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Sept 19 – Mr Lyle Lewis to be ordained a deacon at Living Water Anglican Church (Athabasca, AB)
October 12 – Service in Edmonton to recognize
transfer of the Rev Robert Gomowed to ANiC
October 14 – The Rev Denys Scully to be
ordained a priest at Resurrection (Brandon,
November 4 – Pastor Shafeghat (Christ the Redeemer,
North Vancouver) to be ordained a deacon
November 14-16 – ANiC Synod and episcopal
election in Ottawa
March 4-6 – ACNA’s 2013 Anglican 1000 church planting summit in Wheaton,
March 12-14 – 2013 ANiC Clergy
Retreat at Cedar Springs, Washington
April 18-19 – Regional ANiC assemblies in
both Vancouver and Burlington
May 13-15 – ACNA clergy women’s retreat in Woodbridge,
October 2013 – GAFCon 2 (specific dates and location
to be announced)
Bishop Stephen and Nona and family are in need of
special prayer as they grieve the death of Bishop Stephen’s father, Kin-cheung Leung,
in Hong Kong on September 9. Bishop Stephen has canceled plans to spend a two
month sabbatical in China and will now devote the time to his mother in Hong Kong.
The funeral will take place on September 21 in Hong Kong. Please pray for Bishop
Stephen’s family, especially his mother, Grace.
The Rev Liba Straznicky will be ordained by Bishop Don
Harvey to the priesthood on September 30 at 4pm. The service, at which Bishop Charlie
will be preaching, will be held at Faith Anglican, Cambridge Public
School, 2123 Route 500 West, Embrun, Ontario (near Ottawa). All are invited!
New work beginning in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island
The Rev Doug Patstone is beginning to gather a
group in the Ladysmith area with the hope that a church plant will result. If
you, or someone you know, lives in the area and would like to get involved,
please contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pray for Synod 2012
in Ottawa will mark ANiC’s 5th anniversary as an ecclesial (Church) structure. From
two churches, two priest, two deacons and two bishops, we’ve grown to 67
congregations (including forming congregations) and 160 clergy – including
six bishops, active and retired.
haven’t registered, you can do so now. See our website for full
moderator Bishop Don Harvey asks that you pray specifically and often for this
important electoral synod which will elect our next moderator to take up the mantle
of leadership when Bishop Don retires in mid-2014. The Rev Garth Hunt has
prepared the following prayer for us to use:
for ANiC synod 2012
God, You have demonstrated Your favour and covenant faithfulness to Your people,
both in the accounts of Scripture and in the experience of the Church through
the centuries. We thank You for Your tender care for ANiC and our local congregations
over our brief history.
us, we pray, by Your Spirit with Wisdom and Power at our upcoming Electoral Synod.
Preside as Lord and King over all that transpires. Grant discernment and unity
to all delegates. Protect us from any snares of the evil one, and may all that
is decided be in complete accordance with Your perfect will for ANiC. This we
ask in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen
Parish and regional news
St Matthias and St Luke (Vancouver) will host a Uganda mission presentation September 30 at 1pm. Parishioner, Kurt Petersen,
will present his missionary project, Pennies 4 Change, which is designed to
serve and minister to Ugandans and share the Gospel. Kurt has a powerful
personal testimony and moving accounts of changed lives in Uganda. All are
invited. A simple lunch will be served and a free will offering taken to help
the work of Pennies 4 Change. More information is available the church website and Facebook page.
St George’s (Burlington,
ON) has updated its website.
Have a look! And while you are on the website, be sure to see their one-minute video. St George’s has produced a very short, very creative
video to simply present the Gospel.
Edmonton, AB – On October 12, Bishop Don will
be meeting with a forming congregation in Edmonton which serves primarily Canadians
of Filipino origin. The meeting and fellowship time begins at 5:30pm and will
celebrate the licencing of the congregation’s pastor the Rev Robert Gomowed. It
will be at the Mac Café & Juice Bar, 16615 – 83 Avenue, Edmonton. The
congregation already meets weekly, usually on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon,
in a variety of locations, but is looking for a church facility to rent. Please
pray for this forming church.
Christ the King (Toronto, ON) has started a four-month intensive study of Galatians. People in the Toronto
area are invited. Please pray with Christ the King parishioners that God will
use this study to bring the Good News of freedom in Christ to many in Toronto.
Please email parish news to Marilyn or call 1-866-351-2642 ext 4020.
Church in North America (ACNA) news
Ugandan Archbishop-elect visits ACNA diocese
Archbishop-elect Stanley Ntagali’s recent visited
the US to serve as co-consecrator, alongside ACNA’s Archbishop Bob Duncan who
was the chief consecrator, for the first bishop of the newly formed Diocese of
the Carolina, Bishop Steve Wood. Ntagali has a long-standing relationship with
many in the ACNA and especially Archbishop Bob. The Diocese of Pittsburgh website
reports that Ntagali “has invited Duncan to preach at his
enthronement as the Primate of the Church of Uganda on December 16 in Kampala, Uganda.
