April 22, 2010

I was stirred by Cherie Wetzel’s account of the GSE4 Bible studies and by Bishop Rennis Ponniah’s instruction of his children. I began reflecting on the metaphor of a chemoport.
A chemoport is a small device implanted under the skin beneath the collar bone. A tube runs through a large vein from the port into the heart. The chemotherapeutic drugs for the treatment of cancer are injected through the skin directly into the port.

That [Christ] might sanctify and cleanse [the church] with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:26

When the study of the Bible is the framework for daily living, it resembles the life-saving quality of a chemoport. The chemotherapy cleanses the body of cancer cells, but there is a toll to be paid from the side effects of the medication.
When we allow the Bible to interrogate our lives, it cleanses our spirit-man. We also pay a toll, by making sacrifices, but receive abundant life. Those parts of the Communion that gladly embrace such an infusion will not only survive but flourish.

Colossians 2:1-7

April 22, 2010

For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, (Colossians 2:1)
      Lord, thank you for the faithful and steady witness of your apostolic witnesses you have raised up for us in this diocese. Thank you for Bishop Bill in this diocese and for Bishop Harold in the Diocese of Down and Dromore.

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, (Colossians 2:2)
      Holy Spirit, please bring us each day the encouragement and riches of understanding of your purposes. Knit us together in a fellowship of love.

in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3)
      Jesus, please bring us to this treasure of wisdom and knowledge. Bless the teaching at the Diocesan Convention.

Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. (Colossians 2:4)
      Father, we cry out to you for your people — that you will protect them from all who would deceive them with persuasive words of deception.

For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. (Colossians 2:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us bring joy to our bishops by our good order and steadfastness of faith.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, (Colossians 2:6)
      Jesus, please help all of us in this diocese receive you as Messiah and Lord so that we may walk in you. Help us take up our cross and follow you.

rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:7)
      Father, let our common life as a diocese and our personal lives be built up on the foundation of apostolic teaching with Jesus as the chief cornerstone. Help us to be properly taught so that we abound in thanksgiving. Thank you.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Exodus 20:1-21; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Matthew 4:1-11
Friday: 105:23-45; Exodus 24:1-18; Col 2:8-23; Matthew 4:12-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Shall we gather at the river?”:
      A very old hymn about Our Eternal Destiny. by Robert Lowry, this is his story:
      One afternoon in July, 1864, when I was pastor at Hanson Place Baptist Church, Brooklyn, the weather was oppressively hot, and I was lying on a lounge in a state of physical exhaustion. My imagination began to take itself wings. Visions of the future passed before me with startling vividness. The imagery of the apocalypse took the form of a tableau. Brightest of all were the throne, the heavenly river, and the gathering of the saintsI began to wonder why the hymn writers had said so much about the river of death and so little about the pure water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb. As I mused, the words began to construct themselves. They came first as a question of Christian inquiry, Shall we gather? Then they broke in chorus, Yes, well gather. On this question and answer the hymn developed itself. The music came with the hymn.

***** Pray for the healing service at the Diocesan Convention. Pray that the power of the Holy Spirit will come upon all those how minister in this service. Anoint their hands; anoint their words that they may speak healing to all who come forward. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Global South Leaders

April 22, 2010

A great picture of some of the Global South leaders gathered in Singapore. Use it for praying for these leaders! The names identifying who’s who are found below.  (Click on the picture for the full-sized photo)

Global South leaders and the Presidnt of Singapore

1st Row, L-R: (GSPSC members) Bishop Albert Chama, Abp Mouneer Anis, Abp Peter Akinola, President Nathan, Abp John Chew, Abp Stephen Than, Abp Kolini, Abp Greg Venables

2nd Row: Bishop Anba Suriel, Bishop Johannes Seoka, Abp Eliud Wabukala, Abp Daniel Deng, Abp Nicholas Okoh, Bishop Stephen Kaziimba, Abp Valentini Mokiwa

3rd Row: Elder Fu XianWei, Abp Bernard Ntahoturi, Abp Ian Ernest, Abp Dabvid Vunagi, Mr Gu Mengfei, Bp Howard Gregory

Last row: Abp Jeffrey Driver, Bp Sunil Singh, Abp Bob Duncan, Abp Henri Isingoma, Bp John Howe, Bp Richard Ellena.

Picture credit:  Global South Anglican

There are lots more great photos available here.

St Philoxenus of Mabbug

April 22, 2010

One of our readers adapted the Communion Prayer of St Philoxenus of Mabbug as an intercession for the 4th Global South Encounter in Singapore, for the Anglican Communion and all of the Church, for each of us.

When you have extended your hands and taken the body, bow, and put your hands before your face, and worship the living Body whom you hold. Then speak with him in a low voice, and with your gaze resting upon him say to him:

When we gather, we are privileged to carry You, the Living GOD, Who is incarnate in the bread, and we embrace You in our palms, LORD of the worlds whom no world has contained.

You have circumscribed Yourself in a fiery coal within our fleshly palms–You LORD, Who with Your palm measured out the dust of the earth. You are holy, GOD incarnate in my hands in a fiery coal which is a body. See, we hold You, although there is nothing that contains You; our bodily hands embrace You, LORD of natures whom a fleshly womb embraced. Within a womb You became a circumscribed body, and now within each hand, You appear to us as a small morsel.
You alone have made us worthy to approach You and receive You. You enable our hands to embrace You confidently–You make us worthy, LORD, to eat You in a holy manner and to taste the food of Your body as a taste of your life.

Instead of the stomach, the body’s member, may the womb of our intellect and the hand of our mind receive You. May You be conceived in us as You were in the womb of the Virgin. There You appeared as an infant, and Your hidden self was revealed to the world as corporeal fruit; may You also appear in each of us here and be revealed by us in fruits that are spiritual works and just labors pleasing to Your will.

And by your food may our desires be killed; and by the drinking of Your cup may our passions be quenched. And instead of just feeding the members of our human body, may our thoughts receive strength from the nourishment of Your Body. Like the manifest members of our body, may our hidden thoughts be engaged in exercise and in running and in works according to Your living commands and Your spiritual laws.

From the food of Your Body and the drinking of Your Blood may we grow in integrity and unity and wax strong inwardly, and excel outwardly, and run diligently, and attain to the full stature of an interior human being, individually and corporately. May we each and in our global and local covenant communities, become more like The Perfect Man, mature in intelligence, residing in all our spiritual members, our head being crowned with the crown of Thy perfection, obedient to the Word and Command of Your Father in all of our behavior. May we, Your Church, become a royal diadem in Your hands, as You promised us, O hidden GOD whose manifestness we embrace in the perfection of Your Body.


Bishop Ng Moon Hing: Prayer is Essential

April 22, 2010

An excerpt from the bishop’s plenary on missions and ministry at GSE4:

‘No fish can swim without water’. Similarly, no real mission can be sustained without prayers. Private prayer and prayer supports are so essential that no mission worker can do without it. There are at least six reasons to pray.

◦We pray for protection against evil attacks. We are into a spiritual battle not against flesh and blood but against powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12).
◦We pray for God’s leading and guidance to journey with Him in His Will that the workers of the Lord will lead a life worthy of the Lord (Col 1:10) “Not my will but your will be done.”
◦We pray for open doors and souls to be ready to hear God’s word and respond favorably to Him (Col 4:3).
◦We pray for more workers go to the Lord’s harvest (Matt 9:38).
◦We pray for vision, passion, love, hope and zeal for the lost souls and the enlightenment of the workers of the Lord (Eph 1:18).
◦We pray for churches to support and stand with the workers of the Lord’s harvest (Eph 6:18).

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