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Reaffirmation of Faith

A Public Reaffirmation of Faith For Adults I recently heard the testimony of a woman describing how, in her late twenties, she and her husband changed from being nominal church attenders to people of active faith in God.They had been baptized as children, raised in the church and confirmed at the standard age. They even made a habit of church attendance together, but real...

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Advent: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Advent Art

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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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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Idolatry: Making Good Things The Ultimate Thing

As we transition to a new preaching focus, our Archbishop has asked me to resume using the lectionary to select our Sunday readings. I'm glad to do so because it is rich in content and will give us much to consider concerning God's grace to us. We'll take the appointed readings from Luke's gospel as our focus. Specifically, we'll be considering how and why we must not ...

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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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LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

This Sunday marks the annual Feast of Pentecost. The name literally means "fiftieth," a title that was taken from the Jewish Feast of Weeks that occurs approximately at the same time. This is yet another example of God fulfilling themes from the Old Covenant. The Jewish feast was given the Greek title "Pentecost" because it occurred 50 days after Passover (cf. Deut. 16:9...

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Upcoming Summer Sabbatical

Upcoming Summer SabbaticalFrom Senior Pastor, Mike McDonald Dear Grace Anglican Family, I thank God that he has counted me faithful enough to entrust me with leadership of his people. June 4th will mark the 8th anniversary of my ordination as a priest. Serving God in this way brings me a deep sense of fulfillment and joy. I love ministry and I love our church. I also fee...

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Coming Alive Lenten Preaching Sermon Series

Over the next six weeks, we'll be looking at topics related to things "Coming Alive." In selecting our preaching texts from the lectionary, I noticed topics related to "Coming Alive" as a recurring theme. Lent is perfectly positioned on the calendar to help us think about life coming through death. Winter often feels harsh and cold and barren, but spring is full of glimp...

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Prepare the Way

Advent: Centering the Season Around Christ...

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Messing Up the Words

We worship in the Anglican tradition, a denomination that we call "liturgical." You may have heard that the word "liturgy" comes from the Greek word leitourga which roughly means "work or service of the people." The term was used for many public works of service, and was a cultural word that was used by Christians and eventually took on a fully Christian meaning. The Chris...

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