The Faces of GAFCON – part 2

October 26, 2013

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The photographers recording the GAFCON II conference this past week deserve a huge SHOUT OUT and a sustained wave of applause for capturing so many just absolutely STUNNING images.

These pictures bring to life just what it means to be One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church – a people bought by Christ to be His own from every tribe, tongue, people and nation.

Here are 30 or so of my favorite pictures from the week.

I publish these as an offering of praise to our great God who is by the Holy Spirit transforming us from glory into glory into the image of His Son.  How GOOD and PLEASANT it is when brothers dwell together in unity!

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A Maasai woman

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Laurel Moffatt from Australia with the Nigerian Mothers Union delegates

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Note: this photo is of Archbishop Kattey of Nigeria who was recently kidnapped. Praise God for his safety!

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Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina Bishop with Bishops from Sudan and Kenya

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Roll Call of Nations:  the Nigerian Delegation (470+ delegates!)

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An ACNA priest (right) with the Myanmar delegation – one of the smallest, a land of severe persecution!

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The faces of GAFCON

Gafcon 2 bishops pointing2331 Anglican Bishops Signaling that Jesus is the One Way to God!

Photo credits:

GAFCON 

ACNA

Anglican Mainstream

George Conger

DMHanke (via Twitter)

Karin Sowada (via Twitter)

Laurel Moffatt

Diocese of South Carolina


One another, part eight

April 23, 2013

1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 3:11
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

1 John 3:23
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

2 John 1:5
And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.


One another, part seven

April 22, 2013

James 4:11
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

James 5:9
Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.


One another, part six

April 21, 2013

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:16
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,

Hebrews 13:1
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.


One another, part five

April 20, 2013

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

Ephesians 5:21
[ Instructions for Christian Households ] Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Philippians 2:5
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:


One another, part four

April 19, 2013

1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.


One another, part three

April 18, 2013

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Romans 13:8
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Romans 14:13
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

Romans 15:7
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Romans 15:14
I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

Romans 16:16
Greet one another with a holy kiss.


One another, part two

April 17, 2013

Luke 2:15
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

John 13:14
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

John 13:34
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.


One another, part one

April 16, 2013

Leviticus 19:11
“‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another.

Judges 20:22
But the Israelites encouraged one another and again took up their positions where they had stationed themselves the first day.

Esther 9:22
as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

Jeremiah 9:20
Now, you women, hear the word of the Lord; open your ears to the words of his mouth. Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament.

Zechariah 7:9
“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.


Global Day of Prayer – Prayer for the World

May 27, 2012

Below is the full “Prayer for the World” used in prayer gatherings around the world today for the Global Day of Prayer.  We posted a few excerpts from this prayer last week.  I’m also posting the short introduction to the prayer.

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“They lifted their voices to God with one accord…”

Acts 4:24

PRAY WITH YOUR CHURCH, GATHER IN HOMES OR ASSEMBLE IN PUBLIC PLACES

 

United by a Prayer for the World, Christians from all over the world, from different cultures and denominations, from many diverse streams will gather in their homes, or where appropriate, assemble in stadiums, public auditoriums and open squares and many will devote portions of their Sunday morning Service to united prayer.

Some meetings will be small. Others will be large, but each one will be praying with the same vision of repentance and hope. As at the first Pentecost, we’ll worship God openly in Christ’s name and pray for the healing and blessing of the nations. As much as possible, we are seeking to gather in places beyond the walls of our church buildings.

On this day we are all praying with the world as we pray for the world.

A Prayer for the World

Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

We gather with believers all over the world,

to glorify You as Creator of heaven and earth.

You alone are holy and righteous.

We submit to Your authority.

We praise and adore You alone.


Father, we honour You

    Lord Jesus Christ, we honour You

    Holy Spirit, we honour You

Our Father in heaven,

Thank You for loving the world so much

that You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ,

to die on the cross for our sins

so that we could be reconciled to You.

Fill us with your love as we faithfully intercede for the lost,

the hopeless, the helpless and the world.
Thank You Father, for adopting us into Your family.

Lord Jesus Christ,

You died on the cross and

redeemed us to the Father by Your blood.

You are Head of the Church

and Lord of all heaven and earth.

Let Your kingdom be established in every nation of the world;

bring transformation among peoples of all tribes and languages,

so that righteousness and justice will prevail.

May Your Name be great, from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Jesus Christ, You are Lord of all.

Father of mercy and grace,

We have sinned.

Our world is gripped by the power of sin.

Our hearts are grieved by injustice, hatred and violence.

We are shamed by oppression, racism and bloodshed in our land.

We mourn all loss of life in murder, war and terrorism.

Our homes are broken and our churches are divided by rebellion and pride.

