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A New Season

From time to time it becomes essential to evaluate our lives.
We change jobs, our relatives fall ill, we move to another city, and it is important to recognize when we are in a new season.
This month, Holy Trinity Anglican Church is in a new season.

 
We have decided to make a few changes. One main one is changing our services from Sunday to Saturday.
Most of you are free on Saturdays, and you are invited to celebrate worship with us at 4: 30 pm.
The word of God reminds us there are a time and a season for everything under heaven.

 
In Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.”

We look forward to seeing you at our worship service on Saturdays at 4:30 pm.

Blessedness

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Genesis Chapter 2
And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Genesis Chapter 12
12 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy five years old when he set out from Haran.
Genesis chapter 14
After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18. Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram,
“Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.” 22But Abram said to the king of Sodom,
“I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’

Exodus chapter 20
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maid servant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
You are welcome to our Service every Sunday at 10:00 am

Meet Deacon Ric Babcock

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On February 7th Ric Babcock was ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church. To tell us a little about his ministry, Ric answers a few questions.

When and where were you ordained as a Deacon?
I was ordained at The Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Akron, Ohio.
What does a Deacon do?
The functions of the Deacon can be Liturgical or Sacramental. Let me explain:
Liturgical
The Deacon is often referred to as the representative of the people. They are the principal assistants, the most active of all who serve in the liturgy. They are heralds of the word, servants of the church and agents of the Bishop
They assist the Bishop and Priest in worship and the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments.
Another role is to act for the good of others by setting them free for the worship of God and expanding His Kingdom.
A Deacon proclaims the “Liturgy of the Word” by assuming the role of angel, messenger, and bearer of good news.
Specifically, they would read the gospel, occasionally preach, lead intercessions, act as the herald by announcing the call to worship, instructing, keeping order and acting as master of ceremonies.

Sacramental
Deacons serve the table. They would assume the role, much like a host or hostess and butler. Specifically, they prepare the table, receive, prepare, and place on it the bread and wine. After the Eucharistic meal, they consume the remaining bread and wine except for what is to be kept.
They are the Steward of the wine, standing at the presider’s right, the Deacon raises the cup during the doxology of the Eucharistic prayer and at the invitation to communion. They are also the Dismisser, ending the liturgy by telling the people to go or inviting them to “Bless the Lord.”
The dismissal is part of a deacon’s angelic role of making announcements, exhorting, giving directions and aid the active participation of the people.
The Deacon, after ordination, has the privilege of delivering and distributing the sacraments to those who are unable to attend the worship service. This may be at home or a health-care facility.

What is your area of interest?
My area of interest is to serve the poor with prayer and comfort, serve the dying by offering prayer to them and their family, conduct burial services and marriage ceremonies.
I currently work part-time at a local funeral home and am in the process of obtaining permission from a Roman Catholic Care Center to voluntarily provide Protestant services on a regular basis.
An important part of my ministry is to expand the Kingdom in our area and specifically at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. This is a constant on-going endeavor.

What is your Vision?
My vision is to see Holy Trinity outgrow their facility. A church full of people of all ages and all colors loving the Lord and each other. Also to expand our mission work in the community and abroad.

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Tell us something about your family?
I have been married to my wonderful wife Pat for almost 44 years now. We have worked side by side in our entire marriage. Not only has the Lord Blessed me with a wonderful, caring, Christian woman who I adore (I really don’t know how I was so lucky the Lord blessed me with this lifelong partner, but there is no argument to me for it), He has also blessed us with two fantastic children. Brian, our son, of whom I am very proud, is a lead engineer for General Motors, Power Train Division and our daughter Jennifer who very recently told us she and her husband will be having their first child in October. We can’t wait to spoil our first grandchild. Jennifer is a very successful Sales Executive for Spectrum Cable.

Tell us about your first sermon as a Deacon?
My first sermon as a Deacon was tough, to say the least. Without the help of my priest, Fr. Abraham Fiodembo, I’m not sure I could have pulled it off. What I saw in the Gospel, what my wife saw and what Fr. Abraham saw were three different things. I am glad that one is over. Before ordination, I gave a sermon about Angels. I really liked researching that subject and sharing it with the congregation. I still have more material to use and hope to blend a sermon with a 14 minute DVD of a true story in the future.

Note: Some of the information regarding the sacramental is credited to the Book; Deacons in the Liturgy, Author: Ormonde Plater; Church Publishing, New York.

