From the Bishop

The Most Revd T. Creighton Jones

Archbishop Emeritus, Interim Rector,

Founder of Good Shepherd Anglican Church

On this page you can regularly check in to learn from Bishop Jones on church, theology and more.

A Special Welcome!

FROM ++ABP. JONES….

First of all, let me thank you for visiting with us. Since you are looking at our website, I suppose you might be curious as to who we are and just what our belief structure might include.

We are descendants of the old Church of England.  The word Anglican comes from the Latin phrase… ecclesia anglicana. This is a Medieval Latin phrase dating back to at least 1246. It simply means ‘the English Church’.

We are a liturgical church.  This means that our services are pre-planned according to the seasons of the church year.  Although we normally celebrate the Mass of Holy Communion every Sunday at Good Shepherd, we occasionally include other services such as Morning and Evening Prayer and Compline.  All of our services are prescribed in the either the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the 1662 English Book of Common Prayer, the 1929 Scottish Book of Common Prayer and the 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer. My weekly sermons are based on the lectionary scriptures and can be found on this website or our Facebook page…Good Shepherd Orthodox Anglican Church. 

We are a “Bible believing church.”  We believe that God inspired holy men to write the scriptures.  As such, the Old and New Testaments are divinely inspired, and contain all things necessary to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

We also believe that Christian marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. And while we do not condone or encourage divorce, we understand that relationships are not always perfect and sometimes marriages fall apart for a wide variety of reasons.  And so, we do not withhold the sacrament of Holy Communion from those who are divorced.  We believe that the Sacrament of Communion has healing properties and might be of assistance in curing wounded souls.

Finally, from a personal standpoint, our church is a collection of people who not only like worshipping together but enjoy hospitality together as well.  We join for a period of hospitality after church services every Sunday and experience other social activities as a group throughout year.

If you are looking for a church where you can seriously worship God without a lot of distractions with a group of like-minded and loving Christians, I invite you to join us on Sunday at 11:00 AM.  If I can answer any questions about our church or our worship practices, beliefs, traditions etc. please call or e-mail me.

Archbishop Creighton Jones

843-333-3391

creogo@earthlink.net

Lenten Season

With the Lenten season upon us, Bishop Jones has provided an explanation of two important services;

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, February 16th @ 6:00 PM

Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent.  Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo. The definition of shriving (shrive oneself) means to present oneself to a priest for confession, penance, and absolution.  In the “Olde English Church” Lent was a time of strict abstinence, of giving things up.  So, Shrove Tuesday became a last time to indulge in foods such as meat, fats, eggs, and milky foods.  In order not to waste such foods, families would have a feast on the Shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn’t last through the forty days of Lent.   The need to eat up the fats gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras; meaning “Fat Tuesday”.  Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

Ash Wednesday (The Imposition of Ashes) February 17- Noon and 6:30 PM

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  These words are also found in the final prayer at the graveside funeral service in the Book of Common Prayer… “UNTO Almighty God we commend the soul of our brother departed, and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life”.  This day, these words and the act of wearing ashes on our foreheads are all inward and outward reminders of our mortality as human beings and the need for reconciliation with God.  This service marks the beginning of the penitential Lenten season.

Let’s Talk About Lent

FROM ++ABP. JONES….

Let’s talk about Lent…

Lent is a Penitential season.  Penitential meaning repentant, atoning or contrite.  Perhaps a simpler meaning might be sorry, shameful or just plain regretful.  In other words, Lent is the 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays) set aside by the church as a period of time in which we are to prepare ourselves for the Resurrection of Our Lord by paying careful attention to our shortcomings.  Lent begins at midnight on Ash Wednesday and continues until the Saturday before Easter Sunday. The word Lent’ is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen’, and is observed in Spring when the days begin to get longer.

The season of Lent should be a very serious time in which we examine our lives and reflect upon the ways in which we, through our own rebellious nature have injured our relationship with God.  The preparation for Easter should also cause us to reflect upon what our Lord endured for us on the cross.  Fasting and abstinence during Lent also are ways in which we can deny ourselves of some of the temptations and excesses of life that often get in the way of our communicating with God.

Finally, the joy of the Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Day re-enforces the promises of Jesus that upon our own deaths, we can expect eternal life with Him.   

I think the words from the closing prayer on Ash Wednesday sum up our efforts for the Lenten season… may (our efforts) through thy mercy be found meet to receive forgiveness of all our sins, and those good things which thou  hast promised to the penitent.