Lent Has Begun!

Lent is a church season that gives us an opportunity to prepare for Easter. We will appreciate Jesus’ Resurrection more fully if we first ponder our situation without Jesus, oppressed by sin, evil, and death. There is nothing we can do about that situation by ourselves. It took God’s action in Jesus to address the problem. 

Many people think about Lent as a time to give something up. That can be helpful if it keeps us focused on Jesus. But don’t think that by avoiding chocolate you can somehow earn God’s favor. God’s favor is a free gift that can never be deserved. By all means give something up if it helps you increase your love for God, but don’t think that it will make God love you. God already loves you! He gave his son Jesus to live and die to save you.

Another approach for Lent is to take on something new. Try daily prayers. Go to church regularly. At St. Barnabas, you can participate in our weekly class on St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. That will be on Tuesday evenings. This will be a zoom Bible study on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m.. If you’re interested, email us at saintbarnabasanglican@outlook.com We’ll send you a link to attend the course. Our first session begins on Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

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Experiencing Saturday as a sacred day

He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied.1

Jesus … said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.2 He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.3

This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.4 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which be purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.5 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.6

After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.7 Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.8

(Bagster’s Daily Light – KJV)


1Isa 53:11; 2Joh 19:30; 32Co 5:21; 4Isa 43:21; 5Eph 3:10,11; 6Eph 2:7; 7Eph 1:13,14; 81Pe 2:9;

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Zoom

Zoom in to our virtual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 pm.  Whip up your best batter, grill them to perfection and bring them to our zoom meeting!  Be prepared to virtually share your stack!  This gathering will be fun with memories from the past.

Empty your larders and join your church family for this last celebration before Lent. 

Remember Ash Wednesday begins Wednesday, February 17th, with services at Noon and 6:30 pm with an imposition of ashes.

Lent Schedule

February Calendar

Tuesday, February 16th, 6:30 pm

Shrove Tuesday Virtual Zoom Pancake Dinner

Wednesday, February 17th,  Noon and 6:30 pm @ St. Barnabas

Ash Wednesday

Noon Service of Imposition of Ashes

 6:30 pm Imposition of Ashes

Tuesdays of Lent, 7:00 pm – Zoom Meeting

Discipleship/Explored – Bible Study

Handbook Provided

If you have not received an invitation, send an email to: saintbarnabasanglican@outlook.com

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A Quiet Hero of the Faith – Rev. Thomas Bray

Thomas Bray – Priest and Missionary, 1730

In 1696, Thomas Bray, an English country parson, was invited by the Bishop of London to be responsible for the oversight of Church work in the colony of Maryland. Three years later, as the Bishop’s Commissary, he sailed to America for his first, and only, visitation. Though he spent only two and a half months in Maryland, Bray was deeply concerned about the neglected state of the American churches, and the great need for the education of clergymen, lay people, and children. At a general visitation of the clergy at Annapolis, before his return to England, he emphasized the need for the instruction of children, and insisted that no clergyman be given a charge unless he had a good report from the ship he came over in, “whether . . . he gave no matter of scandal, and whether he did constantly read prayers twice a day and catechize and preach on Sundays, which, notwithstanding the common excuses, I know can be done by a minister of any zeal for religion.” His understanding of, and concern for, Native Americans and Blacks were far ahead of his time. He founded thirty-nine lending libraries in America, as well as numerous schools. He raised money for missionary work and influenced young English priests to go to America.

Bray tried hard to have a bishop consecrated for America, but failed (See Samuel Seabury for that chapter). His greatest contributions were the founding of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, both of which are still effectively in operation after two and a half centuries of work all over the world. Some scholars would also note that Bray greatly influenced what would become the Postal Service in America, championed by Benjamin Franklin.

From 1706 to 1730, Bray was the rector of St. Botolph Without, Aldgate, London, where, until his death at the age of 72, he served with energy and devotion, while continuing his efforts on behalf of Black slaves in America, and in the founding of parochial libraries.