Welcome to our service every Sunda at 10:00 am

HOPE

Hope
Hope is a four-letter word, but it holds a great feeling and leads to significant actions. Hope is described as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. It is associated with having an optimistic attitude. Without hope, one feels as if they are at their wit’s end and their world -as they have come to know it, has come to an end.
However, when an individual is filled with hope, they see endless possibilities, no matter the situation in which they are.
The year is still young, and although you may want to experience great things in 2017, you may be doubting as to whether things will work out for good. Your past experience may fuel this belief or having the present realities and your circumstances in mind. Remember that when you focus on your problems, your problems grow, but when you concentrate on the possibilities- my friend, they will be limitless!
Do not be tied down by your problems when you serve a big and mighty GodKeep the verse in Psalm 46:1 in your heart and meditate on it: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, whenever you feel weak or alone, remember that God is your refuge and your strength; and that he is present in all your seasons in life. Also, He has already made a promise that He will fulfill- He will never leave you nor forsake you.

On the other hand, you may be experiencing great joy in the New Year. This is a good attitude, and you should continue having a thankful heart and have hope for the present and future. Continue keeping your trust in God as He has already planned everything for you. Continue trusting in God’s plan and will and keep praying that He may direct your steps. No matter the circumstances, you will be able to take great leaps of faith, and with hope, endless possibilities wait for you.
We ought to accept that there is a season for everything. The year may throw big surprises your way, pleasant ones and not so pleasant. However, hope should be constant in all situations that you may find yourself in. Be thankful for your present situation. Be even more thankful for the great turnaround that you are expecting.
When stepping into a new year, it is perfectly normal to experience a fear of the unknown and being uncertain if things will work out well for the year. However, do not be paralyzed by fear and get stuck to move onto great things. Remember, hope is the only thing which is stronger than fear. You may lose anything and everything, but never lose hope! As a Christian, you should bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit and hope is one of them.
Have a blessed year ahead! Remember that with God, your focus will move from encountering hopeless ends to experiencing endless hope. May you experience hope and peace in the year 2017!

Chastity Begets Royalty

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By Philemon Odembo

What began as an ordinary engagement almost broke just months before the consummation of marriage. This was the custom and culture of the Jews. Brides were to be chaste, undefiled and fully reserved for the bridegroom for that union to be acceptable in the eyes of the community. This is the story of Mary, betrothed to Joseph and keeping herself in absolute purity knowing too well the consequences of falling short of missing the mark of ultimate virginity.

If this happened where I live, Miss Mary would be considered by her peers as old-school, archaic and naïve. “How possible is it that you’ve reached adult age and yet you are still saying, “I have not known any man” Luke 1:34.

 

She would be considered backward and uncivilized. In fact, Mary wouldn’t have been safe even in the church because she would have been tagged as one portraying a holier than thou attitude. Well, some people would have looked at her as a conservative who was piously keeping the tradition of the land.
But God was preparing her for the perfect Christmas story as we have it today. This was also going to fulfill scripture that “Behold a virgin will conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14.
What makes the Christmas story fascinating is the lesson we derive from the attitude of Mary.

 
It’s amazing how Mary received the news of the angel. It’s worth noting that she did not doubt the angel but simply wanted to understand how this was going to happen. Mary was also well aware of what would transpire if Joseph discovered that she was pregnant. But Mary completely and selflessly traded her interest for the sake of Gods will. She risked losing Joseph and yet answered the angel thus; “may it be unto me according to your word” how sweet and loyal that sounded. It’s like saying; I know the decision I am about to make will affect my life but nevertheless, may God’s will prevail in me.

This is the lesson of Christmas. Loyalty, obedience and total submission to the perfect will of God. Mary was willing to let go of all her pleasure and, dignity and respect Just for God s will to prevail. Can you imagine how tough it was going to be for Mary, walking around the village heavy with a child and yet not yet married in a male dominated society like Bethlehem?
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Can you imagine the scorn and ridicule from friends and family? Imagine the shame of Joseph having to receive a barrage of questions concerning his fiancee’s morality which was at stake. But Mary the handmaid of the Lord surrendered to Gods will till the magnificent Jesus Christ the king and savior were born. And so Mary’s chastity begets royalty.
Merry Christmas!

What’s Your Message?

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My favorite twitter hashtag is #TGIO.  (Thank God it’s over)

As people go back to work and adapt to the new reality that we have a new president, there is a lot of anticipation and expectations as well as anxiety.

