Eucharist Church: A vibrant Anglican church in the heart of SF

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Worship 2016Eucharist Church is a vibrant, young church passionate about Christ and His Kingdom. Our mission is to be formed into a community of disciples who live all of life in reference to Christ. We seek to connect ancient forms of worship and classic Christian faith to the lives of 21st-century people. Come join us for worship and discipleship! Visitors are welcome.

  • Location: 1504 Bryant Street, San Francisco
  • Worship – 10:00am, Sundays; email Fr. Ryan (ryan@eucharistSF.org) Childcare provided for small children
  • Catechesis / Spiritual Formation – 9:00am, Sundays (what is a catechumenate?)
  • Table Groups – small groups in homes that meet weekly (email Joshua@eucharistSF.org for more info)
  • Facebook page – Pictures of Gatherings: worship service, special community event

The Catechumenate: A big part of our vision for reaching post-Christian culture with the Christian gospel

Some of our clergy and staff…

Rector: Father Ryan (and wife, Elizabeth)
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Pastor of Families, Community Life and Outreach: Rev. Joshua Drake (wife, Alicia and daughters)
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Deacon: Rev. Kyle Logan
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What would it be like to live all of life in reference to Christ?

We’re gathering families, children, teenagers, retirees, singles, people coming from all walks of life… let’s follow Jesus together! We don’t think we’re better than others. We’re just beggars telling each other where we found Bread. Humility and faith are right at the heart of our message. We are, because He IS!

About our name: Eucharist is the ancient Christian word used to describe the central elements of Christian worship: the bread and wine which Christians receive by faith as the living presence of the crucified and resurrected Jesus. The original Greek word simply means “thanksgiving.”

Our Diocese and Bishop: Churches for the Sake of Others is a missionary diocese of the Anglican Church in North America focused on planting new congregations all across America. Within the Bay Area there are currently six sister Anglican congregations who are part of our diocese. Our Bishop is Todd Hunter. Bishop Todd had a wide variety of experience leading in various Christian contexts before being ordained as an Anglican Bishop. He serves as the Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Costa Mesa, California, in addition to his duties as a bishop, speaker, professor, and author. He is married to Debbie and has two adult children.

 

Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans

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Copy of SF Logo Background 3Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans! This website exists to help people get connected to congregations in the Bay Area that are affiliated with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). If you’d like to get connected with a local priest in San Francisco, please feel free to reach out to Fr. Ryan Jones – ryan@eucharistSF.org or 415.685.3429. If you’re looking more broadly at the Bay Area, please reach out to Fr. Ed McNeill – ed@newanglicanchurch.com who is the Dean offering oversight of the Bay Area congregations connected to Churches for the Sake of Others (ACNA diocese).

If you’re looking for an Anglican congregation in San Francisco itself, Eucharist Church is what you’re looking for (since we’re the only ACNA congregation currently). We are a young congregation made up of Anglican transplants, newly confirmed Anglicans, people who appreciate a three-stream (Evangelical, Charismatic and Sacramental) approach to worship, seekers and more.

We look forward to getting to meet you!

World Mission Sunday is February 19, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In Isaiah 12:4 we read, “In that day you will say: ‘Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.’”

I know that in our churches we are giving praise to God and proclaiming his name, but are we making known among the nations what he has done, so that all peoples can proclaim, with us, that his name is exalted?

I rejoice to say that much work and partnership IS taking place around the globe, but there is much more still to be done to inspire and encourage us to participate in God’s global and great commission. We have designated the second Sunday before the end of Epiphany as World Mission Sunday, and that day this year is February 19, 2017.

The Anglican Church in North America and Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP) have teamed up to provide you with helpful resources to make this special day spiritually challenging, prayerfully engaging, and practically motivating. Please visit the New Wineskins Missionary Network site at newwineskins.org and a special video “God’s Passion for the World” that we prepared just for this occasion, along with a promotional trailer that you can use in advance of Feb. 19. You can plan a mission training day, lunch or dinner event, invite a guest speaker, or host a special Sunday School class focused on world mission and play the “God’s Passion for the World” video. There is even a study guide you can download. You can highlight those mission projects and partners that your congregation supports, and take up a special offering on their behalf.

