend! More information can be found here:
For an excellent, and easily accessible explanation of why catechesis is for everyone, please read Alex Fogleman’s post at Anglicanpastor.com (click the link to go directly to the post)!
We have decided to begin our meetings at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Temple. The address for the location is 6608 W Adams Ave, Temple, TX 76502. We will meet in the Kasberg Student Center to the left of the main building (as you face the main building). Services will be on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month beginning at 4pm.
Each service will be followed by a light meal and a time of spiritual formation. A standard practice, dating back to the early centuries of the church has been for members who wish to join a local church body to participate in catechesis. That practice has been reinvigorated in recent years in the Anglican Communion. The ACNA has published its own catechism (“To Be a Christian”) and we’d like to work through it during our first year of formation together. We are working to secure rotation for the priests to serve us and lead us in catechesis.
Our monthly pattern will look like this:
1st Sunday of Month: 4pm Eucharist at HTCHS (followed by meal and catechesis)
2nd Sunday of Month: group visit at Christ Church Waco
3rd Sunday of month: 4pm Evening Prayer (followed by meal and catechesis)
4th Sunday of month: group visit at Light of Christ some of the time, visiting other possible churches other times.
With that laid out, here is what the next couple of months will look like:
Dec. 2: Open for your choice individually
Dec. 9: Christ Church Waco
Dec. 16: 4pm Eucharist at HTCHS (followed by meal and catechesis)
Dec. 23: Light of Christ (Georgetown)
Dec. 30: Open for your choice individually
Jan. 6: 4pm Eucharist at HTCHS (followed by meal and catechesis)
Jan. 13: Christ Church Waco
Jan. 20: 4pm Evening Prayer (followed by meal and catechesis)
Jan. 27: Light of Christ (Georgetown)
Last week in small group, I brought up Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626). As Bishop during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, Andrewes fought to set the course and doctrines of the Anglican Church. He oversaw the development of the King James Bible, and was renown for his preaching. Perhaps his best known sermons are his Sermons on the Nativity. Most importantly to many traveling the Anglican Way, in one of his famous sermons, Bishop Andrews provides the following helpful guide for theology in the Anglican Way: “One canon reduced to writing by God himself, two testaments, three creeds, four general councils, five centuries, and the series of Fathers in that period – the centuries, that is, before Constantine, and two after, determine the boundary of our faith.”
Be sure to read some of his sermons when you get the chances; they are rewarding and edifying!