Lenten Reflections: Teaching Us to Wait

By Katy Monwai, parishioner at St. Bartholomew’s, Dallas, TX This Lent, we at St. Bartholomew’s mourn the loss of our dear friend Nelson Koscheski. He was a retired priest who lived a crazy and full life, and my husband, Brian, and I had the privilege of knowing him and his patient wife, Judy, during the past five years in pastorate. He had uncommon depth. We knew him as a contemplative intellectual who spent his time painting icons, writing poetry and regaling us with stories of his life and of God’s unending faithfulness. […]

April 8th, 2019|Church Calendar|

Identity, Authority and Accountability

By Bryan+ Patrick Let’s begin by doing something that our beloved Bishop Chuck used to do all the time: Let’s throw a skunk on the table. My guess is that most of us reading this blog have not taken the time to read the new constitution for our mission society and, unless someone twists your [...]

March 28th, 2019|Leadership, News Around the Mission|

Lenten Reflections: A Place to Be Still

By Anne Ciccoline, Parishioner and Aspirant at Four Winds Anglican Mission, Columbia, TN My life is busy, with many, many things always clamoring for my attention. Many roles and responsibilities place demands on my time and energy. Many voices require listening and response. As I’ve sought to enter into the season of Lent, observing the traditions of self-examination and repentance—by prayer, fasting and self-denial, and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word—I’ve found that the noise in my own head and heart gets in the way. […]

March 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The AMiA Considers a New Constitution

By Rob Shafer, member of the AMiA Board of Directors At the General Assembly held in Dallas in September 2018, a supermajority of the delegates considered a new constitution for the Anglican Mission. Members and friends of the Anglican Mission may well ask, “Why was this important, and what does it accomplish?” […]

March 21st, 2019|News Around the Mission|

Lent Reflections: Baring the Soil of My Soul

By Rachel Hunt, a parishioner at St. Andrew’s Little Rock I am a dirty, messy, broken girl. As we approach Lent, I examine myself. I am unable to deny that I am a dirty saint, a messy image-bearer, a broken disciple. This would be troubling if not for the gospel of grace that wipes away the dirt, cleans up the mess and smooths the sharp places of my broken edges. […]

March 14th, 2019|Church Calendar|

Lent Reflections: Preparation for Celebration

By Lauren Balfour, parishioner at Grace Northridge Church in San Antonio, Texas Lent is a season to remember what is and is not truly ours through the act of fasting. Time, resources, pleasures, favorite foods or drinks—any of these, the Holy Spirit may nudge us to fast from. For a few years now, my fast has been from social media. I’m not an active contributor to Facebook or Instagram, but I do seem to love whiling away time scrolling, using my phone to stave off boredom or loneliness or impatience. When I fast from social media, I realize how little control I have over time. Without social media, in the empty moments of waiting that are a part of daily life, I just have to be patient and be in my own thoughts. Suddenly I find myself more available to open my Bible app or to say a short prayer when a friend comes to mind. It is not that social media is innately harmful; it’s that my flesh loves entertainment and the enemy loves distraction. Sometimes doing what’s not quite right is just as detrimental as doing what is wrong. […]

March 11th, 2019|Church Calendar|

Experiencing the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit day or weekend retreat has always been a high point in the life of churches where I have served. Although it is part of the Alpha program, all Alpha participants for that season and all of our parishioners are encouraged to come and to bring friends. Because we seem to find so little teaching on the role of the power of the Holy Spirit in the church today, we try to make it as available as possible. […]

March 7th, 2019|alpha|

Lent Reflections: A Season of Honesty

By Kayla Mendoza, parishioner at Gathering Midtown, San Antonio I feel lead to begin by describing shortly what Lent is. So, what is it, and why do we celebrate it? Lent is the 40 days leading into the Easter season. It is a holy time of self-examination, a true reflection of where we are and a time of turning back to our Father. It’s a time of sobering oneself, and one of alignment with God. In short, Lent is a season of honesty. […]

March 5th, 2019|Church Calendar|

Seeking our Father this Lent

Lent begins next week, and so we begin a series of a blogs to help us prepare for and experience the season in deeper ways. By Robert+ Cook, Rector, St. Andrew’s Little Rock I stand in awe of how the Lord continues to reveal himself to us. He is a Father who reveals himself most clearly through his Word, but who also speaks to us as a loving Father to his children to encourage us, to lift us up and to console us. Last fall, Bishop Dan Scott visited St. Andrew Church for confirmations. As +Dan prayed over those who came to be confirmed, I watched tears flow down cheeks as he spoke prophetic words to them, each specific to the individual. Where were the tears from? The Father had spoken through +Dan to his sons and daughters to encourage them, to lift them up in their journeys, to renew and restore hope that he knew them and cared deeply about what was going on in their lives. […]

February 28th, 2019|Church Calendar, Church Life, Spiritual growth|

Alpha: A Tool for Transformation

By David+ Larlee, Vicar of All Saints Dallas From the inner city of Detroit to the Colorado Rockies, to trailer parks in North Texas to the frozen plains of the Midwest, 1,100 church leaders recently gathered together at the 2019 Alpha Conference to seek the Lord and his Kingdom. These leaders were as diverse as possible in terms of their ethnic, economic and denominational backgrounds. We met to worship, learn from one another and pray for each other. Catholics, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals and many others—we were all together praying for the renewal and transformation of our society. […]

February 21st, 2019|alpha, Evangelism and Outreach|