Other resources offered online include a prayer Litany for Mission, special excerpts from the Kenyan Eucharistic Liturgy, and other links to videos that will help educate your parish on “the task remaining” to reach the ends of the earth with the gospel message! A listing of AGMP partners, who are available to speak, train or preach, can also be found at newwineskins.org or contact info@newwineskins.org if you need assistance.

Thank you for your partnership in proclaiming the Gospel in both word and deed throughout the world.

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America

A Report to the Church from the College of Bishops January 2017 Meeting

Introduction

We met together January 9-13, 2017, in Melbourne, Florida during the first week of Epiphany. Our time together was a balanced mix of worship, teaching, business, and fellowship.

We give thanks for the full participation of the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina. We are grateful for the ministry of David Clifton, Director of Worship and Music Arts at Apostles Anglican Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, whose music enriched our worship each morning and evening. During our meeting we received formal greetings from Archbishop Welby and Archbishop Okoh. We also sent greetings to the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Nigeria which was meeting at the same time.

During our meeting, we received updates from a variety of initiatives that have been undertaken within the Church, and we worked to approve new resources for worship (liturgy) and teaching (catechesis). As usual in these conversations we experienced both the gifts and tensions inherent in a three streams church: Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, and Charismatic. We give thanks for the breadth of Anglicanism, and the unity that we in the Anglican Church in North America have in Christ.

Assembly 2017: Mission on Our Doorstep

We heard about the progress being made for our next gathering as a Province. The theme for Assembly 2017 is “Mission on Our Doorstep” and will be held June 28-30, 2017, in Wheaton, Illinois. The Assembly gathering is open to everyone, and will feature speakers and guests from around the world. In addition to the plenary speakers and workshops, there will be specific tracks such as church planting, youth, Caminemos Juntos (hispanic ministry), Anglican Multi-Ethnic Ministries (AMEN), and chaplaincy. Registration will open in the next couple weeks.

Ministry: Matthew 25 Initiative

We give thanks for the confidence in the Anglican Church in North America held by an anonymous donor who has pledged more than $1 million in matching funds to double the money that we raise to impact people’s lives. The Matthew 25 Initiative focuses on the teaching of Jesus, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matthew 25:35-36), reflecting the heart and priorities of the Lord.

Worship: Liturgy

The Liturgy Task Force presented most of the remaining texts for a proposed Book of Common Prayer 2019. These texts, after discussion and amendment, were adopted as “working texts,” to be published on the Provincial website (www.anglicanchurch.net) for present liturgical use and for the gathering of online feedback towards the finalization of these texts by 2019.

The texts presented were:

  • The Rites of Healing:
    • Reconciliation of Penitents
    • Ministry to the Sick
    • Communion of the Sick
  • Great Litany and Supplication
  • Occasional Prayers and Thanksgivings
  • Consecration and Dedication of a Place of Worship
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Palm Sunday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Great Vigil of Easter

All of these texts will be available on the Provincial website within the next couple weeks. One diocese requested that its contemporized 1552 Rite for Holy Communion be included in the 2019 Book. While the rite was not accepted for inclusion, the request enabled the College to address how it will commend such rites and canonically affirm the long-term place of historic Prayer Books and of Prayer Books in use at the time of the formation of the Province.

Five psalms exemplifying a Renewed Coverdale Psalter, inspired by the work C.S. Lewis and T.S. Eliot, were also shared, as were a number of historical texts and calendar tables proposed for inclusion in the Prayer Book.

Among other matters reported were:

  1. a plan to refresh the Texts for Common Prayer webpage (for ease of use) on the Provincial website;
  2. an easy-to-use online resource (www.legereme.com) for reading the Daily Office and for determining appropriate Eucharistic collects, lessons and prefaces; and
  3. a timetable for incorporating feedback toward finalizing the BCP 2019.

The Liturgy Task Force will invite final comments on the working texts of the offices and eucharists during 2017 (for final adoption by the College in January 2018) and of all other Prayer Book rites and texts in 2018 (for final adoption by the College in January 2019). Over 300 suggestions have already been received and catalogued through liturytaskforce@anglicanchurch.net, to which 2017 and 2018 responses will be added, considered, and incorporated as the Liturgy Task Force seeks to finalize a twenty-first century successor to the Book that is Anglicanism at prayer.

