Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans! This website is a ministry of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). More specifically it is a ministry of St. James Anglican Church in San Jose. It has a very simple purpose: help people in San Francisco find us so we can help launch new Anglican Churches in San Francisco. Emmaus Anglican Church is our first. We hope to launch many more in the coming months. We hope this interests you. If you would like more information please email Fr. Ed McNeill or call him at 408-674-2770.
The book, written by Marilyn Bloch, a member of Christ Church XP in Montgomery, AL and of the church’s’ St. Claire Guild, was inspired by the needlepoint kneelers in the church.
The then current kneelers in the church had suffered moth damage, and the guild wanted to find a way to offset some of the cost of the repairs. At a guild meeting, one of the members suggested Marilyn (an English teacher for 32 years) write a book to sell, and call it “The Little Kneeler that Could.” She initially took the suggestion lightheartedly, but that evening Marilyn went home and began writing. She wanted the book to be for both children and adults so that both would understand the importance of prayer as well as the significance of the different crosses sewn on the kneelers.
At Christ Church XP there are approximately 30 people who needlepoint, and to date they have stitched 297 needlepoint kneelers of their goal of 500.
Since the kneeler repairs have been paid for, all of proceeds of the book go back into the church. If you would like to purchase a book you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for each book is $15 plus shipping.
More about the book can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Kneeler-That-Could/187710371399295
For those of us who will gather in churches around North America and receive the imposition of ashes as a sign of our repentance and mortality, we will be challenged to follow Jesus in our lives, examine ourselves for the sins of which we need to repent, and be encouraged to take on spiritual disciplines which draw us into holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This year as you prayerfully examine your own life during Lent, I want to encourage you to look for your sins of neglect. What are your sins of omission? “What is God asking me to do which I am refusing to do?”
Am I neglecting my time alone with God?
Am I neglecting feeding the poor?
Am I neglecting speaking out against evil?
Am I neglecting teaching my children about my faith in Jesus?
Am I neglecting taking care of my body?
Am I neglecting praying for and loving my enemies?
Am I neglecting returning to the Lord His portion of my earnings?
Am I neglecting caring for those in pain around me?
Am I neglecting time with my spouse?
The list could go on and on. You get the point: What are my sins of neglect of which I need to repent?
In trying to deal with my sins of neglect, I have noticed two issues which seem to arise. Firstly, to repent of these sins costs me time. They usually take time to accomplish, which means that if I am going to follow God’s leading and repent, then I am going to have to stop doing something that I am currently doing in order to make time for it. To minister to the needy means I have to give up time doing something else. To spend more time studying the Scriptures means I am going to have to give up time doing something else.
Secondly, I have noticed that, more often than not, I am blinded to my sins of neglect. It takes someone else, a sermon, the Scriptures, a book, or a friend to point them out to me. I am afraid this is a pattern for most of us. We don’t think we have an issue, and then the Holy Spirit convicts us and brings it to our attention. Because they are usually blind spots, this means we are used to living with them; they are comfortable in our lives. To repent will make us uneasy and it is often difficult! We have to be intentional, and oftentimes, we need someone to hold us accountable.
Jesus wants us to repent so we can experience the Kingdom of Heaven in our lives on earth. We often pray in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our sins of neglect truly get in the way of this.
As you walk through the Season of Lent this year, prayerfully look for your sins of neglect. When the Lord reveals them to you, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
~ John 12:23-25
In an effort to support their families, 21 Christian men from Egypt left their country to find work rebuilding Libya. Over the last twenty four hours, the story of their kidnapping and martyrdom on the shores of North Africa has now made its way around the world.
My friend and colleague, Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Egypt, who prayed over me at my investiture, has today written to his people about these events. I ask that you join me in praying with them:
“…for peace in Libya, Egypt, and the entire Middle East. Please pray the international community will act in wisdom, correctly and efficiently, and support Egypt in its war on terror. Please pray the churches of Egypt will comfort their sons and daughters, encouraging them to resist fear and hatred. And please pray for the perpetrators of this terrible crime, that God would be merciful to them and change their hearts.”
I commend to you his whole letter which can be read here.
It was also from the shores of North Africa that Tertullian recognized that, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” As we pray for the persecuted today, we do not need to go far to find a contemporary example of how God has built his Church through suffering. It is 38 years to the day that Archbishop Janani Luwum of Uganda was killed for his faith. His death was not broadcast to the world, and yet today he is being celebrated in Uganda as a model of faithfulness in the face of tyranny.
Please join me in mourning with the families of the 21 Egyptian Christians who gave their lives for Christ, and please join me in prayerful expectation for what the Lord may be preparing to do in North Africa.
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America