Greetings and happy spring! Yesterday, I was having tea with someone at Wild Iris. I noticed the blooming trees on their patio were in full flower. As we sat in the courtyard, I watched the pedals from the trees get blown away; in a way, it was magical. Despite the allergies, isn't spring wonderful?
We are coming up on a short quiet season for the church, so our announcements are limited this week. I think it is good to have these little respits from the busy-ness of our normal lives. May will come soon, and we will have the holidays of Ascension, Sunday after Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday all in quick succession.
I am pleased to let you know our current results of the Bishop's Lenten Appeal. As of right now, we have raised 1451 dollars to help the Anglican Province of American build a school in India! I am so pleased to see your generosity and want to extend my most profound gratitude. While we are working on closing this out, please let Don Foster or myself know if you'd still like to contribute.
Marlaine White's Funeral
Please remember Marlaine White's funeral will be this Saturday, April 14 at 10 am. If you can make it to help show your support to Bill White, please do so.
Wednesday night Movie!
Starting next Wednesday, we'll be watching Episodes of the Documentary "For the Life of the World." This viewing will help us discusses what it means to be the church, what it pragmatically looks like, and will challenge us to strive to be in the world but not of the world. I hope as many of you that are able will come to Evensong and then join us for a lively conversation about the movie and how we can do this best at All Saints.
I know not everyone can make it to Morning Prayer, but did you know that you can listen to a recording of it at your convenience? We have a podcast of it that is posted here daily. You can also find it on Apple Podcast and Android podcasts by searching for Morning Prayer 1928.
We will resume Christian Education on Sunday at 9 am. We will be examining the 39 Articles of Religion, their history, context, and why they're still important today.
Why do missions?
I mentioned the Bishop's Lenten appeal, and this little meditation on the importance of missions should have come earlier in Lent, but missions have been on my mind as of recently. I am impressed with the APA's missionary zeal. For our size, I think we do a phenomenal job of reaching the world. Whether it be financially, ecclesiastically, or prayerfully we support churches in the Philipines, India, the Caribean, Haiti, and Ecuador.
Additionally, previous Lenten appeals have been to help support domestic missions. The APA adopted a new approach for continuing Anglican Churches in the question of how do we build sustainable churches in America. Over the previous three years, APA parishes have raised over 300,000 dollars to help support full-time clergy in the task of creating healthy congregations. We are supporting two churches through these appeals one in Kingsport, TN and the other in Blacksburg, VA.
Some of the missions we support are small, others are large and have lofty goals, but why do we do even bother with this?
The answer is simple; it is because Christ told us to. In Matthew 27:18-20 Christ says: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In Matthew, this, in fact, is the last thing Christ says to his disciples. So, we are commanded to go out into the world to baptize, and train people in the way of Christ.
While we can be shining lights for the hope that we enjoy in Christ right here in Prescott, there are others who are called to go overseas, or to give up much to the glory of the Lord. Let us be always mindful of this calling, and be a church that continues to strive to joyfully support domestic and foreign missions both with prayer and if you are able financially.
Stay warm, and hold tight to your hat this blustery day. Please remember that we have many sick and recovering folks these days in our parish, please pray that they would all be swift to recover. As always, I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church