This invitation is part of Ntagali’s vision to strengthen ties between the Anglican
Church in North America and the Church of Uganda. “We need to strengthen our
relationship with the new Province in North America. I am fully committed to
the vision of GAFCON and supporting the Anglican Church in North America,” he
the current edition of the weekly Anglican Unscripted
video, Kevin Kallsen and the Rev George Conger discuss, among other things, ACNA’s
steps and missteps in moving toward geographically based dioceses.
There is an initiative afoot to launch an Anglican Campus
Fellowship t colleges and universities around North America. This week's short Anglican Perspective
video provides insight into the hopes of those involved in this initiative
which is designed to “identify and disciple and recruit young college aged men
and women who will become the future church planters, pastors and lay leaders
in the Anglican Church in North America”.
those following the Anglican Mission in America, more articles have been posted,
some of which may be unnecessarily harsh in criticizing the various parties:
mess: Clash of wills, power struggles & theological direction mark AMIA-ACNA
priest calls on AMiA/ACNA leaders to build united Anglican witness
SC: AMiA leader responds to Archbishop Duncan’s letter
news in brief
The renewal movements in the Anglican, Presbyterian,
and United Churches have combined to present the 13th annual Renewal Network Conference, "Preparing for God's Renewal",
to be held on Saturday, November 10 from 9am to 3:45pm in Chedoke Presbyterian
Church, 865 Mohawk Road West, Hamilton, Ontario. The keynote speaker is Dr Brian
Irwin. For information or to register, call 416-233=6581 or email email@example.com.
A South Carolina Episcopal Church rector reports that the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Fredericton is struggling. The Very
Rev Dr Charles Owens was invited to minister at the diocesan
clergy retreat. He reports “barring a miracle, two-thirds of the Anglican churches [in the diocese] will close by 2020
and the diocesan structure in place for two centuries will become unsustainable
by 2015”. In inviting him to lead the clergy retreat, the bishop had asked that
he “present a graceful
way forward that would preserve an orthodox remnant with renewed faith in God's
provision and a strong sense of mission to others.”
The Vancouver Sun
reports that a pair of 17th century Qing
dynasty chairs found in the Anglican Church of Canada’s St Matthias (Victoria, BC)
fetched $630,000 at auction last week – a “windfall” for the struggling congregation.
The people of ANiC’s Christ the King (Victoria) left the St Matthias building
and contents behind when they voted to join ANiC in March 2009.
Archbishop of Canterbury – In an interview
with the Telegraph, perhaps the last major media interview before he
steps down, the Archbishop of Canterbury mentions that “the Church is
considering spreading the load to a …“more presidential figure” alongside the Archbishop
of Canterbury.” He says this would result in, “…a very different communion,
because the history is just bound up with that place, that office. So there may
be more of a sense of a primacy of honour, and less a sense that the Archbishop
is expected to sort everything.”
The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Canon
Kenneth Kearon, immediately issued a “correction”,
saying that “The
opening paragraph of this article is mischievous… There are no such plans [to
introduce a president to take on the global leadership role]. The Archbishop of
Canterbury simply said in the interview that he could see that in the future
there might be some reflection on how the administrative load associated with
the Anglican Communion might be better shared. The Anglican Communion has
several decision-making bodies, one of which is meeting in a few months' time. Nothing
like what this newspaper has suggested is on the agenda."
Canon Phil Ashey of the American
Anglican Council says, in his Anglican Perspective
video, that Dr Williams has misdiagnosed the problem in the Anglican
Communion. While Dr Williams believes the problem is relational and
administrative. Canon Ashey says the root problem is doctrinal: “It is about fundamental
denials of the basics of the faith by the Episcopal Church and others…”
Female bishops – The Anglican Communion
News Service reports that the Church of England House of Bishops has approved a revision to the draft legislation
that would allow women bishops. This legislation will be presented now to General
Synod at its next session, November 19-21. The House of Bishops’ revision
served to water down safeguards for parishes which cannot accept the ministry
of female bishops based on theological conviction. The Rev John Richardson (aka
the Ugley Vicar), believes those most negatively affected by the recent revision will be “Conservative Evangelicals”.
To succeed, the legislation requires a two-thirds majority in each of the
houses of bishops, clergy and laity.
The Church of the Province of West
Africa is holding a special synod at the end of September to consider splitting the province into
two: “"One to contain all the dioceses in Ghana and the other, the rest of
the six dioceses in Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon.” The
current Primate of West Africa, Archbishop Justice Akrofi retires in October.
In a high-profile
address, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh explained that it was only the Christian
teaching on the sanctity of life and Christian morality that was holding Christians
back from responding in kind to Islamist attacks. He called on the President to
act quickly to safeguard the survival of the Nigerian nation and said, “If Nigeria needs to rearrange and separate [into separate Muslim and Christian
countries], let it be by a constitutional discussion and agreement, rather than
by bloodbath.” In a YouTube video Archbishop Ben Kwashi, whose jurisdiction is at the centre of the violence,
discusses the current situation in Plateau State.
