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Waiting Is Goodly Hard

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
“Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” (Psalm 80)
So is the response in this coming Sunday’s Psalm for the fourth week of Advent.  The psalmist is looking back in time to those events that led the people of God to be in trouble and in need of divine help.  What went wrong? For too many years– generations– the nation waffled in its love and allegiance to God. They forgot how integral God was to their livelihood and blessing.  They thought they could make their own way, and they thought they could chase after other gods for better help.  God allowed the results and consequences of their choices to develop and take hold of the people. They became both secularized and, conversely, polytheistic.  What went wrong? In their wandering faith and waffling belief, they stopped trusting the Lord their God for their provision, care, leadership, truth, and blessing.

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Waiting… (by Deacon Cindy Miller)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Dear Friends,
“Are we there yet?”
 “Has it arrived?”
 “Where is it?”
 “Is it finished yet?”
 “Just a little longer”
Are these phrases familiar to you? These are especially common phrases used at this time of year. We, young and old, use these phrases when we are waiting for something exciting, fun and/or special to happen or arrive. Sometimes the phrases slip out when we get tired of waiting, but they are a sign that we are looking forward to what is ahead.  Why keep asking if we don’t care about it!

Thankful

Saturday, November 19, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

This time of year always brings a convergence of celebration dates. I’m thinking of Thanksgiving and the liturgical Sunday of Christ the King, which ends our liturgical year. I’m also thinking of Nov. 10, the date eight years ago when I began leading our church. I’m also thinking of Nov. 15, 2009, the date on which I was ordained a Anglican priest, and I am also thinking of Nov. 1994, which is the date when our church was established.   There is much to celebrate!

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Easter People Still Celebrating

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

There are reasons that the Church dwells in given seasons. It keeps us close to God’s story and God’s purpose for us.  This seasonal rhythm is true for many expression of the Christian Church.   Until the 20th century, all expressions of the Church used liturgy and church seasons. Today still more than 75% of the Church worldwide uses liturgy and marks the seasons of the Church with scripture, songs, teaching, and art (and more) which connect the Church to the life of Jesus and his Church.

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Palms and Promises

Saturday, March 19, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality

Palms and Promises– what a combination! When we think of palms, we may think of tropical paradise like Hawaii or perhaps the arid & ocean landscape of southern California. Whatever your association may be, the message of this Palm Sunday is that the Jesus is hailed triumphantly as king only to be quickly rejected. How remarkable it seems to me every year during this part of our faith journey during which Lent leads us to Holy Week. Jesus is seen as king, hailed as savior, desired to reign, and then given up for execution. How right and wrong can people be all at once? Read more…

Rejoice! A Lenten Response

Saturday, March 5, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Dear Friends,
Tomorrow is the 4th Sunday of Lent.  During the Lenten journey, we set aside tasks, habits, and patterns to give God more time and space to guide our lives.  Perhaps you have made more time for reading scripture and prayer? Maybe you have been more regular in attendance in worship and more engaged during worship? Maybe you have been more intentional about being less “habit-busy” and simply more thoughtful about how you use your time in ways you feel convicted? I hope that you have been more aware of how God is meeting with you and of those things that he may be uprooting in you so he may plant something better in their place. What do I mean by that?

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Invitation to a Journey

Friday, February 19, 2016 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Greetings! I have hope that this newsletter finds you well. Seasons of the year come with some holding more invitations than others. Now is such a season… we are in month two of a new year (how are your resolutions going?), getting ready for tax season, tracking election candidates more closely, and — O, yes, Lent has begun! Easter is less than six weeks away. All contain invitations, some more appealing than others.
Please accept the Lenten invitation.

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Peace & Sorrow– Advent week 2 reflection

Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
In this season I have encountered a steady stream of powerful contrasts. Joyful anticipation of Christmas Day and gathering with friends (and planning for more gatherings) have been offset in just the last week by the death of two friends’ wives, the shooting death and injuries of those in San Bernardino, and for the last three months my own nephew’s long road of recovery from a horrible car accident.  As I look at my own child, for whom Christmas is only wonder and joy, I work to shield from him some of the painful reality of the last week’s news. He prays daily for his cousin’s recovery without knowing the full extent of the severity of his injuries, because that would be too frightening.

Number Your Days

Saturday, November 14, 2015 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Dear Friends,
In the age of instant news access, we are often overwhelmed by the news of horror and terror. We see the pictures and video right away. Twitter feeds spread the word even before news agencies can report it. It is simply hard to believe that so much hate exists, but it does– or that so much evil motivates people, but it does. ISIS bombs Lebanon and the next day attacks spread across Paris. Many are killed and many are injured. Please remember them in your prayers. Pray for peace, pray for repentance and pray for God’s intervention to frustrate the plans and minds of the wicked.
In our life in God, we are called to know a mature faith. We are not children who view life with only simplicity. In depth of faith, we face great challenges, and we are stretched by those challenges to know God in his depth and breadth of being.  This morning’s Psalm from the daily office reminds us of these things. Moses and Israel have journeyed a long time and a long way with God. They experienced triumph and great tragedy. We are reminded that our time here on earth is brief. We ought to “number our days aright” so we may be wise in how we live in faith with God. There will be joy & sorrow, victory and loss, life and death. No one is immune from these things. With God, our life is all the more rich, meaningful and rightly focused. With God, we live in hope, love one another, and serve the world. With God, we are peacemakers and bring the hope of God’s love to the world.
What helps you to reflect over how God is shaping your life and how you are to respond? In other words, how may you ‘number your days aright’ and live through the lens and reality of faith?

Psalm 90

Grace and Peace,
Mark+

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How do you hang on through hard times?

Saturday, October 3, 2015 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
Dear Friends,
How do you hang on through hard times? I posed this question last Sunday when I preached from James 5. As the autumn season comes upon us, even here in San Jose we have some change to fall color, the air is different, people think and plan for harvest events and traditions–  and yet terrible events offset the wonder of it all. Storms and a hurricane loom off of the east coast, and in Roseburg, OR, a community college shooting left at least 10 dead and more injured. Closer to home, my own 29-year-old nephew was in a terrible auto accident over two weeks ago and has been in critical condition and endured 35 hours of surgeries.  Despite the implied beauty of the season, hard times befall regardless.

About Our Church

Anglican Mission logoChrist The King Anglican Church embodies the Three Streams of the historic Christian Church: The Scripture (Evangelical stream), The Sacred (the Sacramental stream) and The Spirit (the Charismatic stream).   We are happy to belong to The Anglican Mission: A Society of Mission and Apostolic Works. The Mission.  The Mission began in December 1999, and it has been the leader in establishing new churches and ministries in an Anglican heritage across North America. In recent years, The Mission has grown to include many overseas works, including The Anglican Mission: India.

We’re committed to believe and trust Jesus Christ, to be directed by His Spirit, and to trust in His Holy Scripture as our standard in matters of faith and practice. Everyone who is at Christ the King now was once a visitor and decided to make this his or her church home. We hope you will consider making the same decision! If you are interested in church membership or more information, please call the church office at (408) 770-2260.

 

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