Reformation 500

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  • 03 Oct, 2017

The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am so thankful for all of the blessings of this past Kanuga weekend. The teaching and ministry of Rob Rienow combined with the beauty of the mountains were a great gift as we grew together as the family of God.

As we move forward into the fall, I am excited to commemorate and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church, and the reform of the Christian church began. This movement was a return to biblical authority and to a true understanding of the Gospel. It solidified for us that salvation is in Christ alone, by faith alone, through grace alone, for the glory of God alone, known through Scripture alone. The Reformation is our biblical heritage and birthplace as Anglicans.

To commemorate the Reformation, we will be preaching, teaching, and worshipping according to these great truths as we always do. We began a preaching series at the end of September entitled “The Patriarchs and the Gospel.” We will be preaching through the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob leading up to Reformation Sunday. Understanding the Old Testament in light of the New Covenant promises fulfilled through Jesus Christ is a Reformation gift. Preaching through the Scriptures exegetically is a Reformation practice that has blessed Anglicanism immensely.

During the Rector’s Forum for the next two weeks, we will be studying together “The Comfortable Words: Our Anglican Gospel.” These Comfortable Words are one of the distinctives of our Common Prayer liturgy that Cranmer shaped to proclaim the truths of salvation in our worship. The Comfortable Words are simply verses from the Bible organized into a sequence that expounds the Gospel and invites the listener into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Join us for this informative study.

Finally, on October 29, we will celebrate Reformation Sunday with a special worship service that includes important hymns and music from the period. We will have a guest preacher — The Rev. Rob Sturdy — whose PhD work is centered in the theology of the Reformation. You might remember Rob as our guest preacher at Old Sheldon.

As biblical Anglicans who treasure our history, it is important to celebrate the Reformation and to understand its call to constantly reclaim the central mission of the church to proclaim salvation in Christ alone. At the heart of the Reformation, we find Knowing the Savior, Aligning with the Lord, and Seeing the Kingdom Come. I’m excited for this fall as we live into the Vision God has given us.

With joy,

The Patriarchs and the Gospel: Series Topics
  • Genesis 12 - Call of Abram - Sept. 17
  • Genesis 15 - Covenant with Abram - Oct. 1
  • Genesis 17 - Covenant and Birth of Isaac - Oct. 8
  • Genesis 22 - Sacrifice of Isaac - Oct. 15
  • Genesis 25 - Esau and Jacob - Oct. 22
  • Genesis 27 - Isaac Blesses Jacob - Oct. 29
  • Genesis 28 - Jacob’s Ladder - Nov. 12
  • Genesis 32 - Jacob Wrestles with God - Nov. 19

A Word from Shay

By proadAccountId-400629 08 Jan, 2018

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

2018 is off to a special start. What a treat to have a snow-filled 10th day of Christmas to begin this year! The Lowcountry is always beautiful, but there is something amazing about our fair town blanketed in white. I’ve included a couple of pictures around the church property that were especially beautiful on Wednesday. As we begin this year, my heart is drawn to the vision that is guiding us. What will it look like for us to begin the next stage of implementing the vision in 2018?
There are many questions to be answered in this new year. My hope is to begin on Jan. 7 at the Rector’s Forum discussing the vision and taking questions. Many of you were still not back from summer travel when we launched on Aug. 20, so I hope you will be able to attend. On Jan. 14, we will talk about the application of the vision and our plans for 2018. All of this will be leading up to the Annual Vision Meeting on Jan. 28 between the morning services. I am so excited to share with you all of the good news and exciting plans that are before us.
Our full vision statement reads: St. Helena’s will boldly proclaim the saving Gospel and Lordship of Jesus Christ, and through intentional discipleship, will raise up servant leaders and worshipping communities in Beaufort and beyond, seeing the Kingdom come.

As we consider how this statement applies to the wider Body, we can also apply it to our own lives. Two words you are going to hear repeated a lot over 2018 are “belong” and “serve.” These words are directly connected to the vision of raising up servant leaders (serve) and worshipping communities (belong). Where do you belong at St. Helena’s? Where do you find community and accountability and a place to grow? Where are you serving on a regular basis? How are you using the gifts and talents that God has given you to build the Kingdom? These are important ways that the vision applies to us individually.
Truly, 2018 is going to be a special year! You can tell by the way it has begun. Please pray for the church and the vision. Find a place to belong and serve in this new year. The best is yet to come!
Shay +
By proadAccountId-400629 22 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What a year it has been! I am so ready to gather on Sunday and to celebrate again the birth of Jesus. There is truly great hope found in Him. Whether you are traveling or will be here in Beaufort, know that your staff and clergy at St. Helena’s wish you a joyous Christmas and blessed New Year!
Also, we want to thank you for your many kindnesses over this Advent Season. It seems as if daily more wonderful food and sweets appeared in the office for the staff. Cards and gifts continue to come to us. From all of us, thank you so much. We pray that the many ways you have blessed us in this year will return to you richly in God’s blessings.
Finally, the Gaillard family wishes to thank you for all of your love and support this year. We are truly blessed to be at St. Helena’s in this exciting season.
With great hope,

By proadAccountId-400629 15 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are so excited for our second Christmas with you at St. Helena’s. This year there are many opportunities to worship the newborn King during the 12 Day Feast of Christmas. I encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to one of our celebrations for truly there is room in the inn.

One new service that is part of our Vision to “raise up worshipping communities” is our 4 pm Christmas Eve service in the Parish Hall. This will be a family celebration that reflects the style of our 5 pm Sunday service. If your little ones are rambunctious or your neighbors have never been to church, invite them to this simple, yet profound, celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I cannot wait to see how God reveals Himself in the beauty and majesty of Christmas worship. We look forward to celebrating with you.

With expectant hope,

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