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Readings for this Sunday 9.10.2017

Here are the readings for tonight, Sunday Sept 10th 2017.

Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

In Christ,

John

*Just a note John Frederick’s last evening at Christus Victor will be Sept 17th, next week. After that we’ll continue to gather as normally scheduled under the leadership of a team of folks. John’s going to be taking up a new post teaching New Testament in Australia. He’s planning on planting a sister Christus Victor plant in Brisbane.

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Autumn 2017 Update

Hey Folks,

At this time: we’re officially pursuing Diocesan membership in the Anglican Church in North America. We’ll keep you updated on the progress and details! Several of the members of our leadership team are also hoping to become aspirants towards ordination in the Anglican church . This is BIG news because as we go into 2017-2018 one member of the leadership team, John Frederick, the lead priest will be moving with his family to Australia to take up a new academic post as a lecturer of New Testament. John will remain on the leadership team, however, while he works on getting set up in Brisbane. Once things get settled over there, he plans on planting a sister Anglican church with the same ethos in Brisbane, and so Christus Victor, itself a church plant, will plant its first church…in Australia!

This is also big news because currently our tie to the Anglican church has been through John’s Holy Orders which are in the Anglican Diocese of New England. We hadn’t affiliated with a regional Diocese (which is the custom and correct Anglican order) yet because we were giving it a year to see what God was actually calling us to do with Christus Victor. After a year, it has become clear: God is calling us to be a place where all of the noise of the performance culture of the contemporary church is set aside for the beautiful simplicity of worshiping God as a family in the mystical power of the ancient liturgy of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. It is a place of transcendence, power, truth, and encounter with the God who is self-giving love: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Lastly, we are in the beginning stages of setting up a transcontinental network that will provide resources to folks planting Anglican churches across the various provinces of the Anglican Communion. Our goal is to help folks who feel called to planting small, intimate, mystical, simple, liturgical, eucharistic communities find the resources and fellowship they need to plant little churches like ours all over North America, and all over the world.

We are but one small piece of the many expressions of worldwide Anglicanism. Yet, we feel that we have something to contribute, and something to gain, by giving to the broader church, and by receiving from the broader church, through Diocesan connections.

You are invited! Of course, you can come anytime, just to stop by. But in this season, there is no doubt about it: you matter, and our desire is for you to partner with us to be a community of radical love, transformation, and peace. To be a part of a church where those who don’t belong, can ‘not belong’ together. Where you don’t have to hold to a certain theology to belong, but where Jesus Christ himself, instead of ideas about him constitutes the center of the community. If you’ve been on the margins of the church, we’re inviting you to become a vital part of the core group and indeed the leadership of the church.

In Christ,

John and the Leadership Team

Scripture Readings for this coming Sunday Sept 3rd

Hey Folks,

Join us for our normal weekly gathering @ 5pm in the Baptist Church next to GCU.

Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

If you’re new to the church, or new to Phoenix (perhaps a GCU or ASU student), come join us! We’re looking to continue to gather a core group of 30-40 committed members of this plant. We’ve been so blessed to meet so many who have been a blessing to us over the past year. We look forward to working together in new and deeper ways to be a place of spiritual warmth and peace in the Gospel for all people.

John

Meeting every Sunday 2017-2018

Hey Folks,

We’ll continue meeting every Sunday @ 5pm for the entire forthcoming year! We’re also beginning talks with the Diocese of Western Anglicans this week and their Bishop to explore how we become officially a part of the Diocese. That will allow our congregation to pour into and receive blessing from a multi-generational, multi-cultural, regional diocese in the Anglican Church in North America.

We’ll also be rolling out some Mission and Visions documents about our church, and the network of small Anglican congregations we intend to grow across the country (and internationally) within the various dioceses of the Anglican church. That’s forthcoming sometime in September.

Join us tonight Sunday August 20th as we gather for worship. The readings for tonight are:

Isaiah 56:1,6-8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

Blessings in Christ,

John

Join us this Sunday August 13th @ 5pm

Hey Folks,

We welcome all to join us at the normal time 5pm, this Sunday August 13th. I expect that the following weeks will be great times of fellowship and worship, as GCU is back in session, old friends will be returning, and we’ll be openly welcoming new folks interested in being a part of an Anglican church plant.

The readings for this week are:

1 Kings 19:9-18
Psalm 85:8-13
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

In Christ,

John

Schedule for July -August

Hey Folks,

We’ll be meeting tonight Sunday July 30th as usual. But next week, Sunday August 6th I’ll be away with the family, and so will all of the other folks involved in the small groups. For visitors, just a heads up: we won’t be having a gathering on Sunday August 6th.

For the rest of August and the foreseeable future after that we’ll continue as normal with our weekly Sunday evening gatherings. The core group was largely away during the summer, but we’ve had several visitors, a baptism, and have been blessed to remain active throughout the summer. However, when GCU is back in session at the end of August, things will pick up a faster pace, and we’ll be inviting tons of new folks in to join our Anglican community. All are welcome.

I expect Sunday August 13th to be an excellent time, as several of our core group folks will be back.

For tonight the readings are:

1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33,44-52

In Christ,

John

Join us this Sunday July 23rd @ 5pm for Worship

Join us for our regular gathering @ 5pm on Sunday. This Sunday, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, and hundreds of millions of Christians from various denominations (including Christus Victor) will be reflecting on the readings for the week which are:

Isaiah 44:6-8
Psalm 86:11-17
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

We’ll be having a regular Eucharist service together this Sunday and all are most welcome. Our core group is almost entirely out of town still. Yet, we were really excited to gather last week for Zoe’s baptism with a small group of friends, and we’re looking forward to gathering this Sunday.