The Great 50 Days of Easter

May 21st, 2014 by

After 40 days of Lenten fasting and preparing, we enter an extended 50 days of Easter celebration and mission. Immediately following Easter, new members of the ancient church (professing their faith, receiving Baptism and celebrating Holy Communion) continued their discipleship in faith through guided reflection on the mysteries of the faith.

This Easter instruction, or mystagogy, was designed to establish new believers in the life of faith, and equip them to share in the mysteries of faith. This new season for new converts was also a reminder to the entire church that Easter brings a renewed start for us as well. This invitation is for us as well. We are inviting you to join us in our celebration of the Great 50 Days of Easter. (Sunday April 20th – Sunday June 8th) During the Great 50 Days of Easter, we have committed to a daily celebration of Holy Communion as an expression of our gratitude for the great sacrifice and accomplishments of Jesus Christ. The service is designed for those who may be on their way to work or taking their lunch break. Our Sunday service schedule remains the same. The weekday schedule is as follows. Because it is the Anglican custom for the Eucharist to always be celebrated in community, (at least 2 people present) we are seeking a shared commitment of the parish family for this intention to be put into practice. Let us know which day(s) you will join us.

Sunday

8 and 10

Mondays

Noon

Tuesdays

7am

Wednesdays

Noon

 Thursdays

7am

 Fridays

Noon

Saturdays

7am

We will also offer 50 days of encouragement to continue in our embrace of the new life guaranteed by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Each day, we will send a daily short email with a reflection by a member of New Covenant, a classic writing from our Anglican heritage, or a selection of the original mystagogical sermons from the early centuries of the church.We will be celebrating the weekday Eucharist with the prayers provided in Common Worship, the contemporary version of the Book of Common Prayer authorized by the Church of England and used by many parishes in the Anglican Mission and around the world. Each Easter Email will include a scripture, a prayer for the day and a question to guide your reflection. Please use these as a way to nurture your reflection on Easter and enrich your own worship of the resurrected and reigning Christ. To participate, please send an email to info@new-covenant-church.com with Easter Email in the subject line.

God Willing

October 11th, 2013 by

Growing up, I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out God’s will. In the church of my youth, this included big things, like timing the end of the world and wondering if or when Marci would decide to go out with me. Vocation, 10 Oct 13 13employment, friendship, challenges and even much smaller things, like which toy to ask for at Christmastime. God’s will in my mind was like the evidence left behind at a crime scene, and I was tasked to become a spiritual CSI to deduce and confirm the tracks God had left behind in my life. With this knowledge, I assumed, I could declare Aha! and move forward in life confidently and assured that there would be no untimely surprises.

It was exhilarating except for all the times it was debilitating.

Discernment is a word I learned later that I tried to paint over what I was actually doing. I was a great devotee of the Professor Marvel school-of-reading. Like Dorothy, I would squinch my eyes in my best religious frame of mind, and then take some small piece of recent history and extrapolate it towards my own perception of my best interest.

Then, when I was weary of all the emotional sturm und drang, I just started copying what people around me were doing. God’s will for me was whatever people who seemed to have it together were already doing.

It was comforting except for all the times it was ridiculous.

This week, the prophet Jeremiah’s letter to the refugee community in Babylon gives us guidance forward. If you have ever wondered about God’s will, this guidance can help.

This week is also our second week of In His Presence. You can watch the video for all 6 sessions online at www.new-covenant-church.com. Questions for sessions 1 and 2 are available. Just click on the red couch beside the video. It is not too late to find a group and connect with others who have Jesus in common with you. See you Sunday.

grace and certain hope,               

Christopher+