Order: Holy Orders Task Force

In 2012, the task force was asked to develop resources to help guide the bishops’ future discussions on holy orders in general, and the ordination of women in particular. At our meeting this week, the Holy Orders Task Force presented Phase 4 of their work to the college. The College thanked the task force for the hard work that they have done on this topic in just a few short years. Having received the report at this meeting, the conversation then turned to the timeline for addressing these issues.

The Phase 4 report is being formatted and combined with the previous documents from the task force. This report will be passed on to the GAFCON Primates and to our ecumenical partners for feedback, and released to the whole Church in late February. The bishops will pick up these discussions  at their next two meetings, in June and September of this year.

The task force’s report does not represent the position of the college, as our formal discussions on this topic are just now beginning, but it is our hope that this document will begin to give us a common language for conversation in the College, and aid dialogue in the larger Church.  

We are well aware that this is a passionate topic. We would remind our members of the clergy and laity that in all our conversations, whether they be in person, or on social media, our conduct must always honor Christ, and model his sacrificial love.  

Teaching: Catechesis 

We received an update from The Rev. Dr. Joel Scandrett and The Rev. Art Going, members of the Committee for Catechesis. The work of the committee is to encourage the whole church to embrace catechesis as a critical means of discipling; to be a church investing and engaging in lifelong disciple-making.

The College adopted a revision to Parts 1 and 2 of the Catechism, with the goal of producing a final version of the Catechism in the coming year. The Bishops approved changes that were presented, and endorsed the plan to place pastoral prayers formerly in the introduction in the relevant sections of the text, and to add prayers for pastoral application to other sections.

The Committee continues to focus its work on three audiences and three challenges:

  • Outsiders becoming insiders - learning from the ancient church how to do catechetical evangelism through patterned practices in an environment of warm, evangelical hospitality.
  • Forgetters becoming rememberers - renewing our commitment to lifelong catechesis—laying the foundation for all other ventures in discipleship; completing the revision of To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
  • Beloved children becoming belief-ful adults - rediscovering the crucial role of family for discipling our children for Christian life and mission.


Youth Ministry: Young Anglicans Project

We received an update from the Rev. Steven Tighe, Provincial Canon for Youth, and head of The Young Anglicans Project. Young Anglicans works for an effective Christ-centered ministry to teenagers in every church of the Anglican Church in North America. To that end they are working to train, and network youth leaders, provide resources to make church youth ministry prosper, and to advocate for ministry to adolescents at the parish, diocesan and provincial level.

Young Anglicans has these projects underway:

  • The “Engage” initiative to help small churches and church plants reach and disciple teenagers through one on one Bible reading. At this point seven dioceses are involved at some level with the program.
  • Youth ministry training webinars, all available on the web through the Young Anglicans Project website.
  • An Anglican Gap Year program (aGAPe Year). Designed as a year-long discipleship program for high school graduates wanting to spend a year in mission and ministry before college. Directors have been hired and are raising support with our first class expected in September of 2017.
  • A conference for training diocesan youth directors in Dallas, October 24-26, 2017.
  • National Anglican Youth Ministers conference in conjunction with the Rooted conference will be next October 25-26, 2017, in Dallas.
  • Two youth leader networking video conferences every month for youth leaders
  • Quarterly newsletter goes out to the 2,500 Anglicans interested in youth ministry on our mailing list, and via social media.
  • Making and maintaining connections with other ministries in the Anglican Church in North America, including Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP), Caminemos Juntos, the Catechesis committee, and Always Forward.


Outreach: The Telos Collective

This week Bishop Todd Hunter shared with the bishops a new task force that has been commissioned. The Telos Collective: Anglicans at the Intersection of Gospel and Culture, is a small, strategic alliance of the best missional minds in the Anglican Church in North America who will gather each year to think, plan, and dream about how best to reach the culture for Christ. Archbishop Beach asked Bishop Hunter of the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others to found and lead the Telos Collective. Hunter is now inviting dedicated leaders from across the province to attend the annual Intersection Conference, an intensive “missional greenhouse” where leaders will receive specialized training in a collaborative setting and return home to continue the conversation. The first conference is slated for May 18-20, 2017.

