Saint Patrick's Church Schola

Lenten 2006 Class -- Classical Spiritual Disciplines

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension. On that day we celebrate the ascension of our Lord and his exaltation at the right hand of the Father as our King and High Priest. For years I never gave much thought to the ascension, but in the last few years I have been helped to see how important that event was. Because of Christ's ascension we can confidently access the Father (Heb 4:16).

This last Sunday we focused on the Ascension. After the sermon we had a time of open reflection. Only one person responded. He quoted an 18th Century Anglican Priest - Charles Wesley:

Arise My Soul Arise
1. Arise my soul arise, shake off your guilty fears the bleeding sacrifice, in my behalf appears Before the throne my Surety stands. Before the throne my Surety stands. My name is written on His hands

C. Arise, Arise, Arise Arise, my soul, arise. Arise, Arise, Arise Arise, my soul, arise. Shake off your guilty fears and rise

2. He ever lives above, for me to intercede his all-redeeming love, His precious blood to plead His blood atones for every race His blood atones for every race And sprinkles now the throne of grace

3. Five bleeding wounds he bears, received on Calvary they pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me. Forgive him, O forgive, they cry. Forgive her, O forgive, they cry. Nor let that ransomed sinner die.

4. My God is reconciled, His pard’ning voice I hear he owns me for His child, I can no longer fear. With confidence I now draw nigh. With confidence I now draw nigh. And Father, Abba, Father cry.

Good words to ponder!!


Thursday, May 13, 2004

On Sunday May 9 we received an offering for the constructing of a seminary for the Anglican Church of Rwanda. For the last ten years that church (along with other Christian communities) has been working hard at recovery and restoration in the aftermath of the 1994 massacres. Right now they do not have a seminary. They are in dire need of resources for training the leadership they currently have and raising up more leaders. The Anglican Mission (our denomination) set a goal of raising $100,000 to fund this project. Saint Pat's decided to embrace 1% of the project ($1000.00). For a brand new church plant this is a lot of money! Well, after all the monies were received, our grand total received was $1200.00. Wow!! What a generous community.

We dream of being a "glocal" church. That strange word is an attempt to capture our heart of being serious about mission in our own locality and serious about mission to the ends of the earth. We are just beginning as a community, but our dream is that even now we would have a vision as big as God's heart - to see the good news of the Kingdom reach the ends of the earth.