Monday, October 13, 2014

Vows Made



Mrs. Sally Franz made her MSJ vows to proclaim the Good News that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not counting man’s sins against them” (2 Cor. 5:19) and to live that Gospel in her daily life.
Her vows were made before the the Rev. Jeff Johnston, MSJ (Curate) and  the Rev. Thomas Anderson (Rector) during the October 12, 2014 Holy Eucharist at Hope Chapel, Oscoda, MI. 

She was joyfully welcomed as a sister missioner of the MSJ by the entire Hope community.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Michigan Chapter Meets With Father General Designate

  

As part of his duty as Father General Designate of the MSJ, Fr. Bob Lemmon is visiting the various chapters of the MSJ prior to the October Assembly in Liberty, Kentucky.

   He came to Michigan to share with us his heart and what he believes God is doing in the MSJ.

   The meeting was held August 16 at St. John the Apostle Anglican Church in Clinton Township, Michigan. Thank you Fr. Bob and Mary for coming to us for this important meeting of the MSJ and thank you to Fr. Terry and Nancy Moore for hosting this event.
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vows Made

Mrs. Lora Broussard  committed her life and made vows to proclaim the Good News that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not counting man’s sins against them” (2 Cor. 5:19) and to live that Gospel in her daily life.

Her vows were made before the Rev. Thomas Anderson, MSJ (Rector) and the Rev. Jeff Johnston, MSJ (Curate) and the Rt. Rev. Frederick Fick, retired Father General of the MSJ during Holy Eucharist at Hope Chapel, Oscoda, MI on July 20, 2014.  Since the passing of her husband Richard, Laura has dedicated herself to ministry and prayer.  

She was joyfully welcomed as a sister missioner of the MSJ by the entire Hope community. A wonderful potluck and fellowship followed.
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I, _____________________________, in the presence of God the Holy and Undivided Trinity, the Ever-Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist, all the saints, and this company here present, do vow my life and my service to Christ within the calling and the charism of The Missionary Society of St. John the Evangelist. Amen.
 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Heart of a Missionary

As a boy growing up in an evangelical denomination, my favorite services were the missionary services. We had them periodically. You would know it was for real, because at the back of the church there would be a table set up with a fantastic display of ornaments and artifacts from the "mission" field. The missionary would be sporting some unusual clothing typical of the people group he was serving. There would be a slide projector set up in the nave, with some men working desperately to get the screen set up and the projector focused, working out all the technical difficulties before the service was to start. The service would begin normally then the pastor would turn the service over to the missionary. If he was a particularly gifted story teller, which most were, I would sit enraptured for the duration. Story after story would be told, of the harsh living conditions, the dangers from bandits or thugs, the culinary tastes of the people group. The stories would be enhanced by the slides showing real scenery, real people, beautiful people, pitiful people, and of course children- lots of children. One missionary I remember actually had mastered the use of a blow gun and stuck a dart into a wicker basket as a demonstration. The service would always close with a special offering taken up and prayer cards. I would leave the service, wishing God would call me to be a missionary. You could imagine my disappointment when He called me to be a pastor. Just a "plain ol' pastor."

Was I in for a surprise. What I did not realize then as I do now, that the United States has become a mission field, and difficult one at that. Missionary is not a term that should be limited to foreign missionaries. What makes a missionary, is not where he/she is called to serve, but rather the heart, the spirit in which that service is rendered. What is the difference between a Foreign missionary and a domestic missionary? That the domestic missionary gets to enjoy to comforts and luxuries of staying in the United States? Not hardly. The main difference is just what I related in the story above. I have yet to get invited to a church to share about the work God is doing in Casey County Kentucky. I could bring in slides. I could have a display "native" artifacts, tell good stories about the unique customs and culinary tastes of the people I serve, but it would not have the same effect. It's all too normal, too close to home. You see the real difference between home and foreign missions, is not what we do, or even why we do it. It's not the amount of sacrifice. It's not the cost, or the difficulty of the task. The real difference is how the work is perceived by the world around us and sometimes even the church at large.

