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.

 
 

Repentance to Resurrection: Following the Pattern

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We, along with our whole church, are moving through Lent into the Easter Season. Lent is an inward looking time of penitence and solemnity. Easter, with the Resurrection of our Lord, has a movement beyond ourselves, a season of light and joy that breaks all bounds. The light from Jesus’ Resurrection sets in stark relief the patterns of sunshine and shadow that mark this season of the year and of our lives. God makes a definitive answer to the question of sin and death.

 

Emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively, it’s a gigantic leap from Lent to Easter, and we take this leap from darkness to the light each year through the church calendar, coincidental to the time when winter definitively turns to spring, the snows melt, and all the crocuses begin to bloom. The pattern of our worship ties with our experiences of nature and the world around us – at least in this hemisphere!

 

People are good at discerning patterns and making meaning of them. Sometimes we even make patterns and meanings that aren’t there, or we are distracted and fail to discern a clear message that lies before our eyes. The message of Easter is that God’s rule stands squarely with life, justice, and freedom from the sin that binds us to the grave.

 

Throughout our lives, we gather information to piece together to make patterns that make sense of our world. We see struggles going on around us and we push back against them, as well we should. By paying attention, we help those in need, lend a hand to those going through a hard time, treat with kindness those who walk across our path. What is the larger pattern? people often ask. Is there justice and peace in the world, and how can I be a part of that pattern? Our relationships with people at church, in our families and the community can help us be part of the larger pattern through the ways we treat one another. Sometimes, events of the world give us a sense of disconnect between our understanding of God’s law and what we see happening around us. How do we keep the faith?

 

When I was a child in Sunday School, we had our own worship service. Since, in those days, we couldn’t receive communion until after Confirmation, every week we worshipped God according to the Order for Morning Prayer. We sang the Venite to a bright little tune of Anglican chant. The part that struck me deeply is found in our current Book of Common Prayer, on page 44 – 45. The last section of the Venite, is taken from Psalm 96, verses 9 & 13, and this is the part I mean:

 

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

     Let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *

     And with righteousness to judge the world and the peoples with his truth.

 

This psalm made a great impression on me, and I think of verse 9 every time I worship at Church of the Resurrection, where we worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

 

But it is the last verse of the Venite that struck me then and sticks with me today. As a child, I wondered, as I sang, can this cheerful tune be about the Last Judgment, that scary time we see in paintings of individual souls condemned to Hell? What is this final word, this end time of judgment, when it comes as the ultimate line of a song we sing, week after week with perfect equanimity? Looking for the meaning of verse 13, I sought out Psalm 96, to read the line before it:

 

12 Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy

        before the Lord when he comes, *

   when he comes to judge the earth.

 

When the patterns of the world have become pulled awry, when justice, peace, and mercy are at war with each other, and when nature groans aloud in hope of a savior, it is then that the trees of the wood will shout for joy before the Lord when he comes, when he comes to judge the earth.  May we also have the goodness to come to share in that joy, despite our trepidation.

 

Jesus’ resurrection is the first step to making this pattern an eternal pattern, a pattern, independent of the turning of the seasons and the renewal of the earth in the green of spring. The Easter Season brings us in touch with a deeper truth that affirms God’s righteousness and love for us through the triumph of life over death, the making right of all creation. This presaging of the final judgment is Easter, this Resurrection, this hope of the world. It is a pattern made not by us, in our sometimes-unaware lives, but by God. 

 

 






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.