An article in
the Church of England Newspaper reports that Egyptian Christians
leaders, including Anglican Primate Presiding Bishop Mouneer Anis, recently met
for a second time with the newly elected president Mohammed Morsi. They “urged the president to clamp down on sectarian violence… improve the quality of Egypt’s schools… [so
that] the new generations… become more tolerant… [and] to ensure… security services
apply the “rule of law [fairly in order to] improve public order across the
country.” Dr Anis reported that, “In the
end, we came out of the meeting very encouraged and determined to do our best
in order to see the Egypt that we dream of.”
Radio reports that “Regional security ministers
are meeting in Uganda this week to decide a course of action to try to avert a
widening war in eastern Congo.” Rebel groups and militias seem poised to reignite
the war that has killed millions in recent years and destroyed the lives and
Many have been praying for Pastor Yousef
Nadarkhani who has been imprisoned since 2009 in Iran for his faith. Anglican Ink
reports that Pastor Yousef’s charges were overturned and he was released
from jail last week. However, we are asked to continue to prayer for the
hundreds of other Christians who remain in prison.
Evangelism – St George’s (Burlington, ON) has produced a very short, very creative video to simply and effectively present the Gospel. Is there a way you and your
church can use this video to reach your friends, family and community?
Discipling – The current edition of the 9Marks journal focuses entirely on discipling within the church. 9Marks
is a ministry dedicated to equipping church leaders.
vision – Sydney Anglicans has some
inspiration for congregations working on developing a vision for
Youth exodus – The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
has released a new study, Hemorrhaging Faith: Why & When Canadian
Young Adults are Leaving, Staying and Returning to the Church. It
looks at faith from childhood through the young-adult years, touching on
spiritual disciplines, family of origin, experience of church, immigration
status and more. The report also includes practical steps churches can take to
more effectively engage youth and young adults. Copies of Hemorrhaging Faith may be purchased at www.hemorrhagingfaith.com.
The current issue of Faith Today features the report
in its story "Hemorrhaging
Faith: Why They're Leaving." You can read all the articles in Faith
Today online for free at faithtoday.ca/digital.
You can sign up to receive email notifications of a new issue of the
publication as soon as it is posted at faithtoday.ca/subscribe.
Decide to grow in faith
To grow in relationship with God, we must be
intentional and act. Phillip Harrold, a professor of church history at Trinity School
for Ministry which is associated with our province, the ACNA, has an article in
the current Christianity Today on catechesis called “Getting to Know
If you are in the vicinity, why not check out the
courses offered by Ottawa Theological College (affiliated with Church of the Messiah,
Ottawa) or Saint Matthew’s School of Life and Ministry in Abbotsford, BC?
Details are on the Ottawa Theological College website where you can explore the full curriculum as well as investigate the various certificate,
diploma and degree tracks offered. Classes are just getting under way, so act
Saint Matthew’s School of Life and Ministry will
launch classes in early October and are taking registrations now. There will be
classes that explore the Jewish roots of Christianity, Anglican traditions and Christian
literature. Contact St Matthew’s or register
The humanity of the child in the womb
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has
produced a brief video in which EFC legal counsel Faye Sonier comments on the implications of Motion M-312
which will be voted on in Parliament on September 26. The motion proposes that a
House of Commons committee study Canada’s current legal definition of “human being.”
The EFC offers a sample letter that you can send your MP urging him or her to support the motion.
Biblical teaching on the relationship of husband and wife
With the recent media uproar over its new, but
optional, marriage vows, the Diocese of Sydney has seized the opportunity to
expand the conversation to discuss the Bible and gender roles. Theologian
Phillip Jensen writes,
“Behind the media brouhaha about the word “submission” lies a clash of world
views. It is a clash that… exposes something of the difference the gospel makes
– not just in theory but also in practice…[T]he debate is about more than
words. The words just act as the trigger for the more profound debate about the
nature of marriage, of human relationships and of humanity itself… [T]he clash
is over the very concept of submitting yourself to anybody or laying down your
life for anybody. That is what is so foreign and alien to the materialism,
hedonism and individualism that our Western culture values.
[For Christians] marriage is built on the purpose
of our Creator in making us as males and females in his image, Christians know
how good marriage is. We may have a bad marriage because of human sinfulness,
but that doesn’t nullify the good of marriage itself. For Christian marriage is
to be an expression of living faithfully in the sacrificial service and willing
submission of grace and forgiveness.”
In a second
article, Dr Jensen elaborates further on the Bible’s call to
husbands to love their wives with the same self-sacrificing love shown by
Christ when he gave his all for His bride, the Church. He concludes that “The
Christian bridegroom’s vow to love is not the same as the world’s ‘being in
love’. He is not declaring his emotional affection but promising his devoted
service. The man who keeps his vow to love like Christ can never try to
subjugate his wife.”
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