“I was born into the Episcopal Church; baptized, confirmed, and married there. As the decades passed, the Church grew away from what I was raised to believe. I was looking for that foundation of faith when we found St. Clare’s. It has truly given me back my faith and religion. It’s also a great church family to belong to.”
“I chose St. Clare’s because of the dignity of the worship service. This has been lost in so many churches. In our scramble to be ‘politically correct,’ we have abandoned traditional hymnals, substituting campfire tunes and gospel ditties. The liturgy has been replaced by long homegrown prayers and sermons instructing God about what’s going on down here...as if he didn’t already know. St. Clare’s has resisted these trends. For that reason, I am happy here.”
“I saw the Episcopal Church failing and I chose not to be a part of it.”
“We saw an article about St. Clare’s and attended one Sunday. We felt very welcome and enjoyed the worship and companionship...the rest is history. “ I wanted a church close to home so I could feel more connected. I continue to attend because the families here are congenial and caring. I wouldn’t hesitate to call on anyone of the congregation if I needed help of any kind.
Welcome! You are the Vistor.
If you are one of the many who have become estranged from the Church as a result of uncomfortable past experiences or the path some of today’s denominations are taking, St. Clare’s can offer you a spiritual home. If you are searching for a relationship with God, we can help you find a path which will meet your needs. St. Clare of Assisi Anglican Church is located in the beautiful city of Longmont, Colorado and is a parish of the Anglican Church in America which is a part of the Traditional Anglican Communion.
St. Clare’s is an Anglican worship Community that is rooted in the Scriptures and the Traditions of God’s “one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.” As a part of the Anglican Church in America and the Traditional Anglican Communion, St. Clare’s provides a spiritual home for the disillusioned, the disenfranchised, those whose church has moved away from them, and those who respect the traditions of our Church. St. Clare’s offers sacramental worship based upon the 1928 Book of Common Prayer in an atmosphere of friendship and fellowship.
.....People at The Church of St. Clare Believe That
Preserving the traditions of The Church established by Jesus Christ and assuring that they are passed on to future generations is the most important thing we can do.
To preserve the traditional Church for coming generations, we must let others know about it, invite them to worship with us, and welcome them into our community of faith.
We have the capability to offer a range of programs including Sunday School, Inquirers’ classes, and Bible Study to meet the needs of our parishioners. back to top
The traditions of Anglicanism bring the same level of comfort to our spiritual life that we feel when we see something from older times re-fitted and available to us today. The only difference is that our faith has always been here and is ready to be discovered or re-discovered by folks who have been searching for a Sacramental form of worship.
What is Traditional Anglicanism?
The Anglicans are English Catholics whose roots go back to first century England. This line of the Catholic Church is as old as the Roman Catholic branch. During the Reformation, the Church of England emerged as a unique institution. It retained its ‘Catholic’ heritage articulated in the Creeds, the decisions of the General Councils of the Church, its liturgy and sacraments, and its threefold ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons in Apostolic Succession. When members of the Church of England migrated to America in colonial times, they established an independent branch which became known as the Episcopal Church.
The abandonment of most of the tradition of the historic Anglican faith and practice by the Episcopal Church over the past thirty years led to the formation of the Anglican Church in America.
The Anglican Church in America preserves the traditions of the Anglican expression of Catholicism and its Sacraments. It is a member of the world-wide Traditional Anglican Communion with sister churches in Canada, Australia, Central and South America, England, Ireland, India, Japan and Africa. In essence, Anglicans believe in Christ’s Summary of the Law which tells us to love God with our whole heart, soul and mind...to love our neighbors as ourselves... and to practice His teaching on the sanctity of all human life, marriage, and the family.
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News of Possible Communion with The Sea of Peter! Homily - October 24, 2009
St. Clare of Assisi Anglican Church
8170 Cody Ct.Rectory: 303-423-1846
Arvada CO 80005E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 17, 2013
Dear St. Clare of Assisi Parishioners and Friends:
Our Lenten Journey will soon end with the joy of Easter.I pray that the sacrifices you have made during Lent have helped you to examine and deepen your relationship with God and brought you closer to Our Lord.
Following is our schedule for Holy Week:
The Distribution of Palms and Palm Sunday Mass- March 24 at 10:00 AM.
Preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:40 AM
Maundy Thursday Mass – March 28 at 5:30 PM.
Good Friday observances – March 29 at 2:30 PM
Stations of the Cross followed by The Mass of the Pre-Sanctified.
