Welcome to Anamchara Faith Community

Welcome to the web home of Anamchara Faith Community! This is just a snapshot of our true identity, so we hope that it is helpful in getting to know us a little.

We are a diverse community of Christian women and men who are intent on living, in a very practical way, Jesus' commandment to love God, love neighbor and love oneself. Not an easy task and impossible without support.

In Anamchara Faith Community we work together and support one another so that the reality of Christ celebrated on Sunday evenings in Word and Eucharist is taken and shared with the world every other day.

I invite you to explore our website. Our "About Us", "Photo"and "Testimonial pages" will give you a better view of our community. You can also read our weekly newsletter or listen to a podcast of each Sunday's teaching.

If you have questions or would like to talk, please feel free to contact me.

Peace be with you.

Fr. Michael, pastor

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Lenten Prayer

Dear SoulFriends,

The season of Lent gives us an opportunity to deepen our prayer life.

We will, most likely, take a little more time for personal prayer perhaps when walking alone in bright sunshine on a cold crisp day. It may be that we plan to celebrate Eucharist with others during the week at noon. Or, Stations of the Cross on Fridays.

During this Lenten Season, members of Anamchara Faith Community will pray Compline (Night Prayer) together. At 7:00pm on Sunday evenings each of us, in the quiet and comfort of our own home, will join with other sisters and brothers in either reciting or singing compline.

You can follow along singing with the Trappist Monks of Gethsemani, Kentucky.

If you would like to join us in this unique monastic prayer, we will provide you with a PDF of the prayer.
Just message me through Facebook or email.

Let us make this a prayerful Lent.

Fr. Michael
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Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving

Dear community,

It is good and wise thing that we are gathered together to mark the beginning of the Lenten Season.

During Lent we practice with ever more zeal, prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent is a time of reevaluating—of taking an inventory of what is needed and what is perhaps not needed.

We hope that our Lenten discipline of fasting will clear space in us so that there will always be more room for Christ. Room for Christ in our prayer, in our Sunday gatherings, in our devotion, in our humble service and most of all in our practice of compassion.

During Lent we also ask ourselves how well we are doing with almsgiving. How much do we share? Giving is sacrificial. Therefore it hurts a little but is an essential spiritual practice.

Sisters and brothers, we pray that our Lenten discipline of prayer, fasting and almsgiving will sharpen our appetite for Christ—the risen Lord whom we will celebrate at Easter.

In the mean time, we journey together. We practice patience with one another as each of us confronts his/her own challenges along the way. There will be struggle for we are entering Lent. Like Jesus we must do more than talk the talk—we must walk the walk.

And we walk the walk with him. We walk the walk with each other—in gentleness, kindness, mercy and compassion.

The alleluias will come. But not yet. It’s not the right time. This season our cry is for mercy and for direction.

Lord, Jesus, hear our prayer.

Peace be with you.

Fr. Michael
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Dear Soulfriends,

It was a coolish morning in mid March. We had camped out on the Negev, snorkeled in the Red Sea and travelled through Egypt to one of the most holy sites in the world.

We could see the monastery at the foot of the mountain. The great Saint Catherine’s monastery which was founded in the sixth century.

We had arrived at the foot Mt Sinai—believed by many to be the place where Moses received the ten commandments. We were all eager to go up.

And climb the mountain, we did! All the way up to where it was quiet and cool. It was incredibly moving. And like other experiences in the Holy Land, I knew that something had happened. My heart felt different. I was energized and my passion for my life in Christ increased dramatically. I really didn’t want to leave. But, of course, I had to. We all did!

It can be arduous. Very rocky. Our foot may slip. We may feel as if we are going to fall into oblivion. The forest may be thick and frightening. We are not sure which way to go. At times it is cold--at other times it is extremely hot. In fact, we are never quite sure what is around the next corner--what will happen next.

This is life! it can be difficult. Scott Peck, in his book The Road less Travelled was right. Life is difficult. Or, maybe a more nuanced version could read, “Life has it’s difficulties!” There is not one of us here that doesn’t know that.

My sisters and brother, the spiritual life has often been described as a journey up the mountain. Both modern and ancient writers have used the metaphor of climbing the mountain in their work because it so easily conjures up in our own consciousness the concept of journey with its myriad trials, obstacles and challenges: its accomplishment and the joy of reaching the summit--that place in the clouds that is other worldy. Up there at the top of the world. Close to God, it is thought.

Jesus, with his companions Peter, James and John, climbed the mountain together. And while we have no detailed account of each step of the way, the challenges of their journey are all throughout the gospels: fear of the unknown, slipping back into unbelief and other incidents which illustrate that the journey was arduous—maybe even frightening.

The beauty of this story is that these disciples have made it to the top. They have come to a place where they have done enough work that a spiritual experience--a gift --awaits them. They enter the cloud of unknowing and are then admitted to a divine moment wherein earth and heaven meet. They see Moses and Elijah. They now have an insight into the divine plan. It is a powerful moment and they want it to last.

And who wouldn’t want it to last? Why wouldn’t Peter, James and John want to build tents and remain there?
It makes sense.
On the mountain, these ordinary men had a profound spiritual experience. “And while Jesus was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” They listened with the ear of the heart and heard the message: “This is my Son, my Chosen. Listen to him.” They had received a gift. Listen to him.

In that unique encounter with the divine, these disciples were transformed.

Sisters and brothers, once again, these holy scriptures from which we read each and every week, do not chronicle the daily movements of Jesus of Nazareth and his followers. They are post-resurrection reflections—stories recounting people’s experience of the Holy Spirit’s continued work after the death and resurrection of Christ. Remember always that his story is our story.

The transformation/transfiguration story of today’s gospel from Saint Luke is not simply an account of what might have happened on a mountain top 2000 years ago in Palestine, it is inspiration! It is promise to the millions of Christians who year by year, day by day, sometimes minute by minute, trudge up the mountain of life with hope that they will encounter Christ and be transformed with him and into him.

My dear soul friends, you and I are offered the gift of transfiguration every week here in this gathering of fellow climbers. We have had our week with its thick forests where we cannot see, those slippery stones on which we falter and fall, sharp edges where we get hurt and experience pain. But each week, when we gather here we join hands with others who share the road with us. Each week we are reminded of the promise of new life, better life, healing and renewal of spirit. Each week we are invited to partake in the greatest meal of all times when we actually become more and more of what we eat and drink: the body and blood of Christ.

Dare to attempt the mountain, dear people. Keep on walking, reach out for a helping hand along the way, keep the promise in your heart and before your eyes. You will reach the summit where Christ is waiting and ready to share his inmost self with you.

You will be transfigured. That is the promise.
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