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April, May, June 2019 1133 W. Orvilla
Hatfield, PA 19440
(215) 453-7452
Rev. Robert T. Tufton - Rector
Visit our website: http://www.HolySpiritAnglicanHatfield.com
Editor: Greg Gibson
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From The Pastor's Desk

How do people start attending church?
(from a recent survey of the previously unchurched)

Advertising - 2%
Invited by Pastor - 6%
Organized Visitation - 6%
A Friend Invited Me - 86%

Need I say more?
People are searching for peace in our sin sick world. Why not invite them to experience the peace of God which surpasses understanding. Invite them to visit Holy Spirit Anglican Church. WE WELCOME ALL who seek a firm and unchanging foundation for their Christian Faith in this confused and troubled world.
Parish News and Announcements

On Sunday March 17th, we celebrated Fr. Bob’s 30th anniversary being ordained as a priest. We had a potluck luncheon afterwards which was a surprise.
Tom Blair, rector’s warden, gave a speech of gratitude for Fr. Bob’s service and presented Fr. Bob with a monetary gift.

Fr. Bob’s daughter, Tricia, gave an appreciative speech as well.
Thank you to all who contributed food! A great time was had by all!
Prayer Requests
Special Needs: Leighanne, Erik, Scott, Ann, Jim, Marge, Diane, Maura, Jacob, Michelle, Dave, Katie, Ben, Bill, Chris, Chad & Becca, Melanie, Jess
Sick: Cindy, Martha, Marge, Thelma
Shut In: Marlene, Charles, Ruth
Studying for the ministry: Greg

Jim, Charles, William, Tommy All those serving our country here and abroad. All police officers and 1st responders

Please remember the parish prayer list is purged every month. If someone you know requires continued prayers, please ask that they remain on the list.

April 2: Joan Cressman
April 12: Thelma Barto
April 13: Bryan Alderfer
May 5: Laura Forwood
May 15: Jay Francis
May 30: Esther Miller

June 3: Rev. Robert & Eileen Tufton

Upcoming Services
• Passion Sunday is April 7th at 10am
• Palm Sunday is April 14th at 10am
• Good Friday is April 19th at 7pm
• Easter is April 21st at 10am
• Whitsunday (Penecost) is June 9th at 10am

Ask the Seminarian

If a person does not “give up” something for Lent, does that make them a bad Christian?
Before I answer the question, I think it is important to differentiate between fasting and abstinence. Fasting is reducing the quantity of food, by having only one full meal during the day, possibly with no seconds, and no alcohol or dessert. Abstinence is reducing the quality of food, by eating more simply, perhaps by not eating meat. Both fasting and abstinence are set in place on the calendar throughout the year.

Fridays, throughout the year, are days of abstinence. Every day in Lent is a day of fasting (except Sundays), and Wednesdays and Fridays in Lent are days of fasting and abstinence, with special emphasis on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Sundays, since they commemorate the Resurrection, are never days of fasting or abstinence.

However, The Book of Common Prayer allows for some provisions. Those who are very young, very old, or infirm, or who are involved in strenuous manual labor, should not attempt to fast, or can fast from things other than food.

One misconception a lot of people have is they must fast from food, but, as it can be seen, food is not the only option to “give up” something for Lent. If food provides an obstacle, than find something else to “give up.” Fasting is meant for our spiritual growth. Any spiritual discipline is meant to draw us closer to God not drive us further away from Him.

The purpose of fasting is for recollection. We must remember how God has been faithful in the past and to give us hope God will continue His faithfulness. In recollection, we learn more about God and His unfailing providence.

We may be in a season of our life where fasting is not something we choose to participate in. If a person does not fast during Lent, my recommendation would be to take on another spiritual discipline. Say Morning and Evening Prayer, journal, doing centering prayer, sit in silence for five minutes. There are plenty of other disciplines which I would be delighted to assist anyone in finding one for them.

The Bible says in Matthew 6:16-18: Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
It is clear the Bible states when you fast and not if you fast. So fasting should be a discipline we partake in at one point or another. Fasting is a sign of Christian maturity. However, we all mature at different rates and progress is natural.

So to answer the question, no, if a person does not “give up” something for Lent it does not make them a bad Christian. Remember God looks at the human heart. God is judge and His judgment is not the same as humankind. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace. Furthermore, our merits do not earn God’s favor. God’s love is unconditional.

Do you have a question you would like to ask the Seminarian? If so, please submit them to me in person, by email, or by phone.


