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ANiC and ACNA events calendar
31 – November 3 – ANiC Clergy Retreat in New England
1 – ANiC Clergy gathering at St Peter & St Paul’s (Ottawa, ON)
2, 9am – “Sex and spirituality… talking about
it” seminar, St Peter & St
5-10 – Bishop Stephen ministering in Lahore, Pakistan at a diocesan annual
7 – ANiC House of Bishops and Archdeacons meet in Vancouver
7-8 – ANiC Council meets in Vancouver
8-9 – “Band of Brothers” men's weekend at Faith Mission (near Campbellville, ON)
November 9 – Bible-in-a-Day seminar at the University of BC in Vancouver
10 – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted
16 – ANiC’s electronic synod at 1pm eastern time (Please note revised date
November 23 – Bible-in-a-Day seminar at St George’s (Burlington, ON)
January 28-29 – Ontario clergy gathering on the “Craft of Preaching”. Information to come.
8-10 – Ontario clergy silent retreat (details to come)
20-24 – Anglican
1000 church planting regional conference, Toronto, ON
25-28 – Anglican Church in North America Assembly 2014 at St Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
5-7 – ANiC Synod 2014 at a location to be announced
a new congregation in Fergus, Ontario
ANiC project has launched in Fergus-Elora, Central Wellington. The congregation
has chosen the name: The Circle. Sunday services are held at 2:30pm at The Door
(the Youth for Christ centre) which is at the back of
212 St Andrew Street West in Fergus, Ontario. For more information, you can see the ANiC website.
ANiC delegates at GAFCon 2 in Nairobi, Kenya
Archbishop Bob Duncan was hospitalized for much of the week, Bishop Don Harvey, Dean of the ACNA and ANiC’s moderator,
shouldered the extra responsibility of filling in for our Primate by leading
Provincial meetings. Bishop Don also led a breakout session for bishops. Following
GAFCon, Bishop Don stayed in Kenya to preach on Sunday at back-to-back
services, each with about 700 worshippers, at St James Cathedral just outside
Bob suffered from a severely abscessed tooth which required emergency surgery and hospitalization. ACNA reports that he was well enough to fly home on Sunday following GAFCon, and is resting at home under doctor’s care. Please pray for a full and speedy restoration of health.
Charlie Masters spoke very briefly to the entire conference on the surprising
hostility faced by faithful Canadian Anglicans from their former denomination.
You can watch this interview, starting at the 9 minute and 50 second mark of this video.
Several ANiC delegates posted on social media - Facebook and
Twitter – during the conference. The
Venerable Dan Gifford (aka GAFCon Dan) wrote a daily blog for his parish, St John’s Vancouver. And the
Rev Paul Donison recorded a 3-minute video following GAFCon to be shown during Sunday service at
St Peter and St Paul’s (Ottawa, ON).
One of our Nairobi delegates had the sad news of his mother’s passing away in Germany on the final day of GAFCon. Please remember Claus Lenk in prayer.
Further coverage on GAFCon 2 follows below.
International day of prayer for the persecuted Church
November 10 is set aside as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted. Please go to www.idop.ca and use the prayer resources, including videos, in
your parish. You will be joining Christians in 130 countries who stand together
in prayer for the estimated 200 million who suffer for their faith in Jesus
Christ. In addition to praying, there are specific things we can do. For
example, the government of Canada is looking for sponsors for refugees. And we
can voice our concerns to our elected officials. What will you do?
Christmas card fundraiser
give meaningful gifts this year? Give Christmas gifts that honour your loved
ones while helping to "restore
health, hope and dignity" for those in need. The Christmas cards acknowledge that a donation has been made to the
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada. See the ARDFC’s website for more information or contact the ARDFC ambassador in your parish.
trip to explore partnering with Cuban churches
ANiC clergy and church leaders are invited to join a
mission trip to Cuba to explore partnering with fledging Cuban Anglican
churches. ANiC is joining the other Canadian ACNA diocese, the Reformed Episcopal Church under Bishop Charles Dorrington, in this
partnership. The mission trip, which is planned for next year at a date to be
determined, will be the second trip by ANiC members. The 2013 trip resulted in
three partnerships between ANiC and Cuban congregations.
