We rejoice with the development of the GAFCON Movement in the Anglican Communion. It offers a solid foundation, both theological and ethical for the growth and vitality of Anglicans worldwide.
GAFCON stands for Global Anglican Futures Conference. It includes all Anglicans (for instance those in and out of TEC) who subscribe to the Jerusalem Declaration (see next page).
Dr. Gerald Bray, editor of the Churchman, has an excellent editorial on GAFCON in which he urges all Anglicans to do what they can to see the the concerns of GAFCON are dealt with forthrightly at the next Lambeth Conference in 2018.
The editorial is posted on our website. His article does assume some knowledge of the workings of Anglicanism, but it is worth the effort to understand the points he is making.
Loudoun Interfaith Relief Effort
We continue to support the Loudoun Interfaith Relief with non-perishable food donations which you can bring to the Parish Hall on Sundays.
Church of Our Saviour donated a total of 108 pounds (37 lbs. delivered before Thanksgiving Day and 71 lbs before Christmas) of food to the Loudoun County Interfaith Relief Food Bank. We will continue to collect food throughout the year.
Altar Guild Criselda Bell has agreed to Chair the Altar Guild this year. Thanks be to God. Also, thanks to Hollie Bowers who has faithfully served coordinating the schedule for this past year.
Lectors If you would like to read lesson(s) on Sundays, please let me know. You will not be required to wear vestments, but you need to prepare by reading the lesson before the Sunday service.
Introduction to the Jerusalem Declaration - GAFCON (GAFCON.ORG)
In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit: We, the participants in the Global Anglican Future Conference, have met in the land of Jesus' birth. We express our loyalty as disciples to the King of kings, the Lord Jesus. We joyfully embrace his command to proclaim the reality of his kingdom which he first announced in this land. The gospel of the kingdom is the good news of salvation, liberation and transformation for all. In light of the above, we agree to chart a way forward together that promotes and protects the biblical gospel and mission to the world, solemnly declaring the following tenets of orthodoxy which underpin our Anglican identity.
Here are the first 4 statements: We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because God first loved us, we love him and as believers bring forth fruits of love, ongoing repentance, lively hope and thanksgiving to God in all things. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is to be translated, read, preached, taught and obeyed in its plain and canonical sense, respectful of the church's historic and consensual reading. We uphold the four Ecumenical Councils and the three historic Creeds as expressing the rule of faith of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We uphold the Thirty-nine Articles as containing the true doctrine of the Church agreeing with God's Word and as authoritative for Anglicans today. Continue reading here... Confirmation Confirmation classes will begin this Spring after Easter (April 20). These classes are for either youth or adults who wish to be confirmed. Let Jim Basinger know of your interest.