 

The political candidates carried different messages. “Stronger Together” was perceived as let’s work together and be stronger. “Make America Great” was perceived as let’s become prosperous.

Everyone had a different perception which translated into their reality and influenced their vote.

Your message as a Christian is crucial.  -What is it?

I have a bracelet that reads; WWJD

What would Jesus message have been?
His message can be found in 1 John 4:7-12
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete.
If Jesus were one of the candidates, his message would have been;

Love One Another.”

Is this your message? I have one question for you as a Christian.
How do you show love to others?
One thing that came clear after this election is how divided our nation is.
Your role as a child of God is to preach the message of peace. -The message of Jesus Christ.
Welcome to our Sunday Morning Services  at 10:00 am and experience the love of God.

Does God love your Pets?

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Is  God’s love sufficient for animals?  Yes, it very clearly is.
In the book of Genesis chapter 6-9, God tells Noah to build an ark for him and his family in preparation for a catastrophic flood that would destroy every living thing on earth.
God also instructed Noah to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, both male and female, along with every kind of food to be stored for the animals and his family while on the ark.

images Noah obeyed everything God commanded him to do. We know that the rains came, and there was a great flood. Noah and all the animals in the ark were saved.
If God did not care about animals, they would have all drowned in the flood as well, but he valued them and wanted to preserve them as well.
Remember to bring your pets for the upcoming Pet Blessing which will be on Sunday, October 9th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Church.

Don’t get Tired of Waiting for your Dreams & Visions

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Have you ever had a dream that you knew was from the Spirit of God?
In Acts 2: 17, God declares that ‘in the last days, he will pour out his Spirit on all people; and young men will see visions while older men will dream dreams.’
Has the Lord given you a dream about something in your life? Have you been waiting for your dream to come to pass and you are now getting discouraged or losing faith?
It could be a dream about your ministry and how God wants to use you. Or it could be about your health or your finances. Whatever it is; do you feel you are working against all odds and nothing is happening?

Don’t lose heart.

You belong to the Lord. Whatever he has spoken to you will come to pass. We easily get discouraged because we like to do things our way, -but we need to remember that Gods ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are greater than our thoughts. His eyes see further than we can ever see or even imagine. 

All we need to do is trust Him.

In Habakkuk 2: 2-3 we read:
And the Lord answered me, and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
Verse 3 we read: “For the revelation awaits an appointed time, though it linger, wait for it, It will certainly come and will not delay.”
If God gives you a vision, like he gave Habakkuk, remember to write it down. Look at the writing from time to time; nurture it as you would a young plant. If it delays, keep trusting and working toward accomplishing it.

Remember Noah?
When God told him to build an ark, the people laughed so hard at him. I figure he was the entertainment at the local bar.
But one day, the rains did come, and there was a great flood, just as the Lord had told Noah.
Like Noah, keep your dream and vision alive, it will come to pass because God is Faithful.

Remember to come to church every Sunday at 10:00 am

Spring is Here

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Spring is associated with a new beginning. A fresh start, a new dawn. Spring is the new season and it always has new beginnings, new promises and new expectations. Maybe you are at a point in your life where you are more than ready for something new. Your faith will take you to the next level. Have high expectations and believe in God’s promises.

Do not despair
In your current situation, you should not be miserable. Be happy and thankful for the season, and pray for your new beginning. Take the current status as a training ground for the future state. Like Job; “though your beginning is small, your latter days will be very great.” (Job 8:7)

Keep the hope alive
Is there something you are hoping for? Although your wait for the new beginning may seem long, do not lose your hope and faith. Be persistent and keep pushing toward your dream. As it is written in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Lamentations Chapter 3 vs 22-24 tells us; “the steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Believe in God’s promises
Believe in things unseen and the great things that await you in your new season. His promise to Jeremiah in verses 29:11 applies to you today. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Spring forth
Embrace your new beginning and say goodbye to the old things. Your old situation may be likened to a desert and the new beginning to spring. Spring is a sign of life and freshness. Be ready for your new season and spring forth when the time comes. Embrace your new state wholly. Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19).

Step into your new season with grace and strength and believe in the promise of God that those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Your spring time is here. Spring forth and embrace it. Let your faith and hope in God carry you through the new season as you believe in His promises and watch as He works in amazing ways to turn your expectations into reality. Ecclesiastes 3:11, tells us ‘God has made everything beautiful in its time.’

Visit us at 10:00 am every Sunday for worship.