As "domestic missionaries" we must not get discouraged by this. Instead let us with full resolve press on in the obscure little corner of the field where God has sent us. Know that the work that you are doing will probably not make the press, and you probably will not be invited to some larger affluent church to tell your story. That's OK though, because you don't really have time for it anyway. Remember a true missionary is characterized by selfless ambition to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who have not yet heard. It doesn't matter if anyone notices. For our sake, it is probably better that way, lest we become puffed up with pride, or start playing to the crowd for more applause. Instead remember whom it is that you serve. Be faithful in the field you are working in. And if by chance someone does notice, remember that you are only doing what is your duty.

(this post was taken from the September 2008 Bread and Sawdust, the blog of recently named Father General Coadjutor of the MSJ. Fr. Lemmon serves as Rector of Christ the King Anglican Community - Liberty, KY)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Father General Announces Retirement





Bishop Frederick Fick has announced his retirement as Father General of the Missionary Society of Saint John. As per the Canons and Rule, the Father General has named Fr. Robert Lemmon as Father General Coadjutor, who will serve in that capacity awaiting confirmation as the new Father General at this October’s MSJ assembly.

In announcing his retirement, Bishop Fick stated: “I shall remain a Missioner of St. John, in the bonds of fellowship, community and prayerful support to the end of my days, but that the time has come for a new Father General to lead the MSJ and develop the society’s future as a religious society. Over these past many years, I am humbled and grateful to have shared ministry and friendship with you all, while confessing having felt largely inadequate for the challenges, but your loving support made such a difference as we traveled from our individual and collective histories to where we are today.”  

“It was quite a trip and God made a way for us with incredible provision.  Christ was at work in countless lives being touched, countless people coming to faith, and faith renewed. Christ was in all the work, all the good days and real tough days shared and He was always faithful. So, with the unworthy servant, we say, "We only did our duty" and whatever good things accomplished, lives touched, or seeds planted, all were evidence of the Lord's amazing grace and surely the doing of the Holy Spirit and to Him, with the Father and Son, belong all the glory and honor.”

Father General Fick has served the Society with extraordinary gifts of love, insight, peace, warmth, pastoral care and grace.  His leadership and his life has been a beacon for his fellow missioners. His example set the bar for the rest of us in God’s work. The brothers and sisters of the MSJ honor and give thanks and appreciation to Bishop Fred, and his life of service. His life is his testimony.

Fr. Bob Lemmon, MSJ, Father General Coadjutor, has been Pastor of Christ the King Community in Liberty, KY. since its founding in 2000.  He has been married to Mary, his wife of 23 years and they have 10 children.  He is a talented custom cabinetmaker, is committed to the MSJ and loves Jesus. Fr. Bob earned his B. A. at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, 1991, and his M. Div. at Asbury Theological Seminary, 1995.

All mailings to the Missionary Society of St. John may be sent to:
MSJ, Father General , 4536 South KY 501, Liberty, KY 42539.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Holy Lent


 Hope Anglican Church, Oscoda, Mi has begun a time of  Meditation and Examination of Conscience followed by Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Christ the King Anglican Church; Liberty KY

Much effort (and perhaps, sweat) has been expended as the members of the Christ the King continue the work on their new building. Most recently, as seen here, children and adults have completed the interior painting.
All brothers and sisters of the MSJ commend the Christ the King Community for their on-going devotion.

"The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God. (2)With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God.......(4) Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?” 1 Chronicles 29


Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Epiphany of Our Lord
The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the oldest Christian feasts. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning "to reveal," and all of the various events celebrated by the Feast of the Epiphany are revelations of Christ to man. Epiphany came to mark the end of Christmastide—the Twelve Days of Christmas, which began with the revelation of Christ to Israel in His Birth and ended with the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles at Epiphany.

 Collect for the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-
begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know thee now by faith, to thy presence, where we may behold thy glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Thursday, October 24, 2013

MSJ General Synod Pictures





A few pictures from the recent (Oct.16-19) Missionary Society Synod in Liberty, KY.

