As Anglicans, during the season of Lent, we participate in three traditional disciplines:
These disciplines are taken from the opening verses of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus begins each section of this sermon by saying:
“…when you give to the needy…” (Matthew 6.2)
“…when you pray…” (Matthew 6.5)
“…when you fast…” (Mathew 6.16)
Almsgiving is not a word that we use often today. We will often speak of “mission support” or “charity” or something similar. These terms certainly speak to the mission of God, and to His call for us to be a people of love, but the traditional term for the Lenten discipline has been simply “almsgiving.”
As explained by Archbishop Foley Beach, “Throughout the Church’s history, Christians have given alms as a Lenten discipline, following Christ’s command to love the lost and least. During Lent, the Anglican Church in North America encourages you to make giving to the poor central to your Lenten fast.”
Lenten Alms Giving 2019 – Rwanda
In the year 2000, the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda, or PEAR (Anglican Church of Rwanda) gathered a group of Anglican churches and Anglican missionary priests for a sustained mission in North America. Aiming to birth mission-oriented churches within the Anglican tradition PEAR encouraged bold gospel proclamation and clear-minded exposition of Scripture to both Christians and those not believing in Jesus who live in North America.
In 2008, as the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) was formed and incorporated into the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans through the inaugural GAFCON in Jerusalem, we joined in partnership with the new province in America. While the organization and composition of the mission has shifted since the formation in 2000, our mission in America has remained constant, embracing the reality of a global church whose center has shifted to the Global South. Our fellowship embodies this shift: infused by the evangelical spirit of the East African Revival, tangibly connected to the burgeoning global church, for local ministry in the places where our God has called us as his witnesses (1 Peter 1.1-2).
In support of all that the Anglican Church of Rwanda has given to us spiritually, we now give to our sister parishes in tangible ways that helps them make their communities safer and more self-sustaining.
We invite you to join in our Lenten Almsgiving. Each Sunday during Lent we will have a red basket at the front of the church to receive your Alms giving.
If you would like to give online simply click on the link below: