The Holy Innocents | Anglicans For Life
December 28, 2018
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18
Friday December 28, 2018 is The Feast of The Holy Innocents when the Church recalls the courage the Holy Family who escaped Bethlehem for Egypt as Herod gave the decree to massacre the Holy Innocents who are considered by some to be the first Christian martyrs.
Many Christians today are still fleeing their homes and churches. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Christians across numerous countries are without adequate food or proper shelter. In Nigeria just under 2 million people are internally displaced as a result of religious violence.
Please pray for these our suffering brothers and sisters who are enduring so many modern day atrocities as a result of their faith in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul writes, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians chapter 6
On this day of memorial, let us pause and reflect that every human life, including the lives of unborn children, are uniquely important and precious to God and loved by Him. I commend to you the ministry of Anglicans for Life, a Christ-centered ministry that upholds Biblical principles concerning the sacredness of human life.
Lord willing, Brenda and I will participating in the National March for Life and the events connected to the Anglican Summit 2019 in Virginia.
Almighty God, our Father, you who have given us life and intended us to have it forever, grant us your blessings. Enlighten our minds to an awareness and to a renewed conviction that all human life is sacred because it is created in your image and likeness. Help us to teach by word and the example of our lives that human life is precious because it is the gift of God whose love is infinite. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
The bishops of The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) speak about Lambeth 2020
The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) unanimously agree to the following statement regarding Lambeth 2020.
The House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria reaffirm the Statement of GAFCON 2018 that the Archbishop of Canterbury should invite as full members to Lambeth 2020 the Bishops of the Province of the Anglican Church in North America and the Province of the Anglican Church in Brazil, and that he should not invite those Provinces that have endorsed by word or deed sexual practices that are in contradiction to the teaching of Scripture and Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, unless they have repented of their actions and reversed their decisions.
In the event that this does not occur the Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) unanimously resolved that they will decline any invitation to attend Lambeth 2020 and all other meetings of the Instruments of the Communion.
Listen to The Rev. Adam and Katherine Rick speak about evangelism, Gafcon and gospel outreach at Holy Trinity Hillsdale, Michigan
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In the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Thank you for responding to my invitation and request to gather as a synod of this Missionary Diocese of CANA East. This is our sixth synod together. I am grateful to God that you are here and I am looking forward to all the Christ centered interaction that the next two days will provide for us.
Why is it that we gather as a synod? Is it for reasons of fellowship, strengthening and renewing relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ across the diocese? Is that why we gather? The synod planning team recognizes that fellowship and strengthening our relationships with each other is a very important part of our annual missions conference and synod. That is why last night we ate together and shared in a wonderful banquet. On two occasions today, we will eat together again and then on Saturday we will share a meal not only with each other but also with the Lord, as we break bread and share the cup of the Lord’s Supper. Our fellowship and relationships are important. That is one of the reasons why I urge the clergy to use the diocesan prayer schedule each week during the Prayers of the People to pray and intercede for those who are gathered here at this Synod.
Read the entire address here.