When the deplorable condition of English prisons was brought to Bray’s attention, he set to work to influence public opinion and to raise funds to alleviate the misery of the inmates. He organized Sunday “Beef and Beer” dinners in prisons, and advanced proposals for prison reform. It was Thomas Bray who first suggested to General Oglethorpe the idea of founding a humanitarian colony for the relief of honest debtors, but he died before the Georgia colony became a reality.*

Let us pray:

O God of compassion, who didst open the eyes of thy servant Thomas Bray to see the needs of the Church in the New World, and didst lead him to found societies to meet those needs: Make the Church in this land diligent at all times to propagate the Gospel among those who have not received it, and to promote the spread of Christian knowledge; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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*Church Publishing. Lesser Feasts and Fasts (Kindle Locations 3319-3349). Church Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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Church closed – Zoom Open

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

For the health and safety of our parishioners and due to the snowstorm, St. Barnabas will not be open for Sunday services this Sunday, February 14th, 2021.  However, we will be offering a Zoom morning prayer service at 10:00 am.

We have weathered the pandemic, we will face the storm, and we will remain faithful by worshipping our incarnate, crucified, and risen Lord.  Please join us if you are able.

If you don’t receive an email invite, send a request to http://www.saintbarnabasanglican@outlook.com

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Life with God

From Psalm 105:

Give thanks unto the Lord and call upon his Name; tell the peoples what things he has done.

O let your songs be of him, and praise him, and let your speech be of all his wondrous works.

Rejoice in his holy Name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face evermore.

Do you notice a theme here? It is a focus on God above all else. We are made to live forever with God. Life with God is better than anything we can imagine. The most significant event in the history of the world, after God’s creation of it, was the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, God’s only son.

How do we focus on God and celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus? That is a timely question. Next Wednesday, February 17, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is a 40-day season preparing us for Holy Week, culminating in Easter, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection. What can we do in Lent to prepare for Holy Week? Focus on God. Some people find it helpful to give something up (chocolate, meat, surfing the internet) if it reminds them to think about God. Others take on new things (contributing to a food bank, reading the Bible, participating in daily prayer). The Anglican tradition provides various forms of daily prayers and Bible readings to help you move closer to God. This is called the “daily office.” You can find one version of the daily office at:

http://www.dailyoffice2019.com

This is a good time to learn more about God. The daily office will introduce you to a typically Anglican approach to doing that. And please join us on Sundays at 10 am.

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The Martyrs of Japan -1597

The introduction of Christianity into Japan in the sixteenth century, first by the Jesuits under Francis Xavier, and then by the Franciscans, has left exciting records of heroism and self-sacrifice in the annals of Christian missionary endeavor. It has been estimated that by the end of that century there were about 300,000 baptized believers in Japan.

Unfortunately, these initial successes were compromised by rivalries among the religious orders; and the interplay of colonial politics, both within Japan and between Japan and the Spanish and Portuguese, aroused suspicion about western intentions of conquest. After a half century of ambiguous support by some of the powerful Tokugawa shoguns, the Christian enterprise suffered cruel persecution and suppression.

The first victims were six Franciscan friars and twenty of their converts who were crucified at Nagasaki, February 5, 1597. By 1630, what was left of Christianity in Japan was driven underground. Yet it is remarkable that two hundred and fifty years later there were found many men and women, without priests, who had preserved through the generations a vestige of Christian faith.*

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*Church Publishing. Lesser Feasts and Fasts (Kindle Locations 3240-3249). Church Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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The Conversion of St. Paul

Today (January 25) we remember the conversion of St. Paul. His original name was Saul and he was a zealous student of Jewish law. Like many of his teachers, he was bitterly opposed to the new movement that followed the teachings of Jesus (called at first “the Way” and later the “Christian” movement). He worked with the Jewish authorities to arrest members of this movement as heretics who (falsely in his view) acclaimed Jesus as the Messiah and said that he had risen from the dead. Saul got authority to expand his work from Jerusalem to Damascus. On the way, he was struck blind and heard a voice saying, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” This must have been a staggering encounter for someone who was making it his business to arrest anyone who said Jesus was still alive. Following Jesus’ directions, Saul allowed himself to be led into Damascus, where he remained blind and took no food or drink for three days. Then Ananias, a disciple of Jesus in Damascus, had a vision telling him to go to the place where Saul was staying and to lay his hands on him so that he could recover his sight. Ananias initially raised objections, knowing what a dangerous man Saul was, but he was assured that all would be well. He also heard, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” [Book of Acts, Chapter 9.] Ananias trusted in God and went to visit Saul. As soon as Ananias laid his hands on him, Saul’s sight was restored. Saul then began preaching in the synagogues in Damascus, arguing forcefully that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God. Those who had known him before were astonished at how he had been converted (“conversion” means to change direction or belief).