The 2014 trip is all-expenses paid thanks to the mission agency Hungry For Life
International which is covering travel costs for five
qualified ANiC church leaders whose congregations are seriously exploring a
church-to-church partnership with Cuban Anglican leaders and their ministries. The partnership commitment is surprisingly inexpensive. Read more about this opportunity here. If you would like to be considered for this
grant and the 2014 mission team, please email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
seminar comes to Burlington
On November 23 St George’s (Burlington,
ON) will host a Bible-in-a-Day seminar,
led by the Rev Sean Love (St John’s Richmond, BC). The day runs from
9:30am to 3:30pm and includes lunch and snacks. Cost is only $30. If you are in
the area, do attend and bring your friends. Also, the seminar will be offered
again in Vancouver, this time at the University of British Columbia on November
9. More information is on the Bible-in-a-Day website. You can register for either seminar here.
ministry offers support to ANiC congregations
the Living Waters, Healing Streams ministry was launch in Ottawa last February
the team has facilitated several events for ANiC parishes and clergy including:
healing services, prayer sessions, and a ½ day seminar. The ministry works with
and trains congregations interested in developing a healing ministry; presents
and leads Scripture-based teaching events on healing and reconciliation; and
offers personal prayer to those seeking Jesus’ healing in their life. If your
parish or group is interested in hosting any of the above, please email the ministry
or get more information on the www.livingwaterhealingstreams.ca.
and regional news
Good Shepherd (Vancouver, BC) held a
concert October 19 which raised $23,000 for two mission projects to which the
congregation is deeply committed – an orphanage for disabled orphans in China
and work among Karen refugees on the Thai-Myanmar border. More than 350 people
attended the event, exceeding expectations. Praise God!
St Luke’s (Pembroke, ON) raised $3200 for the ANiC Time to Build Campaign at their Fall
Supper – and had a lot of fun in the process.
& St Paul’s (Ottawa, ON) was in the news
recently when the rector, the Rev Paul Donison, was interviewed by a local Ottawa newspaper. The article compared dwindling attendance at theological revisionist churches
to the 35 per cent growth seen at St Peter & St Paul’s over the last five
years. Paul+ attributes this growth to the preaching of the Gospel – or
“gospels” as the reporter mistakenly wrote.
St Peter’s Fireside (Vancouver, BC) which launches this coming Sunday, is featured on the Church For Vancouver website. The write-up says, “Pastor Alastair Sterne has been careful, almost
methodical, in planning for the church.” It then quotes Alastair+ discussing
the series of partnerships that birthed St Peter’s Fireside: “Summit Church in Orlando sent us, Redeemer City to
City trained us, C2C Network have coached and supported us, and as of most
recent St John’s Vancouver has joined us in our work.” Please continue to pray
for this fledgling congregation.
Ontario regional women's event will be hosted by St George's (Burlington) on
Saturday, November 30 from 11:30am- 2:30pm at the Crossroads Centre, 1295
North Service Rd. The Rev Marion Karasiuk from Christ the King, Toronto will
speak on the theme of Advent. The cost – $27 – covers both the lunch and a
one-hour Christmas ballet celebrating the miracle of God's gift of His Son
called "Here with Us". To reserve a seat please email Donna Rigo or call
905-339-7601. Alternatively, email Anita Chambers or call 905-693-0295.
Be sure to email your parish news to Marilyn
Anglican Church in North America
ACNA releases Texts for Common Prayer
ACNA’s Liturgy and Common
Worship Task Force has released Texts for Common
Prayer including the
Offices of Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, and the Holy Communion (Long Form
and Short Form), as well as Supplemental Canticles for Worship. These are the
“working” forms approved by the College of Bishops for use in the Province. Also
bound with these working texts is The Ordinal which was adopted and authorized earlier. Texts for Common Prayer will be printed by Anglican House
Publishers and, God
willing, should be available on Amazon at $7.95 per copy by January 1st. For
more information and to download these texts see the ACNA website. Anglican Ink
comments on the
retention of the Filioque clause.
Schofield, retired bishop of San Joaquin, passes away
ACNA Diocese of San Joaquin is grieving the death of their former diocesan,
Bishop John-David Schofield. Archbishop Bob Duncan paid tribute, calling him “a great man of God”, a man of “spiritual depth” with an “unparalleled
sense of humor”. Bishop Schofield led the diocese when the membership chose to
disassociate from the US Episcopal Church and later joined the ACNA.
