Victor Hoagland: The Thomas in All of Us

April 27, 2009

Victor Hoagland had a good meditation on the Apostle Thomas and a prayer for the renewal of our faith at his blog last week.  Here’s an excerpt:

That’s why Thomas, the apostle, whom we remember on the 2nd Sunday of Easter, is such an important figure. Far from being a lonely skeptic, an isolated dissenter, he represents the slowness of heart and mind, the recurrent skepticism, that affects us all.

His story, rather than raising doubts, is a reminder that the Risen Jesus offers, even to the most unconvinced, the power to believe.

Lord Jesus,
you showed your apostle Thomas
the wounds in your hands and side
and called him to believe in you,
as Lord and God.

Risen and present everywhere,
bless those who have not seen
and renew our world of doubt
and weakened faith.

Bless us, Lord, with the love
that flows from your wounds,
Renew our faith
and help us to grow
in believing in you.

Province III Synod and ECW meeting

April 27, 2009

The Province III Synod & ECW Pre-Triennial Meeting
“Preparing for General Convention”

Martinsburg, West Virginia
April 26—28, 2009

Scheduled to attend the Synod from the Church Center (“815”) are:
Ms. Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies
The Reverend Gregory S. Straub, Executive Officer of General Convention
Ms Terry Parsons, Program Officer: Diocesan Services
Mr. N. Kurt Barnes, Treasurer


To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.  Psalm 25:1

To You, O Lord, we lift up the souls of those attending this meeting.  Confide in those who fear You.  Make Your covenant known to them.  May they keep their eyes on You.  Release their feet from the snare.  Amen.

New Primate of Kenya: Eliud Wabukala

April 27, 2009

A new Primate was elected in Kenya last Friday.  I find it a bit interesting to have to rely on secular media for both the news of the election and the results… ACNS has nothing about this yet.

Wabukala elected as Anglican Church head

Bishop Eliud Wabukala has been elected as the new archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK).  The Archbishop-elect, formerly of Bungoma diocese was elected in a ceremony that lasted over five hours at the All Saints Cathedral. He won on a simple majority, after they all failed to garner the mandatory two thirds of the votes. He beat three other contestants including Joseph Wasonga of Maseno West diocese, Samson Mwaluda of Taita Taveta diocese and Stephen Kewasis of Kitale diocese.

Speaking to the press after his election, an elated Wabukhala expressed gratitude to the church for the peaceful transition. “I would like to thank the Anglican (church) and particularly the electoral college, for the peaceful election they have carried out, and for maintaining the integrity of the church,” he told reporters. He says he is ready to take the baton from where his predecessor, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi left, noting that the challenges are indeed opportunities.

“We know there are challenges to do with building bridges among our community, reconciling people and healing. We shall continue with where he has left. Our aim is to ensure the gospel is preached and taught, and possibly med [sic ??] to make people live it in this country” he added.

From here.

See also:  here, here, and here

Archbishop Wabukala will be enthroned on July 5 at a service at the All Saints Cathedral, but will assume office on July1.  Archbishop Nzimbi will still hold office until June 30.

Photo credit:  Anglican Church of Kenya

Update: Here is some more information about Bp. Wabukala from the Wycliffe College website from October 2008 (Bp. Wabukala is an alumni of Wycliffe and spoke there last fall.)

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala, W94

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Wabukala is the Bishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), Diocese of Bungoma. He chairs the ACK provincial Colleges Council and the ACK Constitutional Review Commission also known as ‘the Wabukala Commission’. A graduate of Wycliffe College, Makerere University and St. Paul’s College Limuru, Bishop Wabukala has previously served as an Academic Dean of St. Paul’s, a lecturer, and an administrator in the provinces.

The bishop, who earned his Masters degree at Wycliffe College, is chairman of the National Council of Churches of Kenya, a coalition of 29 protestant churches and para-church institutions.

His ministry goal is “to reach the entire nation with a holistic gospel which informs all of life.” His focus is “not on numbers, but the entire nation.” His own diocese, the Diocese of Bungoma, has 200,000 to 300,000 persons, which is made up of 50 parishes. There are 300 churches (10 churches to one parish).