After this 180-degree turn in his life and with foreknowledge that he would suffer for Jesus’ name, Saul went on to be a powerful missionary to the Roman Empire. He took the name Paul, which was more familiar to his Latin and Greek audiences. His deeds occupy a large part of the Biblical Acts of the Apostles and many of his letters are included in the New Testament. Paul reminds us to listen for God, that God’s service may involve suffering, and that great things can be done by dedicated believers.

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How to pray in times of uncertainty

William Laud Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

January 10, 2021 was a day packed with importance in the life of the church. The church celebrated the 1st Sunday after Epiphany, recognized the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Another event shared the day in the cycle of the church. It was the day that we recognize the life, ministry and martyrdom of Archbishop William Laud.

William Laud, born in 1573, became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633, having been Charles the First’s principal ecclesiastical adviser for several years before. He was the most prominent of a new generation of Churchmen who disliked many of the ritual practices which had developed during the reign of Elizabeth the First, and who were bitterly opposed by the “Puritans.”

Laud believed the Church of England to be in direct continuity with the medieval Church, and he stressed the unity of Church and State, exalting the role of the king as the supreme governor. He emphasized the priesthood and the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist, and caused consternation by insisting on the reverencing of the Altar, returning it to its pre-Reformation position against the east wall of the church, and hedging it about with rails.

As head of the courts of High Commission and Star Chamber, Laud was abhorred for the harsh sentencing of prominent Puritans. His identification with the unpopular policies of King Charles, his support of the war against Scotland in 1640, and his efforts to make the Church independent of Parliament, made him widely disliked. He was impeached for treason by the Long Parliament in 1640, and finally beheaded on January 10, 1645.

Laud’s reputation has remained controversial to this day. Honored as a martyr and condemned as an intolerant bigot, he was compassionate in his defense of the rights of the common people against the landowners. He was honest, devout, loyal to the king and to the rights and privileges of the Church of England. He tried to reform and protect the Church in accordance with his sincere convictions. But in many ways he was out of step with the views of the majority of his countrymen, especially about the “Divine Right of Kings.”

He made a noble end, praying on the scaffold: “The Lord receive my soul, and have mercy upon me, and bless this kingdom with peace and charity, that there may not be this effusion of Christian blood amongst them.”*

In the Old Testaments Scriptures we are promised:

Arise, shine, for your light has come, *

and the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you.

For behold, darkness covers the land; *

deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.

But over you the LORD will rise, *

and his glory will appear upon you.

Nations will stream to your light, *

and kings to the brightness of your dawning.

Your gates will always be open; *

by day or night they will never be shut.

They will call you, The City of the LORD, *

the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Violence will no more be heard in your land,*

ruin or destruction within your borders.

You will call your walls, Salvation,*

and all your portals, Praise.

The sun will no more be your light by day; *

by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.

The LORD will be your everlasting light, *

and your God will be your glory.

ISAIAH 60:1-3, 11, 14, 18-19 ESV

The Lord is our everlasting light, even in times of fear, uncertainty and apparent darkness. In remembering Archbishop Laud we pray:

Collect of the Day William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1645 O God, our heavenly Father, you raised up your faithful servant William Laud to be a Bishop and pastor in your Church and to feed your flock: Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP2019)

Archbishop Laud inspires us to remain true to the faith to the end. When we look to our present times remain vibrant in our prayers and faith. One of our prayers well suited to our times is this:

For Trustfulness in Times of Worry and Anxiety

Most loving Father, you will us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on the One who cares for us. Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested unto us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

#80, BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (2019)

*Church Publishing. Lesser Feasts and Fasts (Kindle Locations 2652-2668). Church Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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A Prayer for Thanksgiving

A prayer we pray daily:

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. (BCP 2019 The General Thanksgiving)

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