Global Anglican Future Conference
Report on the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCon 2)
Communique – Last week’s historic GAFCon 2 gathering in Nairobi, Kenya produced a communique. One attendee commented on the
“strongly consultative” process of preparing the Communique, resulting in participants viewing
it as “the heartfelt desire of the conference”.
||A call to repentance and an affirmation of the power of the Gospel to
the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA) – the continuing
fellowship of which GAFCon is the gathering – as an effective Instrument of
Communion for Biblically faithful Anglicans unlike the failed official
structure of the Anglican Communion. GFCA will expand its role by authorizing
and affirming isolated, faithful Anglicans and, when needed, authenticating the
ministry of new provinces, dioceses and churches, and ordaining and
include: evangelizing, teaching and contending for the Gospel; deepening
discipleship; and working for the transformation of society.
||GFCA structures will be strengthened by organizing, in addition to the
Primates’ Council, a Board of Trustees, an Executive Committee, and regional
liaison officers who will be charged with effective communication. To achieve this and the priories noted, funding will be sought from
individual members and member churches, dioceses and provinces.
GAFCon 2, the 331 bishops and archbishops gathered in Nairobi unanimously
affirmed the GAFCon Primates' role
in recognizing and overseeing theologically isolated Anglicans – including
expanding the Anglican Mission in England and similar bodies around the
Communion. For example, the Diocese of Recife, formerly part of the Church in
Brazil, is now directly overseen by the GAFCon Primates.
– personal, corporate and public – was one of the overarching themes of the
gathering. The East Africa Revival grew out of
public repentance and transformed the lives of millions. The challenges of radical Islam and equally radical secularism were examined as well. Mini-conference focused of a number of other concerns as well. These
all significantly influenced the final communique. Anglican Ink offers a good summary of the communique.
by participants – Included in the communique is the multi-point commitment made by GAFCon 2 participants to:
Jerusalem Statement and Declaration.
2. …supporting mission… outreach… lay training… with particular
attention to recruiting and mobilizing young people for ministry and
3. …give greater priority to theological education…
4. …defend essential truths of the biblical faith
5. … the support and defence of those who in standing for
apostolic truth are marginalized or excluded from formal communion with other
Anglicans in their dioceses…
6. …teach about God’s good purposes in marriage and in
7. …work for the transformation of society though the gospel…
8. …the continuation of the Global Fellowship of Confessing
Anglicans… [and] work within the Anglican Communion
for its renewal and reform.
9. …meet again at the next GAFCON.
of Canterbury – Archbishop Justin Welby’s sermon at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi on Sunday prior to GAFCon and his pre-recorded video message to the conference left most unimpressed. He did note the need to update the organizational and power structures of the
Anglican Communion and suggested that the Primates Meeting (one of the
“Instruments of Unity” should elect its one Chairperson – as the GAFCon
Primates had recommended several years ago.
general secretary Bishop Peter Jensen told a media conference that GAFCon “…stands with Canterbury as ever”, but clarified that
Canterbury’s influence is greatly reduced since 2008. An interesting VirtueOnline article explores the relationship between the Archbishop of Canterbury and
GAFCon given ++Justin’s continued meetings with and communion with those who
defy clear Biblical teaching.
In his opening
address to the conference, Archbishop
Eliud Wabukala (Kenya) who is chairman of the GAFCon Primates, responded to
Canterbury’s failure to acknowledge, much less address, the “depth of the
spiritual crisis we face”. He said that “traditionalist” who may be a minority
in their geography context should remember that “…our Global Fellowship of
Confessing Anglicans links us together as what we are, a global majority.”
interesting VirtueOnline article explores the relationship between the Archbishop of Canterbury and
GAFCon given ++Justin’s continued meetings with those who defy clear Biblical
teaching. And a Church of England Newspaper report offers a balanced overview of his time in Nairobi. Amusingly, officials
in the Anglican Communion continued to insist that the Archbishop’s visit had nothing to do with the GAFCon
and other interesting tidbits – The conference
attracted 1,358 delegates: 871 clergy, including 30 archbishops, 301 bishops,
and 487 lay leaders. The largest delegation came from Nigeria – 481 including a
nine-month old baby. Included in the numbers were two clergy and a lay delegate
from the US Episcopal Church and a bishop from the Anglican Church of Canada
(Diocese of the Arctic). ANiC sent 21 delegates.
event was reported to be efficiently run and entirely funded by attendees.
gathering generated significant media coverage and buzz on social media. Anglican Ink reports on what GAFCon was like behind the scenes and another article explores the “Top 10 things you may not have expected about GAFCon”.
Photos from GAFCon 2, including a photo of the assembled bishops, are posted online.
Videos – Short GAFCon video
highlight reports are posted to the GAFCon
website, while recordings of some of the sessions are posted on AnglicanTV.
Unfortunately, the morning sermons based on the Epistle of Ephesians, which
reportedly were so powerful, do not seem to be online.
