Moses knows. You do too.

August 28th, 2015 by

HandwashingCircumstances change from time to time. In fact, our situation and circumstances seem to change all the time. Some changes are big, some more modest. Your toothpaste, your address, your insurance company, your hairstyle, your last name, your favorite tv show, your surprising job assignment, your child’s least favorite school subject, your newest passion, your latest disappointment. The list goes on and on because life goes on and on.

One writer pithily said that the only two constants in this life were Jesus and change. Changing circumstances move us to make choices, and our responses are significant.

Moses frames the innumerable options waiting for the people of God on the other side (inside) of the Promised Land in terms of keeping faith with what has gone before. Don’t let the novelty of change cause you to lose your grip on what is essential.

Jesus frames his encounter with religious leaders who tsk’ tsk’  people for not washing their hands before eating in terms of traditions’ limited value.

It could be tempting to think that Jesus and Moses disagree here.
But Moses knows what Jesus knows.

A well-known recipe for madness is “doing the same thing again and again while hoping for different results.” Sounds axiomatic until we realize that a change in circumstances could make previously unhelpful actions appear brilliantly insightful, while maintaining well-known patterns of strategy and execution in the face of new circumstances can put a solid business out of business.

Churches committed to the powerful, undiminished Truth revealed in scripture and that value the wisdom and insight of those who have gone before us have a lot to hear in this Sunday’s lessons. All of us who have committed to leave a legacy of fidelity and clarity in the faith to those who follow after us have much to hear from Moses, James and our Lord. For each of us who hope to chart a consistent path through the inconsistencies  of life and ourselves should take heart that the Bible recognizes how that feels, and that God speaks to us where we are.

Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism with Titus Hutchings and his family. If you have questions about beginning a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, please ask. If you are interested in being baptized or would like your children to receive the sacrament of baptism, please ask Bishop Carl, Fr. Clint, Fr. Dave, Fr. Gabriel, Dcn. Ruan, Dcn. Tyrone, Dcn. Barbara or myself. There are plenty of us who would love to speak with you and your family.

See you Sunday,
Christopher+

What’s it all about?

August 21st, 2015 by

Jesus the Bread of Life

Dear Friends at New Covenant,

Sometimes a song says it all, sometimes not. I was recently listening to Dionne Warwick sing the 1966 hit, “What’s it all about Alfie?”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

August 20th, 2015 by

SUMMER ADULT LEARNING SERIES (w/CHILDREN’S BIBLE TIME)

Sunday, August 23, Peter Buffington will continue his discussion of marriage, focusing on resolving conflict (appreciating our differences) and the power of forgiveness. Each class is a stand-alone topic. Even if you missed previous classes, it is worth your time and effort. Also note a Sunday school lesson for children is offered at the same time as the adult class. Stay for the service and your child will cover a different lesson as well.

ANGLICAN MORNING PRAYER

Wednesday–Friday at 7:30 am in the sanctuary. Using the Book of Common Prayer we open ourselves to God’s shaping through time-honored prayer patterns.

CAPTIVATE CONFERENCE

Will be held in Jacksonville, FL on October 3, 2015. We have secured group rates. All can register as individuals and then place “CAP2015” for the coupon code. Click any other box and the registration fee should change to $75. We can register up until two days before the event.

MASQUERADE BALL

Dawn Strobeck and her team have been developing a program to aid in the healing of the emotional wounds caused by Human Trafficking. On September 24, 2015 they are holding a Masquerade Gala to heighten awareness and raise money for the treatment of human trafficking victims. <CLICK> Bit.ly/masqueradeball2015 for details.

FALL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ MEETING

Plan on attending a meeting this Sunday, August 23, 2015 in the church office from 9:00-9:45 am if you are interested in teaching our children the faith. Questions? Contact Father Christopher at 407-462-8885.

FALL SUNDAY SCHOOL STARTS SEPTEMBER 6

September 6 will be the first day of Fall Sunday School. Check out our curriculum for 9:00 am and 10:00 am. SUNDAY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Also get a head start on Sunday School by learning the books of the Bible now.
BOOKS OF THE BIBLE VIDEO.

PRAYER POSTURES

In our 10 weeks together we will pray with words that have been passed down through the ages. Prayers of people from whom we have gained so much knowledge and our Christian insight. From St. Julian of Norwich, St. Augustine and Mother Mary, we will be guided towards the Advent season. Come and be rekindled by the words of the ancients while moving in worship to the Ancient One. It begins, September 14 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Questions? Contact Marci Strickland via text or email at 407.921.4848 or beauty4ashesms@aol.com.