Our lives are polluted by selfishness, greed, idolatry and sexual sin.
God of mercy, forgive our sins.
Pour out Your grace and heal our land
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Spirit of the living God,

Transform Your Church into the image of Jesus Christ.

Release Your power to bring healing to the sick,

freedom to the oppressed and comfort to those who mourn.

Fill us with compassion

for the homeless and the hungry

for orphans, widows and the elderly.

Give us wisdom and insight for our world’s problems

to use the resources of the earth for the well-being of all.
Holy Spirit, guide us and lead us.

Lord Jesus Christ,

You destroyed sin, conquered death and defeated Satan.

Remove the veil of darkness that covers the peoples.

Restrain the evil that promotes violence and death.

Deliver us from demonic oppression.

Break the hold of slavery, tyranny and disease.

Help us to tear down strongholds and ideologies

that resist the knowledge of God.
Almighty God, deliver us from evil.

 

King of Glory,

Come and finish Your work in our cities, our peoples and our nations.

From all continents and islands we cry:
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Be lifted up ancient doors
so that the King of glory may come in!

Come fill the earth with the knowledge of Your glory

as the waters cover the sea.

The Spirit and the Bride say:


Amen! Come Lord Jesus!


A Prayer for Relational Messes and God’s Mercies

April 24, 2012

Pastor Scotty Smith posted a great prayer last week related to the ways we as believers often devour one another and how we need God’s mercy and grace to humble ourselves:

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Gal. 5:13-16

Forbearing Father, thank you for Scriptures like this one—those which chronicle our relational failures, foibles, and foolishness, as your beloved children. We’re not just prone to wander from you; we’re prone to hurt one another.

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Come, Holy Spirit, come. Grant us godly sorrow and deep repentance for the ways we hide the beauty of Jesus in our churches through our pettiness and selfishness, our divisiveness and cowardice; our wagging tongues and our walking feet. Because of our love for the gospel and your glory, let us grieve as those who understand what is at stake. In a day when the culture is looking for reasons not to believe the gospel, forgive us for adding to their ammo and salvo.

Forgive us, Jesus. You’ve made it clear that the world will know we are your disciples by the way we love one another. You’ve also made it clear that the quality of our relationships is one of the ways the world will believe that our Father sent you to be the Savior of the world (John 17:20-23). How sobering…

Bring the power of the gospel to bear upon our shared and broken life in the body of Christ. Grace doesn’t free us to love poorly, but to love generously, extravagantly, in keeping with how Jesus loves us. Grace isn’t a green card for self-indulgence; it’s a green light for humbling ourselves, repenting and reconciling. Grace is our only hope for serving one another in love. So very Amen we pray, in your holy and loving name.

I add my Amen to this prayer which has proven very timely and a great help to me personally in the past few days.

The full prayer is here.


Canterbury on Rosh Hashanah

September 11, 2010

Archbishop Rowan Williams posted a reflection on Rosh Hashanah. In it, he asks, “Shall we be able to pray together for peace and justice?”
From Sternhold and Hopkins’ Psalter, Psalm 122:

To pray let us not cease
for Jerusalem’s peace:
Thy friends God keep in amity;
Peace be thy walls about,
And prosper thee throughout
thy palaces continually.


Motion, sound, and fruitfulness

September 25, 2009

I’ve been reflecting upon the order of events in the creation story:
–The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
–And God said
Let there be . . . .
Movement followed by sound followed by fruitfulness. The same pattern is present in other stories, like the walls of Jericho coming down.
Take note of God’s instructions of the design of the hem of priest’s ephod (Exodus 28:33-34, 39:24-26): pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet alternating with golden bells. (This is the only instance of bells in the scripture.) Every time the priest moved, the bells made sound.
Today a group of clergy is meeting with Bishop Duncan Gray. Join me in praying for them. JW

Dear Heavenly Father,
We cry out for the movement of the Holy Spirit over the chaos and darkness of the Episcopal Church within the Diocese of Mississippi and within this meeting. May Your Spirit be like the the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
Speak through Your servants. May Your truth ring out clearly. Let there be love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, and self-control. Command Your blessing, Lord, even life everlasting. Amen.
Psalm 133 NLT


Collect for the unity of the church

April 23, 2009

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.


Women’s World Day of Prayer

March 6, 2009

Prepared by the Christian Women in Papua New Guinea– 

Loving and merciful God, God of oneness and unity, though we have different cultures, languages, colours and traditions, we are one in your Spirit. Thank you for opening our inner hearts to see the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who has united us. Though we are many members, in Christ we are one body.

Let us go forth, empowered to make a difference so that people around the world will see and feel the oneness of Christ in this broken world, and be compelled to draw closer to God. May the source of oneness and unity bind us together with his endless love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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