Monday, June 4, 2012
Second Sunday at Redeemer Parish in the South Hills, Canonsburg
We held our first Sunday of 8:00 AM and 10:30 services yesterday both using the same new ACNA Service of Holy Communion which will be used province-wide this week at the ACNA Assembly in Ridgecrest NC which our clergy will attend.
The first service was a said service (no music) which will continue until we either hire an full time organist or until we can provide pre-recorded organ music through a computer and sound system, which we are working on. Nonetheless it was well attended (34 souls) with a happy and free attitude. Everyone is glad to be a part of our new start.
The second service was a joyous celebration of God's goodness, mercy, grace and blessing which He so wonderfully provides for us. The Rev Joseph Martin of Church of Our Saviour and three of his praise team provided music and a sound system. The Rev Canon Mary Hays, Canon to the Ordinary to Bishop Duncan was a surprise guest and brought a short message of encouragement, support and thankfulness for our standing strong for biblical truth. She also challenged us to reach the neighborhood that God has now placed us in for His sake and for their eternal salvation.
Since we left all behind at the now defunct St. David's Anglican Church (the vestry voted itself out of existence at 2359 hours on 31 May as planned), we must retool and restock our worship space. The Episcopal Diocese kept the two 60" monitors, the powerpoint computer, all the sound equipment and microphones, the electronic message board, -- all purchased after we realigned in October 2008. We had been assured when we purchased these items that they would remain ours. The Episcopal Diocese claimed them under the guise that, "they needed to maintain the integrity of the worship space" or "they needed to consider the needs of the continuing congregation". Interestingly, none of the continuing congregation gave even as much as a nickel toward the purchase of all that they kept. (their continuing congregation numbers less than a dozen and ours numbers well over a hundred.)
Since last Sunday members of our congregation have offered to provide us:
1. a new sound system
2. a new ESV Pulpit Bible
3. two 70" Sharp Aquos LCD monitors
4. 100 ESV Pew Bibles
5. new Altar and Processional Crosses
6. Kids Church materials
7. Nursery stuff
Two churches, Ruthfred Lutheran of Bethel Park PA and Gastonville Methodist near Finleyville PA, have reached out to us and have offered to help us out with sanctuary items we might need.