Church Planting: Always Forward

We received an update on our church planting initiative, Always Forward. The goal of Always Forward is to assist in planting Gospel-centered, missional, sacramental churches by equipping dioceses to become church planting networks. This year Always Forward held a well-attended church planting conference in Denver, facilitated church planter leader training in Atlanta, launched the new Always Forward Podcast for Anglican church planters,  and developed a framework for assessing and organizing a diocese for the work of church planting.

In 2017, primary initiatives will focus on developing a Strategic Leaders Initiative for the identifying, equipping, and supporting of diocesan church planting leaders, and an online training program for planters. The annual church planting conference will be held in conjunction with Provincial Assembly in June, and in the fall, Always Forward will host a church planting simulcast to encourage local planters to get together for training and collaboration while engaging in group-based learning. There are also plans for collaboration with other Gafcon provinces to work towards a global, collaborative church planting network.

Bishop Coadjutor for the Central States and Suffragan for Mid-America 

We gave thanks for the life and ministry of Royal Grote, Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, who died this past November. As Archbishop Beach said in his address, “His legacy in this College and in our Province will long be remembered. The tone he exhibited among us, especially with difficult issues and with difficult people was amazing and so Christ-like and Christ-affirming. Being around him made me want to like more like Jesus!” 

As Bishop Ray Sutton now takes on the role of Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church sub-jurisdiction, we gave our consent to the Diocese of Mid-America for the election of a suffragan bishop to assist him in his duties. We also gave our consent to the Diocese of the Central States to elect a bishop coadjutor.

Conclusion

God is entrusting this Church with powerful and diverse ministries to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. These Gospel initiatives are the result of tens of thousands of sacrificial efforts, large and small, being made by lay and clergy members throughout this province every day. In the words of St. Paul: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:3-6)

Please continue to pray for Christ’s Church.

Bishop Jones to chair the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces

The National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF) at their annual meeting currently taking place in Washington DC have unanimously elected the Right Reverend Derek LS Jones to serve as “Chair-elect.” Bishop Jones is the Bishop of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy (Anglican Church in North America). Bishop Jones will serve as the Chair-elect for two years and then become the Chairperson for the organization for two years. NCMAF is the peer organization for Ecclesiastical Endorsers for the representative faith groups who provide chaplains to the United States Military and Department of Defense (DoD). Currently there are nearly 190 religious faith groups endorsing chaplains.

NCMAF’s Chairperson and Chair-elect work in tandem to address religious and ministry issues and concerns to various military related government entities and on Capitol Hill. They work closely with the Chiefs of Chaplains for the United States Navy, Army, and Air Force. The Reverend Sarah Lammert, Director of Ministries and Faith Development for the Unitarian Universalist Association has been serving as Chair-elect,and now serves as NCMAF’s Chair.

“I am humbled by my selection,” said Bishop Jones. “As I sit in a room with representation of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, virtually all faith groups in the US… and realize that they trust me to represent this historic and prestigious organization on their behalf – I am beyond honored.”

“NCMAF has been a crucial voice for religious liberty in several key events over the last couple of years and Bishop Jones has played a significant role,” says Chaplain, Captain Jack Lea, USN (ret) and Executive Director of NCMAF. Bishop Jones had been serving on the Executive Committee of NCMAF prior to his nomination and election as Chair-elect. Captain Lea added, “personally, I am thrilled about his selection!”

Bishop Jones’ selection doesn’t surprise many who are aware of his leadership and work, often behind the scenes, over the last several years. He was a founding member of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CALL), co-authored and was part of the editing team for Section 533 of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2013 and supporting sections in 2016, and has represented the ACNA many times on Capitol Hill. His argument of Conscientious Objection to the US Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell (Little Sisters of the Poor) helped sway the court’s decision favorably from what was expected to be an undecided court due to the death of Justice Scalia.

(Bishop Jones’ argument became the amicus brief written by Scott W. Gaylord, Elon University Law School and was co-sponsored by Ave Maria University. You can read the amicus here: http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Anglican-Chaplains-and-Ave-Maria-University-LSP-Amicus.pdf)

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