In his latest “Anglican
Perspective” video, the
American Anglican Council’s Canon Phil Ashey speaks of GAFCon as an ecclesial
body establishing, overseeing and authenticating churches and dioceses. He also
expresses great hope about the future of GAFCon and its commitment to Christ’s
Great Commission. In a 25-minute audio
Ashey offers a fuller discussion of GAFCon 2 and its significance.
learn more? Full information on the gathering can be found on:
simply want to get an overview of the gathering, you can read this Christian Today article or this summary on the Sydney Anglicans website or this Church Times article.
of Canterbury christens future head of the Church of England
George, who is third in line to the throne, was christened in the Chapel Royal
at St James' Palace in London on October 23.
In this short video, the Archbishop of Canterbury talks about the christening, as well as
the broader significance of baptism.
International news in brief
In a letter published in The Gazette two Anglican Church of Canada bishops called
on the government to step back from legalizing euthanasia. They write, “…legalization
of euthanasia in Quebec could present special risks for those in our society
who are already vulnerable, especially the elderly, those suffering from
clinical depression, and those with disabilities.”
Four more women have been added to the Church of England House of Bishops. As the debate regarding
women bishops continues, the House of Bishops decided in February to add eight
senior female clergy, elected regionally, to their meetings. A full list of
these women is posted to Anglican Mainstream. A 15-member committee, appointed by General Synod, is formulating
legislation to allow women bishops, including safeguards for those who oppose
women in the episcopate. This legislation may be ready for synod’s consideration as early as 2014.
Michael Nazir-Ali is reported by The Telegraph to be warning “…that a move
to celebrate same-sex relationship in church would be a ‘red line’ for
traditionalist parishes”. This warning comes amid growing speculation that a commission appointed to advise the CoE House of Bishops will recommend
the introduction of a same-sex blessings liturgy.
Writing in Anglican Ink, George Conger notes that this battle for the “soul of Anglicanism”
within the Church of England was clearly anticipated in the GAFCon Nairobi
Communique and Commitment. For example, point 5 of the Nairobi Commitment states, “We commit ourselves to the support and defence of
those who in standing for apostolic truth are marginalized or excluded from
formal communion with other Anglicans in their dioceses. We have therefore
recognized the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) as an expression of authentic
Anglicanism both for those within and outside the Church of England, and
welcomed their intention to appoint a General Secretary of AMiE.”
near Sydney resulting in the declaration of a state of emergency. More than two
hundred homes were lost and two died. The Diocese of Sydney reports that churches
organized special prayer meetings and raised funds for victims.
The Archbishop of Perth has again vetoed a synod motion to
recognize same-sex relationships within his diocese.
The Church of England Newspaper reports that a Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the Anglican Church of New
Zealand is exempt from laws banning discrimination based on sexuality. The
complainant, a self-proclaimed gay man, was unhappy that he
had been denied ordination by the Bishop of Auckland.
The Anglican Church is disputing a $180 million (HK) tax bill resulting from a property project.
Anglican Primate for South East Asia, Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok, says
Christians will defy the Malaysian Court of Appeal which ruled that non-Muslim do not have the right to use the word “Allah” when
referring to God. Christians in Malaysia have been using the term for
Rebel snipers are reportedly targeting pregnant women. A surgeon claims that
rebel snipers seem to be making a game of targeting specific individuals and
body parts. LifeSiteNews reports the physician saying, “”One day it would be shots
to the groin. The next, it would only be the left chest. The day after, we
would see no chest wounds; they were all neck [wounds].” But, the article
continues, “…the worst that he [the physician] saw was the shooting of the
International Christian Concern reports that four Christians have been sentenced by an
Iranian court to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine when
celebrating the Eucharist.
The Christian Post reports that “Four people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed outside a wedding
ceremony at a Coptic Christian church in Cairo after masked gunmen on a
motorcycle opened fire on Sunday night, local officials said.” Many other
Coptic Christians, guests at the wedding, were injured.
Eritrean security forces are reported to have raided a prayer meeting several days ago and arrested 150. About
2000 Christians are thought to be imprisoned in
Eritrea – which is known as the “North Korea of Africa”. In their desperation
to escape the country many pay smugglers. The 17-metre boat that sank off the
Italian coast in early October carried 550 people – most Eritreans. 370 bodies are reported to have been recovered, while 156 survived.
Voice of the Martyrs reports that officials in the Muslim state of Borneo in northern Nigeria intend
to demolish 25 churches and schools simply to persecution of believers. This is
an area where the violent militant group Boko Haran is active.
Two evangelical pastors were killed in eastern Kenya following an earlier attack on a church. This is an
area where Muslims are in the majority.
