Judge Not, That Ye Be Not Judged

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By Fr. Michael J. McKinnon MARLBOROUGH, March 25, 2013 I recently had the privilege, as part of my weekly ministry, of leading a local AA/NA Group.  I have the permission of those present (although I will not identify who, when or … Continue reading

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What Does The Sign Of The Cross Mean And Why Do We Do It?

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From the earliest days of Christianity, the sign of the cross would be traced on the forehead of the newly baptized, marking them as “Christ’s own forever.”  Those who make the Sign of the Cross over themselves do so as an … Continue reading

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Why Do Church’s Look The Way They Do And Face East?

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Church buildings were traditionally built to represent the Church as the Ark of the New Covenant.  This is why the ceiling of a church building often resembles the hull of a ship.  The church would also be built facing the east.  As the … Continue reading

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Volunteer Teachers and Assistants- NEEDED

ESL – English as a Second Language

A Ministry of Holy Trinity Anglican Church

God has literally sent the world to our doorstep!

A Call for Additional Volunteer Teachers and Assistants- NEEDED to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) at the Assembly of God Church in Marlborough, MA twice a week, two hours/evening.

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If you feel the call and are interested there will be an ESL Training Lesson conducted by Ms. Nancy Booher, Director, MNA ESL Ministries Director on April 12th and 13th  at the Presbyterian Church of Coventry in Coventry , CT. Scheduled on Friday night (6:00 pm to 9:30 pm) and Saturday 8:45 am to 6:00 pm. Car pool available. Cost: $50.00 includes materials and food. Contact Donald Richards, HTAC Director ESL Ministry Program for details – Cell: (508) 340-8831 donald.richards02@comcast.net for registration, ASAP.

At HTAC, we have been promoting and actively participating in teaching ESL “English as a Second Language” to the Brazilian Community within French Hill Neighborhood and surround communities over the last several years.

As a Church-based ESL Outreach Ministry Program that changes the lives of students and teachers. Students learn and develop the skills necessary to function effectively in North America. Lifetime friendships are begun and nurtured. Spiritual lives are transformed as students are introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the local church-based ESL ministry that offered to meet their specific, felt need-the need to learn to speak English more effectively.

ESL provides a welcome awareness and relief to the student that promotes respect, acceptance and greater opportunities to grow in finding future employment and to provide a better quality of life.


Volunteer ESL teachers in church-based ministries impact the world as they demonstrate and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the students that God has sent to their communities and local ministries.

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What Do The Symbols In The Procession Represent?

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INCENSE  (when used) represents two aspects of our worship.  Firstly, we are entering into the presence of Almighty God in a very special way (through the fellowship of theChurch, the proclamation of His holy Word and through the holy Sacraments).  According to the … Continue reading

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Why A Procession?

The procession of the altar party (altar servers, choir members and clergy) represents the pilgrimage of the Church of Christ on earth.  As God’s people, we are on a journey.  Like the Israelites before us,God has called us out of slavery in Egypt (i.e., spiritual slavery to sin and death), through the waters of the Red Sea (i.e., the waters of baptism) and into the wilderness (i.e.,our life in this world).  Ultimately, like the Israelites who followed Joshua into the processionPromised Land, God is calling us to follow the new Joshua (Hebrew, for Jesus) into the Promised Land (i.e., heaven) to be with him forever. In the midst of our journey through the “wilderness” weproclaim the Good News of Jesus as we await His Coming in Glory!  We journey by faith, trusting not in ourselves, but in him who leads us, our Lord Jesus Christ. The Procession also represents our journey and ascension, through worship, to the Throne of God.  We believe that when we gather as the Church to worship Almighty God, we enter into heavenly places.  We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, by innumerable angels and by the spirits of those who have gone before us in faith and are now at rest. “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant…”(Hebrews 12:22-24). Even now, we are partakers in the promise to come.  “I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the House of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).

 

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Feast Of Saint Joseph

By Fr. Michael J. McKinnon
MARLBOROUGH, March 19, 2013
Today (Tuesday, March 19, 2013) is the Feast of St. Joseph, the Foster Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I know his Feast Day is not as popular as that of St. Patrick (at least not in New England), but it is a very special day to me. St. Joseph was a rare man in many ways. 1) Even before God spoke to him through His angel telling Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife for she had conceived her Child by the Holy Spirit, Joseph wanted to divorce Mary “quietly”. This was to protect her and her child. He could of exposed Mary’s supposed “sin” (being with child) and had Mary stoned to death according to the Law. Sadly, the pride of most men would have resulted in such a death for their betrothed. Joseph chose mercy over pride. He would have been ridiculed for having his betrothed leave him and if it became known that she was with child (and not his), he would loose the respect of many. Joseph was willing to suffer such ridicule in order for Mary and her Child to live. 2) Joseph was obedient to God. Even in the midst of things he could not possibly understand, he chose to put God before himself and the views of this world. He did not need to understand God’s ways or approve God’s plan before submitting to them. In doing so, Joseph played a large role in bringing salvation (i.e., Jesus) into this world. He walked humbly and obediently before his God. 1) Mercy. 2) A humble and obedient heart. 3) He cared for Mary and Jesus, taking them into his home and raising the Lord as his own child. Joseph adopted Jesus, the one through whom we would become the adopted children of God the Father. 4) Joseph taught the Child Jesus the Word of God (He who is the WORD of GOD) and took Him to the Temple (He who is the TEMPLE). Sadly, how many fathers these days are first to teach their children the Faith, the Word of God or the one to take them to church. There is lots to admire about this man, St. Joseph. As my dad use to say, “Son, if you want to be a good Christian, husband and father, if you want to be a “real man”, follow the example of Joseph”. Happy St. Joseph Day to you all!!!

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