Mother Anne

Phone: (315) 350-4844 
Office: 9:30 am - Noon
Wednesday & Thursday
or by appointment
 

The Rev. Anne Wichelns was ordained to the priesthood on June 16, 2007, by the Right Rev. Gladstone B. Adams. She graduated from the Diocesan Formation Program in Central New York. In September 2013, she joined the Fulton/Oswego Faith Partnership. On July 1, 2015, Anne was called as  Priest-in-Charge to the Church of the Resurrection.  Prior to ordination, she taught high school English at Indian River Central High School, in Philadelphia, NY. She and her husband Jerry are co-vicars at St. Andrew’s Shared (Presbyterian/ Episcopal Ministry in Evans Mills, NY.


Anne likes to swim, camp, sing, read, and visit her children and grandchildren. She is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Margaret.

 
 

What's a Church for? Perspectives on the purpose we serve

Has it ever struck you that the people you worship with -- even in your own congregation -- may have a very different vision of what it means to be a church? To some people, church is where you go to get re-fueled for your life out in the world. To others, it's a confirmation of the good deeds they are doing and an encouragement to do more. To others, it's a time to reflect on all the ways we fall short of the glory of God and a time to re-orient their lives to God's purpose. To others, it's a time to get together with friends -- and see the face of Christ in one another.

There are other reasons, too numerous to mention, why people might seek God through the action of going to church, and many experiences people have, sometimes not directly related to whatever is being preached on that particular day, that can bring people closer to God. And then there's the crazy stuff, without which we wouldn't be human.

In this series, I'd like to explore the identity Christians have in coming together as God's people, the ways we find our purpose, and the ways we relate one with another. 

The different strata of self-definitions  we use about being church can mean that each member of the congregation gathered is standing in a different place, while seeming to be together as one body.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (NRSV)

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ 22On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.


What's your favorite metaphor for being Church, and how does your thinking affect the ways you interact with others and do the ministry God is calling you to do? 







Resurrection Clergy: We are blessed to have retired clergy Father Jeffrey Knox and Pastor Bruce Schrader at Church of the Resurrection. They are a valued part of the mission and ministry of the church. Pictured from left to right are Mother Anne, Father Jeff, and Pastor Bruce.


Lay Worship Leaders, Eucharistic ministers and visitors, acolytes, lectors, intercessors, teachers, and altar guild members  -- all are  integral to our worship. 


If you are interested in participating in worship leader ministries, please contact The Rev. Anne Wichelns or Rose Rockwell, Worship Chair.