Posts in the Thoughts and Reflections Category

Reflections on the ACNA Assembly

Posted onJuly 31, 2017 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Yes, you’ve heard it correctly: All Saints was the largest church represented at the ACNA’s Provincial Assembly this past June! Absolutely incredible! But even more importantly, together we were exposed to and inspired by the missional impulse that is alive and well in the Anglican Communion worldwide. Anglicanism, at its best, strives to reach the world with the transforming love of Jesus Christ....Keep Reading

Our Anglican Tradition

Posted onMay 3, 2017 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Whether you’re new to the Anglican way or you’re familiar with it, exploring the richness of our liturgy and tradition is invaluable to our shared life with God. The way we practice our script when we gather each Sunday, that is, the way we worship, deeply forms us to be a people who then live out that script in and for the world the rest of the week. That’s why it’s important for us to stop from time to time and give attention to what we’re doing when worship together....Keep Reading

The Story of St. Francis

Posted onOctober 4, 2016 | by: Brian Larsen Wells | 0 comments

The man who would become St. Francis was born the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in the city of Assisi. When the boy was born, his mother asked that the he be named Giovanni, after John the Baptist, for she had great hopes that her son would grow to become a man of God, perhaps even a priest. The boy's father wanted nothing to do with such religious nonsense. He defied his wife and had the boy named Francesco, which means "free one."...Keep Reading

Growth Stewardship and the Mission of All Saints

Posted onMay 2, 2016 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

As God continues to bless All Saints with more people, no doubt you've felt our walls close in a bit tighter. Our church is full of life, but it's also feeling a bit cramped! Such growth is exciting to be a part of, no doubt, but it can also raise some unsettling questions: How much longer can we all fit in here? How will this growth affect who we are as a church? Will I ever get to know these new faces? ...Keep Reading

St. Patrick's Day

Posted onMarch 14, 2016 | 0 comments

In the more solemn season of Lent, St. Patrick's Day breaks our small acts of self-denial with a day of celebration. St. Patrick's Day is often equated with Irish heritage parades, shamrocks, leprechauns, and beer. Recently, Benjamin, my six-year-old, asked me, "What's the day people pinch you if you don't wear green?" Here's a little bit about the life of St. Patrick that might help us turn St. Patrick's Day 2016 from a holiday to a Holy Day. ...Keep Reading

Waiting for the Light

Posted onDecember 1, 2015 | by: Donald Jordan | 0 comments

Nearly two years ago, Debbi Wagner and I sat chatting about the wholeness of the Anglican worship tradition. The way our bodies and senses and spirits get wrapped up in the music, and the reading, and the sights and smells. ...Keep Reading

Anglican Symposium on the Family

Posted onNovember 9, 2015 | by: Brian Larsen Wells | 0 comments

I recently returned from the Anglican Symposium on the Family, a three-day meeting of clergy and laity to discuss the ever-changing landscape of family ministry and congregational life. While many denominations within the greater Christian Church continue to operate in seemingly outdated and irrelevant models, the Anglican Church in North America is actively seeking to address modern cultural concerns and to educate church leaders about the needs that arise in post-millennial society. We should note, for instance, that we exist in an education-rich, relationship- poor culture, that is one in which access to information is readily available but within which it is difficult to develop meaningful, long-lasting friendships. People feel alienated from one another, they feel too busy to engage with others, and they are often too distracted to realize how much they need one another....Keep Reading

Votive Candle Stand

Posted onAugust 24, 2015 | by: Brian Larsen Wells | 0 comments

Fr. Wes has brought a challenge to All Saints, a challenge for each of us to participate individually in God so that we can together participate with God in the building of his kingdom, to focus as a congregation on developing inwardly our spiritual discipline in order that we can also as a congregation minister effectively outwardly in the world around us. ...Keep Reading

Harley Blessing

Posted onAugust 3, 2015 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Even Harleys need a blessing! After church on Sunday, July 19, I had the privilege of gathering with a small group around the Harley of Ed Whiting and Ramona Sparks to ask for God's continued favor and protection over the motorcycle and its riders. This is but another reminder that we're in desperate need of God in the everyday moments of life. God can certainly be found in the riding of a Harley, and so acknowledge that together, and pray these words to God....Keep Reading

What Does Manufacturing Have to Do with the Kingdom of God?