Easter Sunday – March 31 - Morning Prayer 9:40 AM-Mass -10:00 AM
For those of you who wish to receive the Sacrament of Holy Penance, I will be available to hear confessions on Thursday, March 28 (Maundy Thursday) between 4:45-5:15 PM.If you would like another time, please contact me at 303-423-1846 or 303-909-0746 to make an appointment.
I hope that you will be able to join us during Holy Week to re-live our Lord’s Passion.Please join us on Easter to renew our faith as we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord.
May God’s blessings upon you be bountiful!
Very sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Bill Wiener+
Worshiping at the Hover Community All Faiths Chapel
The Fifth Sunday of Lent [Passion Sunday) March 17, 2013
Epistle Reading - Hebrews 9: 11-15
Gospel Reading - John 8: 46-59
“Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58)
The Gospel Summarized:
We saw the dialogue between Jesus and the Jews getting more confrontational in today’s Gospel reading.They had heard our Lord’s words and seen His miracles, yet they could not entertain the fact that he was anything more than possessed by the Devil and insane.In the Gospel, Jesus proclaimed his relationship to God, told his audience that “if a man keep my saying he shall never see death,” (John 8:51) and indicated that He was around before Abraham.Jesus told them “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad (John 8:56)....before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)If all of this were true, his listeners reasoned, then this man must be God...and that’s not only preposterous, it’s blasphemy!Their reaction was to stone Him, yet Jesus escaped, not because he feared death, butbecause more must happen before prophesies were fulfilled and His death and resurrection realized.
Setting the Stage for The Passion: The growing intensity in Jesus’ relationship with the Pharisees which we feel in today’s Gospel reading sets the stage for the Passion of Our Lord.The frustration of Jewish leadership with Jesus and their fear of Him increased to a point where something had to be done with Him before his influence outweighed theirs.Our focus for the next two weeks, the two weeks preceding the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord, is on His Passion.
Passion Defined: We generally associate the word Passion with deeply emotional meanings: an intensity of feelings ranging from hate-to-love.The more archaic meaning of Passion is the one we will focus upon in the next couple of weeks.That is, the endurance of a submissive victim of the afflictions imposed upon him.Yet, we can’t go through the season of Passiontide re-living the suffering of Our Lord, without experiencing the intensity of feelings: the passion He felt for life and the love He had for his Father and humankind.His passion of affliction was made more intense by His passion for living and his love.He approached his death with a similar passion to which He approached life: a passion and a fervor that should be a model for us in our approach to life and our relationship with God.
The Emotions of Passion-Tide: We look at Passion-tide (those last weeks of Lent) with a mix of emotions.With sadness as we begin Holy week by reading our Lord’s Passion from Matthew’s Gospel on Palm Sunday; with reverence as we reflect upon the Last Supper and hear Luke’s version of The Passion on Maundy Thursday; and with feelings of overwhelming gloom on Good Friday as we retrace the Stations of the Cross and hear the Passion of Christ through John’s eyes.We feel deeply for our Lord as He suffers through betrayal, degradation, intense pain and death. We feel strong negative emotions toward the betrayer; toward those who were so threatened by Jesus that they saw no other way to keep their power and the social order than to kill him; and toward those who inflicted His pain.These are human emotions: our passion for His Passion; our basic desire to alleviate the sufferings of others and our revulsion to man’s inhumanity to man.It’s these passions that Jesus wants us to feel and act upon because these are the same passions He had and preached about: the passions that motivated His miracles and his highlighting of the hypocrisy of those who sacrificed their passion for others for the strict adherence to Mosaic Law and the passion of power and control.
The Inevitability of The Passion: But the Passion of Christ had to happen.The prophesies of the Old Testament had to be fulfilled.A new covenant had to be forged between God and,not only his Chosen People, but all people: a covenant of faith and love to replace a covenant based upon fear and retribution; a covenant so important that God gave His only Son to be the final sacrifice for our sins to seal it.Paul, in today’s reading from the Epistle to the Hebrews and to us wrote about the importance of The Passion: “neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12)...and for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament (or new covenant), that by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament (or the old covenant), they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” Hebrews: 9:15)
Conclusion: We are in the home stretch of Lent.In the two weeks that remain, let us re-live the Passion of Our Lord and open ourselves up to the intensity of the passion and love He has for us.As we re-live these events, let us reflect upon the sacrifice He made for us through his suffering and death.Let us re-kindle our passion for our faith and our church and bring our message to others; and let us deepen our relationships with God and those around us through prayer and repentance by the grace of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost who have been with us before Abraham and will be with through eternity.