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Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

Charlestown, NH
Report for the Northeast Anglican
Dec. 2018


Subdeacon Scott Our Fall calendar has been busy at Good Shepherd. On Saturday, September 8, Bishop Marsh ordained Mr. Scott Chase to the Sacred Order of Deacons.

Fr. Stephen Rugg, Trinity Anglican Church, White River Junction, Vermont gave the Ordination Sermon.

The Very Reverend Christian Canon Tutor, All Saints Anglican Church, Concord served as Master of Ceremonies, Fr. Art Bennett presented Mr. Chase to the Bishop, and Fr. David W. Moody served as acolyte.

Refreshments followed the service in the parish hall with the presentation of gifts from the parish to our new deacon.





Blessing of the Badges


On Saturday, September 29, we celebrated the Feast of St. Michael's and All Angels with Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by the Blessings of the Badges at the Charlestown Fire Station at 10 a.m. Fr. Art, a former police officer, organized this annual event to show community support for the first responders. Charlestown clergy gave mediations about service and sacrifice for others and offered prayers for the police, fire, and emergency personnel. Fr. David blessed the badges place on a table by first responders and their vehicles. Participants also received a St. Michael's and All Angels key chain.

The following Sunday, Fr. Art read the Order of Morning Prayer from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer at Revolutionary War Weekend at Fort at No. 4.

In late October, Bishop Marsh, Fr. David, Dcn. Scott, Jeanne Moody, and Aare Ilves attended the Clericus and DNE Synod in Poland Springs, Maine. We were delighted to see many friends from past Synods and to catch up.

On Saturday evening, October 27, Fr. David blessed the meal at the annual Harvest Dinner at the Fort at No. 4.

Phil Turner, our Junior Warden, organized the third Soli Deo Gloria musical thanksgiving service held this year on Saturday, November 3 in the sanctuary of St, Luke’s Church in Charlestown.

Each church in Charlestown and several from away, presented choral and instrumental selections.

The event was well attended and gave us a chance to sing together a variety of hymns and religious songs from different traditions.

Birthday   Birthday

Finally, we celebrated a series of birthdays at our Sunday services: Jeanne Moody (October 25), Bp. Brain Marsh (November 7), and Dcn. Scott Chase (November 14). Each birthday was celebrated with a blessing of the child of God during the service followed by a cake, candles, and a card in the parish hall. This year, Fr. David had the honor of blessing the Bishop – "Watch over thy child, O Lord…" – something that he had yearned to do for years.


We wish all our friends in the Diocese of the Northeast a profitable Advent, a joyful Christmas, and a healthful New Year.

God bless us everyone.

Submitted by the Rev. David W. Moody

Submitted by the Rev. David W. Moody