Newly Vowed Missioners




From left to right above: Ron Berglund, Ann Dunklau, Mary Dougherty, Annie Berglund, The Rt. Rev. Frederick Fick – Father General of the MSJ, Rev. Kenneth Bieber and Diane Bieber.


At the recent General Synod of the Missionary Society of Saint John (Oct 16-19), six individuals committed their lives and made vows to proclaim the Good News that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not counting man’s sins against them” (2 Cor. 5:19) and to live that Gospel in their daily lives.

They were joyfully welcomed as brother and sister missioners of the MSJ.

"I, ________________, in the presence of God and the Holy and Undivided Trinity, the Ever-Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist, all the saints, and this company here present, do vow my life and my service to Christ within the calling and charism of the Missionary Society of St. John the Evangelist. Amen."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Missionary Society of Saint John 2013 Assembly

                                                       Bishop Frederick Fick, MSJ Father General 
                                                                                   addresses the Assembly


The Missionary Society of St. John the Evangelist met in Assembly October 16-19, 2013. Hosted by Christ the King Anglican Church in Liberty, KY, Missioners spent time in worship, study, work of the Society and wonderful fellowship.

Over fifty missioners from MI, OH, KY, IL and TX enjoyed the wonderful Fall colors of South Central KY and the warm hospitality of Fr. Robert Lemmon, MSJ, his wife Mary and the people of Christ the King.


Six individuals committed their lives and made vows to proclaim the Good News that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not counting man’s sins against them” (2 Cor. 5:19) and to live that Gospel in their daily lives. They were joyfully welcomed as brother and sister missioners of the MSJ.

Humility

As shared by The Rt. Rev. Frederick Fick, Father General, Missionary Society of St. John during the MSJ gathering - Oct. 17-19, 2013:



“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.” 
― Andrew Murray

  • Andrew MurrayWriter
  • Andrew Murray was a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor. Murray considered missions to be "the chief end of the church." Born: May 9, 1828, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa 
    Died: January 18, 1917, Wellington, South Africa  
    Education: University of Aberdeen,Utrecht University
  • Who is an Anglo-Catholic:


     
    From September 27, 2008 –

    The Diocese of the Holy Cross has always intended to be a part of the golden thread that keeps traditional Anglicans together and at the table. We pledge that we will never compromise on the ‘three legged’ stool of our Anglican inheritance: Orthodox Liturgy, Catholic Order and New Covenant morality. We are ever mindful of the prophecy that we shall ‘build the old waste places…raise up the foundations of many generations, and be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.’ We revere the memory and invoke the blessing of our ancestors who grace the history of our Movement: the saints of the British Isles, the Non-Jurors, the Caroline Divines and the men and women of the Oxford Movement, all of whom inspire us to fight the good fight. We work and pray for an honorable and godly way forward that will reveal the essential unity of the Church, such that Anglicans will have a distinct and vital place. We desire that the Bride of Christ, breathing harmoniously with the lungs of both East and West, speaking in a powerful and Spirit-filled voice, led by apostolically-minded men of conviction and sustained by the sacramental life, is once again triumphantly evangelical about the Gospel and radically charitable about non-essentials. No Surrender, No Desertion.”

    The Very Rev. Craig E. Young, SSC, of blessed memory (+2009).

    Monday, September 9, 2013

    Emmanuel Mission Homeless Shelter




    Emmanuel Mission Emergency Homeless Shelter celebrated its annual Staff Appreciation Picnic this Sunday  on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron.

    The Emmanuel Mission shelter is operated by and is a ministry of Hope Anglican Church, Oscoda, MI. The shelter is staffed by numerous missionary volunteers from Hope Anglican and many other churches throughout NE Michigan.

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    Baptism at Hope Anglican Church


    Sunday, August 25, was a day of great joy for the people of Hope Anglican Church in Oscoda, MI.

    Buster Merrill, frequent visitor, wonderful friend and husband of long-time parisoner Margaret Merrill, was Baptized into Christ's One Holy Christian Church.