Pastor's Teaching
Many years ago, a courageous and devoted American broadcasted a message to his listeners that served as a harbinger for where the nation was headed societally and culturally. In his broadcast, he revealed what he would do if he were “the devil,” to destroy our culture and undermine our collective societal standards and social mores.

That man was Paul Harvey Aurandt, affectionately known to the nation simply as Paul Harvey, and his message not only has proven to be prophetic, but serves as a warning to Americans today of where our society continues to trend.

The version detailed below aired in 1996.

In Paul Harvey’s own words, here is what he said he would do, if he “were the devil.”

“If I were the prince of darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness. I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — thee. So, I would set about however necessary to take over the United States. “I’d subvert the churches first, and I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.’

“To the young, I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince the children that man created God instead of the other way around. I’d confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is square. And the old, I would teach to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington ...’ “Then, I’d get organized, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

“If I were the devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves and nations at war with themselves until each, in its turn, was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

“If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellect but neglect to discipline emotions. I’d tell teachers to let those students run wild. And before you knew it, you’d have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door. Within a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing and judges promoting pornography. Soon, I would evict God from the courthouse and the schoolhouse and then from the houses of Congress. In his own churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I’d lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money.

“If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich?

“I’d convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun and that what you see on television is the way to be. And thus, I could undress you in public and lure you into bed with diseases for which there are no cures.

“In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.”

The following commentary, titled: “Is America’s Fate Sealed?” was written by author Carol Brown. Everything Harvey saw as nascent trends back in the 60’s has come to fruition. And realizing that many readers may not believe in the devil, per se, doesn’t change the fact that these portents have achieved fruition. Whether the causality is the adversary, other nefarious evil or injurious sources, or merely the result of wanton and hedonistic human nature, the culmination of these destructive trends in society has ripened dramatically in recent years.

Some benighted souls may interpret the dissolution of our most fundamental institutions, the defloration of our cultural mores, the rejection and denunciation of God, and the abandonment of standards of decency as “progress.” But to any with even a modicum of conscience, ethical grounding, or even objectivity in assessing our social viability from a historical perspective, we’ve not evolved as a society; we’ve devolved. Not unlike previous great cultures before us.

As intellectual historian Gertrude Himmelfarb has summarized, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized...As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes deviant. The kind of family that has been regarded for centuries as natural and moral – the ‘bourgeois’ family as it is invidiously called – is now seen as pathological.”

Alas, where do we go from here? Do we continue to plunge to new depths of degeneracy as a society, or do we rise as a phoenix, reversing our downward spiral to nihilism? The answer lies in each of us, individually and collectively, and whether we, by honest introspection and appraisal, acknowledge our own failures and shortcomings, and determine to do better.

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Did You Know? From An Anglican Glossary
Holy Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday Comprise the Triduum Sacrum, or three holy days at the end of Lent. Maundy comes from Mandatum, and refers to the words of Jesus regarding the washing of one another’s feet.

British sovereigns participated in this ceremony which comes after the Gospel. Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I both washed the feet of poor women. In the 18th century gifts of money replaced the royal washing. Special coins were minted.

Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and white vestments are worn. In cathedrals, on this day, the bishop blesses the Holy Oils to be used in all the parishes during the year. This is the Chrisom Mass. It is a very special day.

Following the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the main church to a side chapel (Lady chapel or other safe place), or “place of repose” where it is surrounded with lights and flowers. A watch is supposed to be kept here “at least until midnight.” All the altars are stripped.

Altar of Repose

Maundy Coin

Sunday Worship Service: 10 AM – Other Services as announced

We are a Traditional Conservative Christian Church.
Our Schedule of Worship Services embraces Anglicanism in its’ broadest liturgical forms.
Most Sundays we celebrate Holy Communion according to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
We also provide a Healing Service including prayers, the laying on of hands and/or anointing with oil. The Healing Service is at 11:15AM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

Biblical Teaching - Apostolic Faith
Liturgical Worship - Sacramental Theology

WE BELIEVE that the nature and will of God were revealed once and for all by His Divine Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and that this revelation recorded in Holy Scripture cannot and must not be altered or reinterpreted to meet the changing desires of man.

WE SUBSCRIBE to the Faith and Order of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church as clearly expressed in the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, and that the Holy Scriptures contain all things necessary for salvation.

WE ARE MEMBERS of the Body of Christ under the Spiritual Leadership of faithful Bishops in Apostolic Succession adhering to traditional Christian doctrine and principles.

WE WELCOME ALL who seek a firm and unchanging foundation for their Christian Faith in this confused and troubled world.

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Hatfield, PA. 19440

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