Rand Paul is championing the “…war the mainstream media is ignoring. From
Boston to Zanzibar, there is a worldwide war on Christianity.” You can read his speech on the Anglican Ink website.
Mere Anglicanism – The 2014 edition of the Mere Anglicanism conference, to be held January 23-25 in Charleston, South
Carolina, will focus on “Science, Faith and Apologetics: An answer for the hope
that is within us”. A stellar cast of speakers is booked, including renowned
mathematician and philosopher John Lennox.
Dr J I Packer is listed by Pastor Mark Dever as one of the 12 factors responsible for the resurgence of Calvinism.
Leadership – Pastor Andy Stanley,
speaking at the Catalyst 2013 conference, said the core of his leadership
boiled down to knowing – and ensuring others know – the answers to three
1. What are we
2. Why are we
3. Where do I fit
for Christian living
Discipleship – Bishop Thad Barnum of PEARUSA has a
new book, Real Identity: Where
Bible and Life Meet, endorsed by ACNA’s Archbishop Bob Duncan and ANiC’s
Canon Dr J I Packer. For more information and to order, please see the Call2Disciple website.
attack – This article discusses eight ways church leaders make themselves vulnerable to the
attacks of the enemy of our souls.
hope – Billy Graham, in what is likely to be his final
message, has recorded My Hope for America. This will be broadcast on TV
November 7. It is reported to be his clearest, most powerful, most loving
presentation of the Gospel. You are invited to participate by preparing, then
inviting friends and neighbours. Information, resources, training and two
additional programs – each less than 30 minutes – are already available on the
website: http://myhopewithbillygraham.org. The two videos include testimonials of
illusionist Jim Munroe, NFL player David Tyree, singer Lacey Sturm, a comedian,
a pro skateboarder, and a young professional.
could God command Israel to kill every person – including babies – in Canaan?
RC Sproul provides a tremendous, short, two-part explanation. He says instead we should ask “Why does He
not kill us all?”
marriage week – The seventh annual National Marriage Week is February 7-14. The
goal of this campaign, which is reported to be celebrated in 20 countries, is to bolster marriage and promote it as a social benefit. A resource kit is available on the US-website.
Parenting – Pastor Tim Challies lists “18 things I will not regret doing with me kids”.
sovereignty and love in the midst of tragedy – With his family home just burnt to the ground by the raging bush fires in
Australia, a young Bible College student reflects on how God can be both good and sovereign and yet allow seeming
tragedies. Very inspiring!
Gospels could not be legend – J D Greear provides four solid reasons why the Gospels are trustworthy and could not possibly be legends.
hospitality – The Resurgence blog explores Christian hospitality and differentiates it from “entertaining” which
it describes as “a terrible bondage… [based on] human
pride”. Rather, Scriptural hospitality “…flows from a hospitable heart. It is
more about your open heart and home, not your impressive entertaining skills.”
Social and cultural matters
Slavery – The BBC reports that “Nearly 30 million people around the world are living as slaves…” – almost half of them in India. Other countries with high numbers of slaves
include China, Pakistan and Nigeria. The list of countries with the highest
proportion of the population enslaved is led by Mauritania at 2 per cent,
followed by Haiti and Pakistan. The Global Slavery Index 2013 which provides this information is intended to prod and help government to tackle this largely hidden crime. The
definition of slavery used in the report encompasses debt bondage, forced
marriage and human trafficking.
Euthanasia – The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada reports that the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled
that “only Parliament is constitutionally empowered to consider changes
to Canada’s law prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia”. The Mercatornet blog carries a disturbing article that looks at how legislation governing euthanasia in Belgium has
rapidly evolved to encompass a wider and wider range of people and circumstances
– known as bracket creep.
Just for laughs
WIFE'S DIARY: Tonight, I thought
my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for
dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset
at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation
wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He
agreed, but he didn't say much.
I asked him what was wrong; He
said, "Nothing”..." I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset.
He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry
about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and
kept driving. I can't explain his behavior. I don't know why he didn't say,
"I love you, too."
When we got home, I felt as if I had
lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat
there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent.
Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes
later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his
thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep; I cried. I don't know what to do.
I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.
HUSBAND'S DIARY: A two-foot putt
... WHO misses a stupid two-foot putt!
God is working out his eternal purpose, not only in
spite of human and satanic opposition, but by means of
—A W Pink
a Word from our Sponsor
appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create
obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For
such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by
smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your
obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be
wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will
soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with
him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of
Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret
for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has
been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to
bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God be glory forevermore
through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Romans 16:17-27 ESV
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