Most recently, Bishop Wabukala has been an instrumental member of a peace planning commission with the Kenyan government to find a solution to the politically-instigated violence in that country. Kenya’s political unrest was sparked by the irregularities in the national elections in late 2007 where the opposition leader Raila Odinga appeared to have won the poll. Between 500 – 1, 000 people died as a result of the violence.

Easter Quotes: God’s Resounding “Yes!”

April 27, 2009

James Gibson has this excellent Easter post at his blog, Sanctus:

The New Testament is the answer to all the questions posed in the Old Testament. Psalm 88:10-12 asks,

Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the departed rise up to praise you?
Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
Are your wonders known in the darkness,
or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

What is the New Testament’s answer?

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)

[Jesus said,] “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25)

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25a)

In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above the heavens, that he might fill all things. (Ephesians 4:9-10)

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Revelation 14:13).

The Psalmist asks, “Do you work wonders for the dead?” Jesus Christ, in dying and rising again, answers with a resounding, “YES!”

Luke 4:17-19

April 27, 2009

So he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:16-17)
      Jesus, please open the word to us as well.

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, (Luke 4:18a)
      Holy Spirit, come on us with your power and comfort.

Because he has anointed me (Luke 4:18b)
      Holy Spirit, we ask for your anointing.

To preach the gospel to the poor; (Luke 4:18c)
      Father, please help us preach the gospel to the poor as well; help us meet your people where they are.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Luke 4:18d)
      Jesus, please heal the brokenhearted among us.

To proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18e)
      Father, we cry out to you for all those who are held captive, whether by pirates, terrorists, or whomever: set them free.

      We pray for those who are captive to drugs or alcohol: set them free.

      We pray for those who are captive to generational cycles of poverty: set them free.

      We pray for those who are in jail or prison: set them free.

      Help all of these find their freedom in your son Jesus.

And recovery of sight to the blind, (Luke 4:18f)
      Jesus, let light shine forth for the spiritually blind and put your hand on the eyes of the physically blind to heal them.

To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18g)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for all who have lost their jobs, their health insurance, or are under any kind of oppression that you would bring them to liberty.

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:19)
      LORD, you are in charge of our times and our seasons: let this be a year where your glory and provision are made manifest to your people. Thank you.

      A word received for teaching the adult Sunday School class: Pray for my intervention in the class. Pray for my word to pierce the hearts of the class. Pray for my word to have power in the lives of those in the class.

Monday: 25; Daniel 4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30
Tuesday: 26, 28; Daniel 4:28-37; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 4:31-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Jesus, draw your people to the Diocesan Convention for the renewal of their lives. Pour out your Holy Spirit on all who go there. Please intervene in the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this summer and turn it around.

Albany Intercessor

More profiles on ACC laity

April 27, 2009

The Church of Pakistan (United)
Mr Humphrey Peters
General Secretary of the Church of Pakistan. His brother, Rev Geoffrey Peters, is a priest in York, England. In 2005, endorsed resolution that TEC and ACoC withdraw from the ACC, as requested by the primates.

The Episcopal Church in the Philippines
Mr Floyd Lalwet
Floyd Lalwet is the National Development Officer of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP). He also serves as the Associate Chancellor and in-house Legal Counsel of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, and as the Deputy Director for the National Legal Aid Committee of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines of The Episcopal Church in The Philippinesf The Episcopal Church in The Philippines, serves on the Anglican Consultative Council.
Rev. Mark Harris of TEC Executive Council is a canon of The Episcopal Church of the Philippines and writes about his friendships there. Photograph from the Joint committee of the Philippines Covenant meeting 2007.

Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda
Mrs Jane Dinah Mutoni
Member of the International Anglican Women’s Network.

The Scottish Episcopal Church
Mr John Stuart
Provincial treasurer. Sent a letter, on behalf of SEC bishops, to Gregory Cameron, suggesting an alternate approach to the covenant, that each province (or diocese) develop its own covenant relationship with the Archbishop of Canterbury. In other words, there would be multiple covenant documents, all with the Archbishop. Provinces could comment on and seek to influence the covenants of other provinces.

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5,6

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