Posted onJune 22, 2015 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Have you ever visited a manufacturing company? Maybe you've watched a few of those Made in America shows on the Travel Channel, the one where "Cliff" from Cheers (John Ratzenberger) visits various American manufacturers and takes the viewers on a mind-boggling tour showing step-by-step how everyday items are made. Cool stuff, but I promise you it's not nearly as cool as getting your own personal tour of such a place!...Keep Reading

Serving Women in Need

Posted onApril 26, 2015 | by: Judy Rose | 0 comments

I have had the privilege of volunteering at Birth Choice for the past 8 1?2 years, first as a client advocate and most recently as a prenatal/ parenting class teacher. Every day that I meet with clients is a blessing for me. It's always exciting to see how God is working in every single aspect of our ministry. Some of my most gratifying experiences have been with young women who walk in without appointments. A couple of those were abortion-minded women, but each one changed her mind when she learned that her baby had a heartbeat as early as three to five weeks. These women were also given the opportunity to see their babies on untra-sound. The young ladies might not have been on my schedule, but they most certainly were on God's!...Keep Reading

Reflections on Our New Community Garden

Posted onApril 23, 2015 | by: David Knack | 0 comments

On Saturday, March 21, there was a flurry of activity on what was once a sand volleyball court. About twenty-five people worked together to build six raised garden beds. Little hands hoisted tiny shovels full of rich soil into cedar boxes. A team practiced the art of measure twice (or maybe five times) cut once. One man made what seemed like dozens of trips to the hardware store for extra supplies. Altogether, a group of people representing a wide variety of ages not only built garden beds and filled them with dirt, they also laughed and played together....Keep Reading

When Community Breaks Down

Posted onDecember 15, 2014 | by: Ali Holcomb | 0 comments

October was domestic violence awareness month. Last semester, I had the privilege of interning at WRAP (Women’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program), and I met some incredible survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Every survivor I met would tell me their story, and I would ask what made them decide to leave. The most common story would involve their realization that the abuse would not stop. The second most common story would begin when they left their church....Keep Reading

The ACNA and the Anglican Communion

Posted onOctober 16, 2014 | by: Bishop Bill Atwood | 0 comments

A Communion is a relational network of churches and people who are “in Communion.” What that means in the literal sense is that they have Eucharistic fellowship, in other words, they have Holy Communion together. In the case of Anglicanism, it has been expanded to include a number of institutional protocols (like the transfer of clergy), but the heart of the arrangement is the ability to share Holy Communion. ...Keep Reading

But What about Baptism?

Posted onSeptember 4, 2014 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

"But what about baptism?" This is a common question asked by those from the believer's baptism tradition who are curious and interested in moving toward Anglicanism. With all the appeal Anglicanism offers, this can easily become the primary issue one has to work through to finally make it down the Canterbury Trail. Here are a few thoughts on the matter that may help get you there....Keep Reading

Bishop Atwood Reflects on Assembly

Posted onJuly 3, 2014 | by: Bishop Bill Atwood | 0 comments

Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire And lighten with celestial fire These ancient words of the Veni Creator were said and sung many times over the three days that the Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America met in conclave. As the church waited, the bishops met over three full days to discern who the next Archbishop would be....Keep Reading

More Than "I Believe"

Posted onApril 21, 2014 | 0 comments

The creeds tell us what we believe, but Christianity is more than what we believe. Here is how Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, J. R. Daniel Kirk, reworks our creedal statement. For more, he blogs at Storied Theology....Keep Reading

Praying with Great Expectations

Posted onDecember 11, 2013 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

For the Christian, gathering together for prayer is fitting. On the one hand, we are bringing our sickness and our depression and our pain altogether to one place, to groan with the rest the world trapped in its disease and death, waiting and hoping, in the spirit of Advent, that one day, surely, one day these conditions will finally change for good....Keep Reading

Heavenly Minded but No Earthly Good

Posted onSeptember 14, 2013 | by: Bishop Bill Atwood | 0 comments

In current pop culture, decisions are often made without reference to consequences which will ultimately come as a result of the decision. There is a great deal of momentum to live "in the moment." While that may have a certain rainbow and roses appeal, it violates a core Biblical principle: Whatsoever you sow, you shall reap." Sadly, even unwanted and unforeseen consequences will come....Keep Reading

The Sacraments and the Mission of the Church

Posted onSeptember 13, 2013 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

What do the sacraments have to do with the mission of the church? At first glance, very little. Sacraments are ritualistic, confined within the walls of a church building on any given Sunday morning. The mission of the church is what happens afterwards, as we “go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.” We gather for the sacraments; we are sent into the world for mission....Keep Reading