Friday, June 6, 2014

Redeemer Anglican website

Greetings world,

Redeemer Anglican now has it's own website. It's a work in progress. 

http://redeemeranglican1.wix.com/redeemer-anglican

You can also find us by going to the ACNA web page in the sidebar and clicking on find a local parish.

Blessings and love,

Fr. John 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cancellation this week Redeemer Anglican mission

Greetings world,

We will soon gather at Redeemer Anglican mission Bentonville to kick off our launch with dinner followed by a celebration of Holy Eucharist. 

We originally planned on gathering June 4th but due to a scheduling conflict that will no longer be possible. 


Rest assured we will be securing space very soon and will update you all as soon as possible.

In the meantime please feel free to join us every Wednesday night at 6:30pm for dinner, prayer & study. And every Sunday at 10am for Holy Eucharist at our mother church St Gabriel's in Springdale.

Come and help us spread our Lords life changing Gospel.


We look forward to seeing you all as we launch this exciting ministry to bring the transforming love of Jesus Christ to NW Arkansas!


Please join us in praying for the missionaries.

Blessings and love,

Fr. John+


Monday, May 26, 2014

Father John finally has his own Podcast

Greetings world,



Well thanks to a brother priest Fr Casey Jones, I now have my very own Podcast channel.

Please click here to view it http://fatherjohnslavin.podomatic.com

I intend to update this weekly with sermons and other good stuff as time permits. In the future you can find this podcast link by clicking in the sidebar of the blog under "Subscribe to my Podcast" banner.

Look forward to hearing feedback!

Blessings and love,

Fr. John

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Anglican Church in North America has a new catechism.


To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism

 


The Catechism was unanimously approved for trial use by the College of Bishops on January 8th, 2014. Over the next two years the Task Force will be receiving feedback and passing it on to the College of Bishops to further refine this resource. You can make a recommendation to the Task Force by sending an email to:catechesistaskforce@anglicanchurch.net

This catechism (a text used for instruction of Christian disciples) is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican catechetical practice. It presents the essential building blocks of classic catechetical instruction: the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of the Gospel. Each section is presented in the question-and-answer form that became standard in the sixteenth-century because of its proven effectiveness. Each section is also set out with its practical implications, together with biblical references.

You can download free PDF copies here .... http://anglicanchurch.net/?/main/catechism

And you can pre order a nice leather edition pictured above from amazon ... http://www.amazon.com/To-Be-Christian-Anglican-Catechism/dp/0986044121/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400912315&sr=8-1&keywords=Acna+Anglican

This is an excellent resource for teaching the faith and I highly recommend it!

Blessings and love 

John+

Bishop Jack Iker visits St. Gabriel's

Greetings world,

Last Sunday we had the great privilege of having our annual episcopal visitation from our very own Bishop Jack Iker.

Bishop confirmed one young member, recieved four new members and witnessed the reaffirmation of several others. I also reaffirmed my priestly vows to the bishop.

Afterwards we had a fabulous time in fellowship and took the bishop to the sight of our new mission church on the Bentonville square. He is very excited about the prospects for the new mission.

Its a very exciting time to be an Anglican in NW Arkansas!

Blessings and love,

John+





Springdale, Arkansas, church is site of first Rachel Memorial




Fr. John Slavin prayed over the marker and blessed it. Linda Wohleber, representing the foundation, spoke to the congregation about the memorial’s significance.
The plaque is the first pro-life memorial in northwest Arkansas, and the first of its kind for the organization, which has been seeking spaces to dedicate as memorial gardens to unborn children. It reads: “In Remembrance. Between the years of 1973 and 2013, over 20,000 souls were lost to abortion in Washington County, Arkansas. Each of these children is lost to the world, but known to God.” Below this is Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”
Taylor Wohleber Yoes, Linda’s daughter, helped her unveil the plaque. Taylor is a member of St. Gabriel’s, which is a mission station in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Linda belongs to the Presbyterian   church. She expressed gratitude to Fr. Slavin for volunteering to set aside the memorial garden, since the foundation’s efforts elsewhere had been unsuccessful so far. But since St. Gabriel’s had agreed – even before the formal dedication on May 11 – other churches had begun to express interest, Linda said.
“Many others are following your lead now. There are quite a few churches that want to place memorials, and an organization in Little Rock has asked us to partner in placing a garden next to an old abortion facility. So we are achieving our goals, and we are very thankful that it is largely because you all invited us here. You are being the Church.”
Once the blessing was complete, members of the congregation stepped forward to lay flowers at the base of the marker.
The little service closed with the singing of “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” again accompanied by 12-year-old Anya Jacobs on the flute.
This was the prayer used by Fr. Slavin:
Prayer of Blessing over Memorial for the Unborn
Father of Life and Love, we thank you today that you have called us to share in the life of the one human family. We thank you for all our brothers and sisters, and ask You to deepen the bonds of love among us.
We thank you especially for our youngest and smallest brothers and sisters, those in the womb. Today, Oh Lord, we remember them, while so many choose to ignore and forget them. We remember those who are living, and commend them to Your protection. We remember those who have died and we commend them to Your mercy.
Father, we dedicate to You this memorial. We pray that it will serve as a witness to the humanity of our youngest brothers and sisters. We pray that it will serve as a testimony that we are responsible for them. We pray that it will provide a place where those who have lost their children may mourn and find comfort.
We pray, Father, that we who are the living stones of the Church, may likewise be witnesses to the dignity of life. Give us the grace to confront the evil of abortion and eliminate it. May we see the day when all people who look upon this memorial will remember abortion only as a thing of the past, and may praise You forever for the victory of life.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
And may the blessing of Almighty God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit descend upon this memorial and remain with it now and always.
Amen.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Praying With Paul For Our Church Planters

