Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Posts from July 2017

From Lifeboat to Movement

Some of us remember way back in 2003 when The Episcopal Church (TEC) made the decision to disregard Scripture and consecrate the first openly homosexual bishop of any Christian denomination. Not only did this decision go against Scripture and against the teachings of the worldwide Anglican Communion, it also split the Episcopal church in this country. It also birthed what we now…

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A Salad at Waffle House

A Reflection on Diverse Community and Mere Christianity  By Jason Moore Ever ask yourself if the Waffle House serves salad?  In all my years on the road traveling with four other guys in a rock n’ roll band and countless Waffle House stops, this question had, oddly, never come up. These are the types of questions that only arise when we’re living…

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ACNA Reflection

This was my first time at a provincial assembly. I am lucky it was an ACNA assembly, which had none of the tensions and discord of past ECUSA assemblies (or so I’ve heard). There was a joyful, Spirit filled exuberance about the place the entire time I was there. We met daily in the morning and the evening in plenary sessions. We…

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Mission on Our Doorstep

A Reflection of and Response to the ACNA Provincial Assembly of 2017 By Lori Moore Many Christians are asking what does God’s call to mission look like for the church today? Where should we focus our efforts, how should we go about fulfilling the mandate of the Lord Jesus Christ to go and make disciples, and what strategies are needed? In gospel…

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Welcome The Rev. Randy and Liz Shirley

It is with great joy we welcome our new assistant to the rector, the Rev. Randy Shirley. Randy joined the staff in June and since that time I can only describe Randy as an air traffic controller with a pastor’s heart! A Trinity School for Ministry graduate, Randy was ordained a deacon on June 10 and will be ordained a priest in…

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Welcome Edwin Smythe

He has an infectious smile and an incredible passion for reaching the next generation.  We welcome Edwin Smythe as our director of student ministries. Edwin will be focusing on students ages of 11-21. A graduate of Porter Gaud and The Citadel, Edwin attended the Bethel School of Ministry in Redding, California. We celebrated Edwin’s ministry with a cookout on Sunday, July 23…

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Hare heads to Clemson University

By Justin Hare Graduation! One week ago the Hare family celebrated the culmination of four years of hard work resulting in graduation from seminary! This has been an incredible season for us, and it has been in every way a group project. Through your prayer and financial support, we have been able to a season devoted…

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Snapshot of strategy team

By Lee Cox “Where there is no vision the people perish….” (Proverbs 29:18) The truth of this citation from Proverbs is self-evident, as should be its corollary: Where there is prayerful fidelity and submission to God’s word and will, there are abundant blessings for God’s people. As a community of faith, seeking God’s vision for St. Michael’s is a communal responsibility, not…

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Senior warden’s report on annual meeting surveys

By Mikell Scarborough I thought it appropriate to report to you upon reflection on the annual meeting surveys we sent out. My principal goal as warden has been to increase communication between the vestry and the congregation regarding what we are doing at St. Michael’s. This is also a desire of the congregation. The vestry open houses held last September and May…

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June – July 2017 From the Parish Register

PAROCHIAL UPDATES Births: Welcoming! May 23, 2017 Whitner Wilson Ravenel Stephens, son of Charles Albert “Cal” Stephens, Sr. and Jane Vitre Ravenel Stephens June 13, 2017 Palmer Sumner, son of  James Kennison and Sara Anne Cart Sumner June 16, 2017 Joseph Cole Good IV, son of Joseph Cole Good III and Maury Elizabeth “Liz” Deters Good Baptisms:  We receive you into the household of…

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