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Ember Days - What's That?

If you’ve been in the process of ordination in our diocese, I will have pestered you to write ember letters. I could blame it on our good bishops but I won’t. It is a long standing tradition for ordinands to write ember letters to their bishop four times per year corresponding to the four sets of ember days which occur annually. What’s this ember thing about, anyways? It’s old. Really old. Leo the Great (5th c) old. He encouraged setting aside the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at the beginning of each of the four seasons for fasting and prayer. He claimed the Apostles did it, so all Christians should do it. If you’re interested in the history Wikipedia has a good write up. You can also fin

Devotional Resources for Lent

Looking for some devotional resources for Lent? Here are a few to check out: Our friends at Church of the Incarnation in Harrisonburg passed along this preparation for Lent: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/15261/preparation-for-lent Dr. Peter Jensen, GAFCON General Secretary, has produced a series of short video clips, “How’s Your Heart”: https://mailchi.mp/gafcon/hows-your-heart?e=4f55482701 Tommy Hinson kicks off a daily Lenten blog from members of Church of the Advent in DC: https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?e=26f6b40549&u=e9f9216cf80853d84bf161d07&id=b0f8d7e09b If you haven’t already discovered the Lent Project of Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture, & the Arts, che

A Season for Love

What a “happy accident” that this year’s Ash Wednesday falls on February 14, St Valentine’s Day. Beginning Lent with a focus on love is a compellingly right way to walk into Lent. Obviously I’m not talking about romantic love, at least the way Valentine’s Day is celebrated in our world. Romantic love is a great gift, when accompanied by commitment to guard and nurture the beauty and holiness of God-given covenantal marriage. Affection and love in families and between friends is also a good and godly gift. I still remember the little paper Valentines my mother gave us kids, or that we exchanged in elementary school. No harm, no foul, good fun. But that’s not the call to love that Lent offers.

The Ordination of Derek Roberts, and a New Church Plant in Charleston, WV

West Virginia is not the first place that most people think of when considering opportunities to plant a church. It is even less likely that it would come up as a place that it would make sense to plant Anglican Churches. It might come up in a conversation about places that need the Gospel, but never as a place that would make sense to plant churches based on a demographic study. Knowing all of this, about a year ago God began to call me to this place and build a vision for what might even become more Anglican Churches in the state of West Virginia. It seemed crazy at the time with only two Anglican Churches in the entire state, but in the boldness that only comes through youthful naïveté, m

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