What Having a Spiritual Home Means To Us

Over two years ago, my wife, Anne, and I walked into Church of The Atonement looking for a church home. It had been many many years since we had attended church regularly and Anne had found Atonement on a web search. We thought we might give it a try. Naturally, as newcomers we were nervous and unsure of what we might find.

When Anne related that we’d be attending Atonement that coming Sunday, it gave me a good hearty laugh: “Atonement… is God trying to tell me something?” Truthfully, the name really gave me pause for reflection. There was a certain resonance echoing in my head. Some of it was comfortable and some of it wasn’t. It felt like a call and it also felt like a conviction.

If you break the word down, it becomes at-one-ment. The dictionary goes further and defines the word as, “the reconciliation of God and humankind through the redemptive life, death and resurrection of Christ”. The internal question circling inside my brain was one of making a choice between my pride or  letting God open up the path of healing.

Walking in that very first time, we were met with welcoming smiles and genuine warmth. We both instinctively knew that we had found our home. There’s a generosity of spirit at Atonement that’s hard to put into words. In our church, the people are exactly who they say they are. We are a community that accepts people just as they are without pretense or affectation. As faithful people, there is also a sense of belonging and true fellowship.

Our parish loves to share. We are a praying community knowing that Christ answers our prayers. We know that through Him and with our faith, direction and guidance is always provided.

We invite you to join us!

Lenten Reflections for 2017 – Holy Week

We will be observing the Passion of our LORD Jesus Christ this coming week.

Passion Week begins with the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday with fulfillment of the prophecy for the Messiah; how it was a declaration of Jesus’ Messiahship; and, how it drew the proper response of faith and adoration from the followers of Jesus.

The events of the week are multifaceted and include:

  • The cleansing of the temple prior to the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God;
  • Jesus washing the disciples feet;
  • The institution of the Holy Eucharist;
  • The betrayal, suffering, death, burial, and Resurrection with the complete victory and triumph over sin, evil, death, and the grave.

All of the Gospel accounts devote a significant part to this one (1) week of Jesus’ earthly life in human form, because everything Jesus had done, and had said up until then, had been preparatory for this week.

To help you sort through this action-packed and very full Passion Week, please click on this Adobe PDF file, A Passion Week Chronology.



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