June 3, 2020

A Message from the Rector

You mortals, the Lord has told you what is good. This is what the Lord requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God.

These words of the prophet Micah can be found in the 6th chapter of the Book of Micah in the Hebrew Scriptures. They are words for a people of faith to live by. 

Welcome to the web-page for the Church of Saint Asaph. We are not a community that claims to have all the answers. We are a community that is committed to struggle with the difficult questions of our time. We are a community that is committed to asking and struggling with those questions in light of the teachings and witness of Jesus and with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. You and your questions and your gifts and your presence are welcome here. We strive to welcome all who seek God and want to be a part of a community of faith rooted in God’s Word, written and incarnate in Jesus and revealed by the power of God’s Spirit. 

Our mission, our purpose is spelled out in our prayer book- we are to be about the working of reconciliation. We seek to be reconciled with God, with one another- and that means everybody, no exceptions- and to be reconciled with ourselves- God’s own beloved creation and child. We know this is a lifetime of work!

We at Saint Asaph’s have ever been transforming- that is what God’s Spirit does- transforms us into a holy people- perhaps simply put, we know that God intends for us to change! Please know that being part of this community means that there will be change navigated by the constant presence of God.

I write this today feeling that everything is changing. For many weeks (months) we have not gathered in any traditional way- COVID 19 prevents us- in fact, because we believe that we are called to care for one another, we have chosen to limit the risk of gathering in person. There have been curfews in these last days as we as a society struggle still with deeply rooted racism and prejudice. We are still the church, and we still gather to pray, hear God’s Word, celebrate God’s presence and be challenged and supported in our common life together. Words and platforms like FaceBook and Zoom that many of us did not know are part of our vocabulary and our life now as Church. Many have found us in this way already- I hope that if you are seeking you will join us on Facebook on Sunday morning- we are live at 9:45. Many choose this option in our community. If you are interested in a different sort of experience- please join us on Zoom- you will need to provide a minimum amount of information to our administrator- office@saintsasaphs.org in order to receive your invitation.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or our office with questions and your challenges and your offerings. I am grateful to have the opportunity to introduce myself and our community and more importantly to learn about you. Please also know that we pray for all who are seeking God and community. In these most difficult of times, and in your joys as well, may the peace of God surround you and sustain you now and always.

In Christ,Barry+