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Worship: July 5

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Due to concerns related to COVID-19, we will worship online until further notice.

Streaming channel options for Sunday, July 5:

Schedule and bulletins for Sunday, July 5:  
Stream begins at 8:50 a.m. with an organ prelude, service begins at 9:00. Canon Schneider will preach on July 5.  

The Dean’s Class will begin immediately following the video stream of the 9:00 a.m. service. Please stay tuned to watch this class. 

Click here to listen to previously recorded sermons and classes.

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Dean’s Bulletin Board 05.31.2020

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This is a great encouragement to me.  I will be writing my next Adventurer word on this, but here, I would just like to say what my friend, the Rev’d Kathryn Harlow said:  “This is a collaboration of lots of UK churches, coming together to sing a Blessing—it’s straight out of the Bible.  Have a listen.  It’s God’s word to us today, and the message of hope we have.  

Church buildings might be closed but the The Church is very much active and alive.”
 
Have a listen and be blessed!
 

Dean’s Bulletin Board 05.03.2020

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This is a great encouragement to me.  I will be writing my next Adventurer word on this, but here, I would just like to say what my friend, the Rev’d Kathryn Harlow said:  “This is a collaboration of lots of UK churches, coming together to sing a Blessing—it’s straight out of the Bible.  Have a listen.  It’s God’s word to us today, and the message of hope we have.  

Church buildings might be closed but the The Church is very much active and alive.”
 
Have a listen and be blessed!
 

Dean’s Bulletin Board 04.11.2020

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Not a day goes by during this pandemic that I don’t give thanks for Phillip Jensen, Tony Payne, and Col Marshall (see this recent article about their work on The Gospel Coalition website).  The Trellis and the Vine has been invaluable to the Advent in seeing that we were well positioned for COVID-19.  It was our hope to implement this kind of ministry in normal time, but God has seen fit to expedite things.  Click here to read about our Shepherds Ministry.  

When Phillip was with us four years ago, I received some negative feedback about his preaching and diagnosis of our ministry.  As hard was it was for me to hear, he was right.  Perhaps those who naysayed him then have now joined me in receiving the wisdom he imparted, albeit with some difficulty. 

Tony and Col wrote the book in light of working with Phillip.  As he doesn’t care to write books, the two of them simply wrote down what they saw Phillip do at St. Matthias and Uni churches in Sydney.  God bless them for it.  

If you haven’d read it yet, get your copy of The Trellis and the Vine at matthiasmedia.com.  
 

Dean’s Bulletin Board 04.01.2020

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This is, by far, the best piece that I have read from our Presiding Bishop.  Maybe the best from the last 30 years!  

 
Bishop Curry articulates an understanding of Anglican eucharistic theology that the vast majority of Episcopal clergy do not hold.  He is right biblically and historically, ‘whatever men may say.’  (I would, of course, take exception to the insistence on having Holy Communion for every gathering).  As the bishop points out, ‘few would suggest that the experience of Morning Prayer somehow limited God’s presence and love to generations of Anglican Christians.’  This is certainly our experience here and now at the Advent.  
 

Update: April Plans

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Dear Adventers,

 

Bishop Sloan released a statement on March 23 in which he provided the pastoral guidance that we suspend corporate worship and other gatherings until May 1.  As hard a decision as this is, I believe it to be the right one.  

This means that we will not be able to gather together for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, or Easter, and our Lenten Lunches ministry will not resume in 2020 (Lenten Preaching sermons will continue to broadcast every weekday through the end of the season).  Your communications team and clergy are working hard to ensure that these services continue and will be available to you via our website and other platforms.  

 

Ministry has changed, not ceased.  To that end, we are going to have to change the way we do things at the Advent.  As much a blessing as livestreaming our 9:00 meeting and Dean’s Class is, it is not enough.  And so, we are making the necessary adjustments to communicate the gospel to you in these extraordinary times.  What will this look like?

 

Some years ago, I read a book called The Trellis and the Vine that asked, prophetically, what a church would do if all Sunday gatherings and weekday activities were suspended.  The book’s authors, Tony Payne and Colin Marshall, sought to encourage churches to think beyond a service-oriented model to one that puts a premium on one-to-one discipleship and speaking God’s word directly to one another.  In a word, a New Testament model for ministry.  

 

Over the past few years, the Advent has attempted to respond to this call, equipping our folks to minister the gospel wherever God has placed them.  As such, in light of the cancellation of any public gatherings, the Advent has an advantage over many other churches, but necessity requires that we accelerate the implementation of this type of ministry.

 

To that end, the Advent will be adopting a different pattern of doing church in order to better minister to one another. We are forming a team of 100 Shepherds who will be responsible for pastoring a smaller Flock of Adventers.  As a Shepherd, they will be the pastoral point person for your flock.  They will exercise a “word ministry” to you by calling you, praying with you, sharing God’s word with you, and leading you.  

 

Beyond the 100 Shepherds, we are setting aside 10 Superintendents to each minister to their own group of 10 Shepherds.  In turn, the clergy will be ministering to the Superintendents, as well as handling any unusual issues that may arise.  This does not mean you will not have access to the clergy; it simply means that in these times, we have to function differently as a church.  

 

Craig Smalley, Bethany Rushing, and Katherine Jacob will serve as leaders of our Servant Ministry.  They will handle all “mercy ministries,” as needs of the Flocks arise that may be beyond the capability of the individual Shepherds. In addition, the Servants will be the folks to talk to if someone wants to volunteer to help others who are particularly vulnerable (i.e. grocery runs, yard work, etc.). Please continue watching this space for details as this ministry continues to develop and send us an email if you have any questions. 

 

Brothers and sisters, this is a Kairos moment: a moment of decision where God has opened an extraordinary door.  God, give us the courage to walk through it, that your people would grow deeper in their understanding of who they are in you and that those who do not know you would come to know you.  

 

Now is not the time for trepidation. It is God’s will that we are called here, “for such a time as this,” and we respond to him by seeking his face, walking in his ways, and doing what he has called us to do.    

 

Jesus is on his throne, the Lord of Hosts (heavenly Armies). Let us respond with confidence to his call upon us: “with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” and taking up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” For he is on our side, and no weapon formed against us shall prosper.  

 

I join you in this gospel fight,

Andrew

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