Welcome to San Francisco Anglicans

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.

 
Archbishop Beach Calls for Prayer for Peshawar

In every generation, evil has a name. In this generation one of those names is “the Taliban.” Sadly, at this time of year, as Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus, we also remember that evil was alive in our Lord’s own day as Herod showed comparable cruelty to the innocent children of Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. (Matthew 2)

Bishop Humphrey Peters from the Anglican Diocese of Peshawar joined our bishops when the College met last January, and during that time he shared with us the challenges that the people of his city and diocese are facing.

I ask you to remember the people of Peshawar in your prayers this week. Please pray that the darkness of this tragedy would help the hope that we have in the birth and promise of our Lord Jesus shine all the more brightly.

The Collect for the Slaughter of the Innocents:

Heavenly Father,
whose children suffered at the hands of Herod,
though they had done no wrong:
by the suffering of your Son
and by the innocence of our lives
frustrate all evil designs
and establish your reign of justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. AMEN.

 
Help us finish the year strong in mission

Dear friends, I write this letter with such gratitude for everyone who has worked so faithfully and sacrificially to make the dream of a church that “reaches North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ” a vibrant reality.

What a great year in the Anglican Church!

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We are planting churches, making disciples, and building international bridges around the Global Anglican family in order to see every person in the world have an opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel.

With Archbishop Foley’s recent selection and investiture we are moving from strength to strength.

We still need your help.  With less than three weeks left in 2014, we still need $150,000 to finish the year strong.  Will you help us make this goal?  Many hands make light work, and your generosity is making possible the strengthening of this province for every good work.

Simply put: 150 families giving $1000 each would be such a tremendous gift to The Anglican Church in North America.  Would you be one of those 150 families?  Any gift no matter how large or small helps.

Thank you so much for your generosity.  Our call to be a united missionary and biblical church requires great courage and sacrifice.

Recently, I sat in a room with 30 leaders from around the Province who shared big hopes and dreams for mission and ministry.  To a person, they agreed that we will need a tremendous amount of resources to see new congregations started, to see leaders recruited and equipped, to provide discipleship resources, and to see our Provincial structures be able to support this work of God.

Again, we can’t accomplish these hopes and dreams without your help.

Please prayerfully consider a gift to the Anglican Church in North America.

You can give three ways:

1) If you would like to gift with a check please send your gifts to:

    The Anglican Church in North America
    800 Maplewood Avenue
    Ambridge PA 15003

    In the memo line please put: “ACNA-End of Year Gift”

2) You can give electronically by visiting our website:

    http://www.anglicanchurch.net/?/donate

3) You can give stock transfers and other non-cash gifts.  Just give me call (724.266.9400 ext. 301) if you would like to investigate those types of gifts.

Thanks you so much for your past generosity - we are deeply grateful.

In Christ,

The Rev. Canon Alan Hawkins

P.S.  To receive tax credit, please make sure to have your gifts to us electronically by midnight on Dec. 31st and checks postmarked by December 31st.  Thank you again for your generosity in helping our Church finish strong this year!

 
What Ferguson reveals – and what we can do

From Archbishop Foley Beach: The deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York have been tragedies, and in the United States these events have been the catalyst for important conversations about race. Bishop John Guernsey, our Dean of Provincial Affairs and Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (anglicandoma.org), recently wrote in his diocesan newsletter about these tragedies and the racial tensions we are experiencing in many of our communities.  I commend his words to you for your consideration and for your prayers. “May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).


Dear Friends,

“God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:24-26)

Our nation has been experiencing wrenching racial tensions in recent months over the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. The decision by grand juries in both cases to decline to indict the police officers involved has sparked outrage and protests in many cities.

A fact that has emerged most strongly for me is how profoundly differently black and white Americans see these events. Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has written, “White Americans tend, in public polling, to view the presenting situations as though they exist in isolation, dealing only with the known facts of the case at hand, of whether there is evidence of murder. Black Americans, polls show, tend to view these crises through a wider lens, the question of whether African-American youth are too often profiled and killed in America. Whatever the particulars of this case, this divergence ought to show us that we have a ways to go toward racial reconciliation.”

The ambiguities and confusion that many whites found in the Michael Brown case have been overwhelmed by the stark video tape of the horrific death by suffocation of Eric Garner. As popular Bible teacher Beth Moore tweeted, “There is no unseeing what we have seen. No unhearing what we have heard. No more claiming we didn’t know. We rise loudly for what is right.”

But the polarization and misunderstanding among us continue.

As I have read and pondered numerous articles by respected leaders, particularly from the evangelical Christian world, and considered what I have heard in my own conversations, I have been struck by the depth of the disconnect within the Body of Christ. Many African Americans are feeling deep pain from these events coming on top of the old hurts of past personal experiences of racism. Many black Christians are yearning to see and hear white Christians reach out and speak out. But many whites feel they do not know not what to do or what to say in such a polarized and politicized context, and they do not have the trusted relationships with African Americans that would enable them to learn. And, sadly, all too many whites are indifferent or even hostile.

The result is often a painful, mistrust-filled silence.

One of the articles I’ve read recounted a powerful story of healing that took place following incidents of racism a dozen years ago at the University of Texas at Austin. It described the humble and godly ministry of racial reconciliation of our own David Hanke of Restoration, Arlington, then with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Please read this short but moving account here. David also preached about the Ferguson and Staten Island events last Sunday and you can listen to the sermon here.

What might we do?

First, pray. Pray for those who are in pain over these events. Pray for there to be true repentance over racism wherever that is needed, including in our own hearts. Repent for being silent when you should have spoken. Pray for the healing of America’s racial wounds and divisions. Pray that our churches and our diocese will engage our communities and more fully reflect their diversity.

Second, reach out across racial and cultural lines. Begin to form a friendship with someone of another race, another ethnicity. A recent study reveals that while African Americans have few white friends, most whites have just one black friend or none at all. We simply cannot allow ourselves to be too busy to care.

Third, listen. Acknowledge your limited experience and perspective and ask how your friend sees things. In the book of Job, it’s clear that his friends’ best time of ministry was in the first week when they came and sat and wept with him (Job 2:11-13). They got off track when they presumed to tell Job that he deserved what he was getting and why, and God dressed them down for speaking out of ignorance and arrogance (42:7-9).

And fourth, learn. If you haven’t yet read much about all this from a Christian perspective, here are some articles to get you started:

Thoughts on Ferguson by Voddie Baucham, an African-American pastor active in The Gospel Coalition.

It’s Time to Listen, a series of articles in Christianity Today by African American leaders, edited by Ed Stetzer.

What One Racially Divided Family Can Do, by Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today.

Our nation has a long way to go in racial understanding and racial reconciliation. And what needs to happen needs to happen first in the churches, because we know the One who can bring us together:

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” (Ephesians 2:13-16)

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey
Bishop, Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic

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