    This was a day of rejoicing for all of the Hope Anglican family as we celebrated Buster's adoption in the sacrament of initiation into the life of the children of God.

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

    Hope Anglican Church Redecorating






    Hope Anglican Church (Oscoda, MI) has completed an entire redo of the interior of their sanctuary and nave;  painting walls, ceiling and all trim.

    The new look is significantly brighter and lighter than it was previously. Fr. Tom and Fr. Jeff want to thank the parishoners of Hope for their patience during this process. It was a difficuly chore having to break down all scaffolds and ladders every Saturday to prepare for Sunday's Holy Eucharist. Now we are back to pews instead of chairs.

    Stations of the Cross and all other paraments will be re-hung this week.

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Hope Anglican Church/Emmanuel Mission Homeless Shelter





    Hope Anglican Church, MSJ and Emmanuel Mission Shelter in Oscoda, Michigan is in the final stages of major capital improvement projects.

    While interior redecorating an remodeling of the church continues, work has begun on repaving the property's parking lot and re-engineering of the storm sewer system.

    Pictures of the interior will follow soon, but here is a look at the first stage of the re-paving effort.

    God provides!!

    Sunday, August 11, 2013


    A Look Back At Hope Anglican Oscoda


    2008



    The work began during the hot and humid days of summer, with a promise, a desire to conduct the first worship service in the Old Church on Christmas Eve at Christ's Mass.   With only 10 days to go, the promise is being kept.  Invitations have been sent out.  Descendants of members from long ago have been invited to share in a community celebration of Jesus birth.  The altar, absent from its place for almost a decade, has been returned, as well as the octagonal pulpit and communion rail.  O Come All Ye Faithful, Joyful And Triumphant.  Hope Anglican Church, the oldest church building in the county, is open again.



    Built by immigrants during the lumbering days of the 1880, The Swedish Lutheran Church survived the great fire, the only church and one of only a handful of structures in town to do so.  Closed as an active Lutheran parish over 6 years ago, the old church was re-born as the home of the Emmanuel Mission Church, which took the name Hope Anglican Church to honor the building's history and to honor the faithful people of God of long ago.







    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    MSJ Fall 2013 Gathering




    The Missionary Society of Saint John will gather for its 2013 meeting October 17-19, 2013 in Liberty, KY. The hosts for our gathering will be Fr. Bob Lemmon and the fine folks of Christ the King Anglican Church.

    As so aptly stated by MSJ Father General, Bishop Fred Fick: 

    "Our hearts turn toward these days of worship, prayer, eucharist and celebrating the goodness of brotherhood for lo, these many years. We long for the special fellowship, the giving of thanks for faithful brothers who have given a life time of service and the honesty of discussion that comes from trusted friends and fellow pilgrims. 

    We look forward to warm days and crisp nights in the autumn hills of South Central Kentucky. The time approaches. I cannot wait to be together again."

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    Forward in Africa - Report 2



    Having now been in Tanzania for three weeks, and after staying a week at the Cotteys’, we finally moved into our house on Tuesday morning. It’s a good size house – 4 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, pantry, bathroom, and office. We’re living quite simply.  There is running cold water and electricity. After many hours spent in the big market we have pretty much everything we need now. We had thought that we’d be getting a gas stove, with an oven, …but that didn’t work out and so now we’re cooking like all the rest of the Africans – on a charcoal fire. It actually works much better than we thought, and now that I think about it, we really don’t need the gas stove.

    In the compound we’ve been treated very well by all of our neighbors. There’s Mama and Baba Kiplili, Pastor Damson & family, and the school headmasters’ family. Our first day here the Kipilis’ (kind of like our African grandparents) fixed all our meals, the second day the headmaster’s family did the same. They’ve helped us get whatever we need, and have made their homes welcome to us all the time. It’s wonderful having great neighbors. They’re also helping us learn Swahili and Tanzanian ways to doing things, which differ much from America.

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    Roscommon, MI 48653

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