Monday, March 21, 2016

Continuing Anglican Leaders Set 2017 as Goal for Full Communion

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March 18, 2016

Leaders of four Continuing Anglican jurisdictions have signed a letter setting a goal of full communion

by 2017.

They are Archbishop Mark Haverland of the Anglican Catholic Church; Presiding Bishop Brian Marsh

of the Anglican Church in America; The Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, Presiding Bishop of the
Anglican Province of America and the Rt. Rev. Paul C. Hewett SSC, of the Diocese of the Holy Cross.

A joint letter by the four leaders have agreed to:

• Pledge to "work cooperatively , in a spirit of brotherly love and affection, to create a
sacramental union and commonality of purpose that is pleasing to God and in accord with
godly purpose to our respective jurisdictions";
• Endeavor to "hold in concert our national and provincial synods in 2017" with a goal for
this meeting "to formalize a relationship of communion in sacris; and
• During the intervening period to work "in full accord toward that end, [seeking] ways to
cooperate with each other, supporting each others' jurisdictions and communicating on a
variety of ecclesiastical matters." The bishops also pledge to meet monthly by teleconferencing.

In his message in the January/February issue of the TRINITARIAN, the official house organ of the

ACC, Haverland said, "Unforeseen difficulties may arise, but our agreement states our clear
aspiration, intention and goals."

"The goal for 2017 is full communion. That, in turn, is not the same as institutional or organic merger,

which would be the step beyond, but which I also think we should pursue."

Bishops Grundorf, Hewett and Marsh all praised the joint letter as a positive beginning towards

establishing a working communion of Continuing Anglican Churches.

Grundorf said the last 30 years had seen much antipathy among so many of the major continuing

churches, with feelings of frustration and isolation by continuing churches when attempts were
made to reach out in other ecclesiastical directions to find common cause.

"As one of the bishops of longest standing, and having been through so many of these attempts, it is

a great blessing to be part of signing this commitment as the Presiding Bishop 
of the Anglican Province of America.

The APA pledges, along with the others, to work and pray toward the establishment of full communion
among our churches by 2017.

"Although there are different church cultures that exist among the signing bishops, there is no doubt

that the commonality which exists far outweighs our differences."

Speaking on behalf of the Diocese of the Holy Cross, Bishop Hewett said his diocese is grateful to

Almighty God and to our sister jurisdictions for the statement of interjurisdictional and cooperation
signed by the ACC, the ACA, the APA and ourselves.

"It is vitally important that we are on converging paths. The more we can cooperate and do things

together, and enjoy complete reciprocity in our ranks, the more we will grow, as an emerging single
province for traditional, orthodox Anglicans in the United States. The hand of God is upon us as
Anglicans of our persuasion, because he has a very important vocation for us in the Body of Christ."

ACA Presiding Bishop Marsh said the coming together in communion is truly a glorious occasion.

"That was certainly true at the recent synod of the ACC in Athens, Georgia. In such a situation all our
divisions, conflict and history melt away in the presence of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
We have met each other and find that we are, as classical Anglicans, true brothers and sisters
in Christ.

"There is a joy in return, joy in forgiveness and joy in reconciliation. Truly,

 this is an exciting and historic time to be in the Continuum."

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Holy Week and Easter Week Schedule 2016 at Saint Barnabas Church, Dunwoody, Georgia

The Feast of Saint Joseph, Saturday 19th March
Workshop for Making Palm Crosses, 10am
Holy Communion, 12 Noon

Palm Sunday, 20th March
Sung Holy Communion
and the Blessing and Distribution of Palms,
9am and 11am

Monday in Holy Week, 21st March
Tuesday in Holy Week, 22nd March
and Wednesday in Holy Week, 23rd March
Holy Communion, 12 Noon

Maundy Thursday, 24th March
Sung Holy Communion,
Stripping of the Altar, and Watch before
the Altar of Repose, 7pm

Good Friday, 25th March
The Solemn Liturgy, 9.30am
Three Hours’ Devotion, 12 Noon to 3pm
Sacramental Confessions, 4pm-6pm
Stations of the Cross, 7pm

Easter Even, 26th March
Easter Egg Hunt, 10.30am
Sacramental Confessions, 1pm-2pm
Easter Flower Ministry, 9am-2pm
Sung Holy Communion of the Easter Vigil, 8pm

Easter Day, 27th March
Sung Holy Communion, 9am
Sung Holy Communion, 11am

Monday in Easter Week, 28th March
Tuesday in Easter Week, 29th March
and Wednesday in Easter Week, 30th March
Holy Communion, 12 Noon

Thursday in Easter Week, 31st March
Holy Communion, 7pm

Friday in Easter Week, 1st April
and Saturday in Easter Week, 2nd April

Holy Communion, 12 Noon

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