There is a great blog post on the Anglican 1000 Blog. I am reposting it here with the hope you will all join me in praying for our plants and their planters.

Fr. John






In many of Paul’s letters he asked for the people of the church to pray for him and his endeavors for Christ. Just like in the 1st century, church planting today is extremely difficult work that needs to be supported by our prayers. Let’s look at some of Paul’s specific requests to see examples of the ways we can be praying for our planters as well.
Open Doors
Colossians 4:3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…
Paul prayed that God would provide open doors for the work of planting and the message of Christ. Pray for divine appointments for our planters that they can make the proper relationships and connections to gain traction in their mission fields. Just knowing where to start can be daunting. Pray that God will provide opportunities for sharing the Gospel and the work of the church.
Words
Ephesians 6:19 “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…”
Paul asks for prayers that God would give him words to proclaim the Gospel. He specifically asks that God would allow him to speak 1. Fearlessly (Eph 6:20) and 2. Clearly (Col 4:4). Let us pray for our planters that both in the formal preaching of the Word of God in worship services and in every conversation that they have throughout the day that God will guide and guard their words. Pray that they can be fearless and clear.
Fruitfulness
2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
The purpose of church planting is the proliferation of the Gospel. Paul asked that the Thessalonians pray that his message would “spread rapidly” and “be honored.” Church planting is about the multiplication of faith communities that know and teach the message of the crucified and risen Christ. Of course there are strategies and structures that are helpful in doing the work, but ultimately, it is God who brings the growth (Acts 2:471 Cor 3:6). Pray that God would bless the labor of our planters and make it fruitful.
Deliverance
2 Thessalonians 3:2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.
Paul knew something about the work of evil men (see Acts 14:19-202 Tim. 4:14) and he asked the Thessalonians to pray for his deliverance from them. If you are a church planting you too know something of evil men. Church planting is difficult work, fraught with conflict both worldly and spiritually. As you pray for our church planters, pray that they may be protected from those who would oppose them and that they would be rescued in times of deep struggle.
Manner of Life
Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.
Whether it was Paul, or Apollos, or someone else who wrote Hebrews, the author has a lot to say about leaders in the church. In this passage, he asks the people to pray for their manner of life. There are many temptations in the work of church planting that could cause the planter to act (or react) in a manner contrary to the Gospel. Add to that the physical and spiritual exhaustion that often comes with the work and you have what amounts to a spark in the powder room (as in powder for guns, not noses). Pray that they may be pursuing righteousness and that they may “live honorably in every way.” Pray that when they don’t, that they will have the humility to both repent and forgive. Pray for their conduct and Christian witness.
Just Pray
1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brothers, pray for us.
Paul is not always specific about what he needs prayer for, but he always exhorts the people to pray. There are so many things reasons to intercede for our planters that no list can be exhaustive. Pray for their souls, marriages, provision, encouragement, wisdom, preaching, prayer life, friendships, children, etc. etc. etc. Please, just pray for our church planters in whatever way the Spirit leads you. They need you.
What do you think: What are your thoughts on the importance of prayer in church planting?Forward in Faith North America Hosts Annual Conference with Open ArmsJuly 16, 2012 4:01 PMOne of the hallmarks of the Anglican Church in North America is our breadth of orthodox theology as well as methodological diversity.