MEN SAVE THE DATE

September 12 at 8 am we are asking all men to attend a time of learning and discernment as we discuss the role of men in the congregation, the nation and the world, seeking to better understand His leading. Though breakfast will be served this time together is no substitute for the Men’s Breakfast that will still be held on the final Saturday of the month. Rather it is a time to assess where we are as Christian men in out ever-changing society. Questions? Contact Father Clint Kandle at 407-699-0202 or 407-312-3095.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 13th, 2015 by

TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN MORNING PRAYER

Wednesday–Friday at 7:30 am in the sanctuary. Using the Book of Common Prayer we open ourselves to God’s shaping through time-honored prayer patterns.

SUMMER ADULT LEARNING SERIES (w/CHILDREN’S BIBLE TIME)

Father Christopher will answer questions and discuss the current landscape of our Anglican beliefs. The conversation will be guided by the questions of the participants. Whether a newcomer or a long-time member seeking to better understand why we do what we do, all are invited and encouraged to ask probing questions. NOTE: Sunday School is offered for those who accompany parents. The lesson is different from the lesson that will be taught during the 10:00 am service.

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE

for the African Counsel of Orlando will be held August 15, 2015 from 12:00-4:00 pm at the Englewood Neighborhood Center Gym, 6123 La Costa Drive, Orlando, FL 32807. Take advantage of the tax free days (August 7-16) to buy school supplies for over 70 African refugee children living in the Orlando area. Questions? Contact Father Gabriel at 407-369-0150. Go to http://bit.ly/2015schoolsupplies to choose a student.

SAVE THE DATE

Masquerade Ball                                                      September 24, 2015
Bit.ly/masqueradeball2015

Captivate Conference-Majesty and Wonder      October 1-3, 2015

Be Very Careful Then How you Live…

August 7th, 2015 by

imagesBe careful, then, how you live–

not as unwise but as wise…

Eph 5:15

 

Earlier, in the verses from Sunday’s epistle, St. Paul gives us some advice on how to live:

“… put off falsehood and speak truthfully … Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice … Be kind and compassionate, forgiving each other…Be imitators of God, … and live a life of love …”

Does it matter? Does it really make a difference how we live?

And if so, to what does it matter? I mean, what’s at stake?

And what about when we miss the mark? What then?

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Failure from God

August 1st, 2015 by

Should that title have a question mark after it, or will you allow me to assume that sometimes God will intentionally allow us to fail in order for us to realize our dependence on Him, to show us we are creatures and He is creator? This week, several of the glass balls that I try to keep spinning have dropped to the floor.

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Upcoming Events

August 1st, 2015 by

YOUTH PROMOTION SUNDAY AND POTLUCK TONIGHT!

Sunday, August 2nd at 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm in the parish hall for
Kids entering 4th grade – 6th grade – welcome to JC456!
Kids entering 7th grade – 12 grade – welcome to Asylum!
Bring a side dish or dessert to share with others. Meat and drinks will be provided. We will share a wonderful meal, talk youth stuff and play games. Come prepared to have fun, while reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones.

WATER AND WORD

All youth ages 12-18 are invited to the Reillys’- 1675 Wingspan Way, Winter Springs, FL 32708. Plan to join us on August 5 from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm. Swim, eat and study the Bible. Questions? Call Justin Fowler at 904-451-7040.

SUMMER ADULT LEARNING SERIES (w/CHILDREN’S BIBLE TIME)

Charlene Laird will be back next week to discuss the importance of joy in our daily living. They will focus on Dealing with Spiritual Roadblocks. Breakfast starts at 8:45 am and class starts at 9:00 am in the parish hall.

CLOSER

Join us Friday night in the sanctuary at 7:00 pm as we draw CLOSER to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It is difficult to describe an evening of closer because each time is different, but common components are music, prayer, silence, listening and witnessing to His power.

COLLECTIVE KINGDOM NIGHT OF WORSHIP

at New Covenant in the sanctuary on Saturday August 8th at 6:00 pm. All high school age students are invited to a dynamic, student-led night of worship. Our goal is to unite multiple denominations as one body of believers and worship Christ with everything we have before this upcoming school year. We will network and meet with other Christians from local area churches and high schools. Questions? Ask Jackie Fowler at 904-248-1094.

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE

for the African United Counsel of Orlando will be held August 15, 2015 from 12:00-4:00 pm at the Englewood Neighborhood Center Gym, 6123 La Costa Drive, Orlando, FL 32807. Take advantage of the tax free days (August 7-16) to buy school supplies for over 70 African refugee children living in the Orlando area. Questions? Contact Father Gabriel at 407-369-0150. Go to http://bit.ly/2015schoolsupplies to choose a student.

SAVE THE DATE

Masquerade Ball September 24, 2015
Captivate Conference-Majesty and Wonder October 1-3, 2015
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