I confess I’ve not yet read the full statement posted at the ACI and signed by 11 or more of the “Communion Partners” bishops. But from what I’ve skimmed of the blogs this morning and seen of the hostile reaction from TEC’s progressive wing (see: here, here, and here for starters) leads me to believe that commenter TJMcMahon at Stand Firm is right. The bishops that signed this statement need our prayers. Here’s what TJ wrote:
The Anglican Church of Kenya will be electing a new Primate on Friday. Here are some of the details:
The next head of the Anglican Church in Kenya will be known on Friday when the 150-member electoral college elects the archbishop of Nairobi.
“There is minimal contact allowed between the bishop and the person nominating them and the church does not allow for campaigns,” he said. Bishop Dena said the next archbishop must be a holder of at least a Masters degree in theology, be 45-60 years in age, be a well-known spiritual leader, development-oriented and have been a bishop for at least five years.
The college members — a diocesan bishop, two priests and two lay persons from each of the 30 dioceses — will gather at the All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi at 9am to elect, by secret ballot, the man to replace Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi.
The candidate will be installed and enthroned, the Anglicans say, as the head of the 4.5 million member church in a grand ceremony on July 5.
A public relations officer at the church’s headquarters on Wednesday said that the preparations for perhaps the biggest event in the church’s calendar this year are going on well. But church leaders declined to give reporters interviews “for fear that their remarks could work for or against one of the four candidates”.
In the contest are Maseno West bishop Joseph Otieno Wasonga, Kitale bishop Stephen Kewasis, Taita bishop Samuel Mwaluda and Bungoma bishop Eliud Wabukala. In an interview on Monday, the church’s equivalent of a secretary-general, Bishop Lawrence Dena said no direct campaigns were allowed and tomorrow’s election is considered a mere formality as the “head has already been identified by God”.
Read the whole article here.
Lord, go before the leaders of the Province of Kenya, with your most gracious favour, and guide them with your continual help, that in all their works begun, continued and ended in you, [and in the election of a new Primate], that they may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy receive everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks to Kendall Harmon for the heads up on this news, it had not been on my radar screen at all. (Maybe Jill knew of this, however. She’s the one who keeps track of events for our prayer calendar.)
The proclamation of the cross sounds like folly to many,
when in fact it is God’s wisdom.
What looks like powerlessness is God’s power.
What sounds like a tragedy is stunning victory.
The death that looks so shameful has established God’s honor.
What appears as a cause to mourn is a cause for inexpressible joy.
God has triumphed in the cross of Jesus, and we share the triumph with him.
– Michael Bird, Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission and His Message, 113
From Trevin Wax’s Kingdom People blog, a blog I’m really glad I bookmarked back in Advent. It’s become a favorite.
I found the prayer below posted at Beauty from Chaos and posted the link shortly after Easter, but did not post the prayer itself that day due to great busyness and a lousy internet connection. I’ve added the artwork and a short reflection.
If you were not risen,
Lord Christ, to whom would we go
to discover a radiance
of the face of God?
If you were not risen,
we would not be together
seeking your communion.
We would not find in your presence
wellspring of a new beginning.
If you were not risen,
where would we draw the energy
for following you
right to the end of our existence,
for choosing you again and anew?
— Brother Roger of Taize
Lord Jesus, remind us daily of the truth of Your resurrection that we might live in its fullness, and that we might wonder afresh at and experience the amazing truth of the fact that Your resurrection power is real and at work every day in the lives of each of us who has been baptized into Your death & resurrection!
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. (Luke 3:2b)
Holy Father, let your word come to us.
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, (Luke 3:3)
Holy Spirit, help all of us receive your word and go forth throughout this diocese calling people to repentance for the remission of their sins.
as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the lord; make his paths straight. (Luke 3:4)
Jesus, we ask your blessing on all those who are called to be witnesses where they are alone: bless them with the fellowship of your Holy Spirit.
Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; (Luke 3:5)
Jesus, transform the landscape of our lives — make the rough places plain and level out the hills and valleys of our lives so that we can go forward in you.
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'” (Luke 3:6)
Lord, we pray for all those whose hearts are not yet won to you that they will see and receive your salvation.
Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. (Luke 3:7-8 )
Holy Spirit, please help us be doers of the word and not hearers only.
And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Luke 3:9)
Father, protect us and this diocese from the wrath of evil persons and restore your church, let new life spring forth from it by the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for my people who are distracted by the things of the world and of the flesh. Pray they will turn their eyes back on me and seek my help to overcome temptation. Pray for a new birth, a new baptism in my Spirit for my wandering people. Pray they will be restored to me and be made whole once again.
Thursday: 18:1-20; Daniel 2:31-49; 1 John 2:18-29; Luke 3:1-14
Friday: 16, 17; Daniel 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-10; Luke 3:15-22
Notes from the Front Line
***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention that we will have good weather.
The Anglican Consultative Council will meet May 1-13.
Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, even as thou and he are one: Grant that thy Church, being bound together in love and obedience to thee, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom thou
didst send, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Weds., April 22, 2009; 1-1:30 p.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Deacon Alan Hart and Soon-To-Be-Deacon Scott Underhill.)
a–indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c–indicates received a Christ Church info card.
MOSES and BLANCHE — Young couple passing by stopped at the woman’s insistence (Moses was reluctant, but agreed.) Blanche said we have prayed for her alone here in the past and wanted prayers … “For US!”) She said Moses is the man she asked for prayers about in a recent stop at the Table.
JOE — Was going to pass by at first, but stopped and suggested we pray for “President Obama.” We prayed that our new president will be led by our Lord to make the best decisions he can to benefit the many people who are in need.
QUINN — This older man stopped by on his way from having just attended church service at St. Joseph’s. We prayed for his general well-being and that God will show Quinn signs today that He is working in his life.
t,c,a — DENISE — This young woman riding a bicycle saw the Table and stopped for prayer that she will soon conceive a child. We prayed that God will grant this woman her prayer if He deems it His will for her, and if so that she will be safe and protected throughout her term.
(A man on his way to work) — Pleasant man walking briskly past told us “Thanks!” but did not have time to stop.