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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Congregational Meeting  July 9th at 12:30 PM for considering All Saints’ future and for growing our church.
Will All Saints be an active and growing congregation that is willing to step forward in faith? Are we to truly seek a more permanent home? Are we ready to become the Church that God wants us to be? What changes in attitude and commitment level will it take for All Saints to begin growing? Are we willing to let go of our past and enter the New Life of the Anglican Church in North America? How may we be strengthened as Biblical Anglicans who are Mission-minded to reach the lost and the perishing with the Gospel so that each may find New Life in our Savior Jesus Christ?

Thursday, June 11, 2015


   We discern our Lord is calling us forward and leading us to a New Home. It will be ~the Lord Willing~ a sacred place where we may continue strong in faith and in our Lord's Will for expanding ministries and outreach. We believe that our Lord is nudging us forward after being graciously housed at Reformation Lutheran Church for many years. The Chapel at 111 N.Chestnut St. has served as our 'place of refuge' for nearly nine years now. We are accepting our Lord's Call to venture forward into a new home by December 31st.... yet where is it O' Lord?
   Please help us to pray and to further discern how we may be faithful to our Lord in this momentous pilgrimage!
   Here is what we are prayerfully considering: In the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord we are seeking His guidance and blessing upon finding the following:
  • Chapel: seating for 75+
  • Piano or Organ
  • Fellowship Hall: seating for 100+
  • Kitchen (or kitchenette)
  • Bathrooms
  • Handicapped Accessibility to building and rooms
  • Parking for 50+ cars
  • Location accessible on a bus line
  • Growth space possibilities: Parish Office, Nursery/Children's Room
  Our sacred hope is that it would be a place of our own that we could rent. The two key reasons we have discerned for a 'place of our own' on Sunday mornings are: 1) so that we can maintain our time of Worship at 10 AM and 2) so that the place would become clearly known  as the parish center and home of All Saints Anglican Church of Rochester.
  Of course, we will need Offerings in order to move ahead. We are trusting our Lord in this part of the venture also... and are being blessed with 'seed money' already being offered: Thanks be to Almighty God!

  We pray that All Saints will faithfully respond to this great challenge and opportunity so that Our Holy God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit is honored and glorified! Amen.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Our Center for Praying, Sacrificing & Living

  When we think of the place that can be called the center of our Faith where we pray and worship our Lord, we think of a Sanctuary. The Jews had the Temple as the place, indeed the center, of their praying and sacrificing. Jesus honored the Temple in Jerusalem with His many visits for teaching and proclaiming the Heart of the Faith, the Good News in Him. He also clearly showed how the Jewish people’s and the leaders of the Faith had perverted His Father’s House of Prayer and had changed it into a house of trade, a den of thieves. The prayer center had to be cleansed out and returned to its rightful purposes. At His Death, the veil/curtain that hung in front of the Holy of Holies (the Sanctuary and Holiest Place on earth) was torn from top to bottom. This opened the Sanctuary making it accessible from all who come to our Lord with faith: total access to Almighty God! Indeed, the Heavenly Sanctuary was opened to believers to enter into worship-filled union with our Lord through faith.
   In Jesus Christ and through Faith in Him, the center for praying, sacrificing and for living becomes the Living Sanctuary on earth which is in the midst of the people of Faith. Through faith, believers are joined as a Spiritual House, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the dwelling place of God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:14-22, 1 Cor.3:16-17, 1 Peter 2:4-5).
Indeed, as a believer our body is transformed into a temple of the Holy Spirit within us (1 Cor.6:19). The Center for praying, sacrificing, and living is within our souls, within our bodies personally, amidst fellow believers corporately, united with God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit within us and united with God in Heaven…
Therefore let us do as is stated in Hebrews 8:19-25
19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Monday, March 09, 2015

The Reality of New Life in Christ

  For Lent this year I am led to share with you news about the new life we have here and now, in and through our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus stated that he came that we who come to him will have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Our experiences in this world, however, often seem so far from that reality of abundant living. What will help us to awaken to the greater reality of victorious and abundant living in Christ? I believe that the answer is that Jesus wants us to have a Christian perspective and live into the faith realities in his presence as our Risen Lord, here on earth.
  In praying about having new life in Christ, I find the story of Lazarus most helpful. Have you ever thought about what perspective Lazarus gained in his faith after he was raised from the dead and brought out of the tomb by Jesus? How did this life-transforming event affect his life and faith as he lived "beyond the grave" in new life? He would have come to know through personal experience that Jesus was truly the Resurrection and the Life. He must also have gained an eternal perspective and must have encouraged many others to believe in the reality of new life in Christ, even while still living on this earth (see John 12:9, 12, 17). How may we have the same faith and how may we live in this new life here on earth?
  To understand what we must do, it will be helpful to review the story of Lazarus so that it is fresh in our minds (see John, Chapter 11). Both of Lazarus’ sisters exclaimed to Jesus: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Does believing in Jesus mean that we won’t experience physical death? Of course not. Yet, true faith in Jesus will mean that we will live in new life beyond the grave. As Jesus says: “He who believes in me will live even if he dies.” This was the essential lesson we learn from Jesus' conversation with Martha, Lazarus' sister. Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of God, even he who comes into the world”(John 11:23-27).
  Once Jesus, himself, was raised from the dead and had revealed himself as the Risen Lord, all of life changed. Believing in the Risen Lord means that we are invited to live in the Kingdom of God now—here on earth—and forever. Living into the new life in Christ means that we are meant to be currently living into the reality of life beyond death. We are to be living in our earthly lives more and more with the faith perspective of God’s will being done and his kingdom coming forth on earth as it is in heaven. Yes, as we consider what we are praying in the Lord’s Prayer we gain new life perspective in faith: "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven," NOW! That is a prayer that is meant to be answered here and now on earth—not just a prayer for the future! Let us learn to live the new life here and now! Let us live with whole-hearted faith in our Risen Lord Jesus Christ, NOW, not just with hopeful thoughts focused on the future.
  The story of Lazarus brings forth an important faith lesson: death is not the end for the believer. Jesus has the final word in the believer's life. He is the Resurrection and the Life. Though we die (and we experience death in so many ways while living in this world)
yet shall we continue living eternally, with heavenly perspective now here on earth. We are meant to live abundantly through realizing the presence and life-giving power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our Lord Jesus Christ is life himself, and through living faith he is living and working in us. We are more than conquerors through him (Rom.8:37).
  Today let us consider what new life was like for Lazarus once he was raised from the dead and brought from the burial tomb. At that point he was already living the new life reality in Jesus. He lived the rest of his earthly life in the new life after death through Jesus. May we live into this same reality. May we know that we have, now, real new life in our Risen Lord by trusting Jesus: that he is risen, that he is the Resurrection and the Life, and that he calls us from death into new life, eternal life, abundant life! (see Romans 6:1-13 & 2 Corinthians 4:7-11).
  May we have the faith that allows us to truly trust Jesus: he is with us, he is alive in the new life beyond death, and he calls us into the same reality now—even before our own
physical deaths.
  In his holy love, David+