When Fr. Jamal and I set out to plant an Anglican church in the Temecula, Murrieta valley this year with the ACNA we had a sense that it wasn't going to be a homogeneous evangelical church. And it wasn't going to look like an aging Episcopalian church either. We had a sense that SPCC was going to be a unique mix of the different cultures in our valley, and that it would reflect the reverence of the ancient faith, while maintaining accessibility for those that were new to the Anglican tradition, and to the Christian church.
However, even though we had a glimpse of what God was starting in our midst, the actual experience of seeing God bringing together such a diverse group of people has been exhilarating. On a typical (or rather atypical) Sunday morning we will worship with whites and blacks, the churched and unchurched, rich and poor, folks from Panama, Mexico, the Philippines and Lake Elsinore. And in spite of such colorful diversity and having Pentecostals, Baptists and Catholics in the same building, through the Gospel a new kind of community is beginning to form. Our church is spending time together, on Sunday mornings, and in our daily lives as well. And the bonds that we are forming, across so many potential barriers has a message to our wider community,
"they will know that you are my followers by your love for one another."- Jesus
May God continue to bring us glimpses of that eternal revelation in which every tongue, tribe and nation worship, united before the throne of Jesus. Amen.
Author: Cameron Lemons
Reflections from the pastor