Palmetto Anglican
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
 
The Innocents' Day

(Transferred from 28 December)

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths; Mortify and kill all vices in us, and so strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of our lives, and constancy of our faith even unto death, we may glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



The Epistle. Rev. 14. 1.
AND I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

The Gospel. St. Matth. 2. 13.
THE angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
 
WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED O'ER YONDER…
Primates will consider communion's fate in February


News Analysis

By David W. Virtue

In less than two months 38 Primates (Archbishops) - leaders of some 78
million Anglicans worldwide - will gather in Ireland to consider the
fate of the Anglican Communion.

For many North American Episcopalians and Anglicans it will be the most
decisive moment in their personal ecclesiastical journeys. From the
Primates' decisions, hundreds of clergy and thousands of Episcopalians
and Canadian Anglicans will decide what they must do with respect to
their futures. The fate of tens of thousands of Episcopalians, including
clergy and whole dioceses rests in the hands of these uber purple.

Three possibilities present themselves. The first is that the Primates
will do nothing to shake the status quo. The second is that they will
announce a formal split and the Anglican Communion will have two
separate spiritual leaders - Rowan Williams will, in all likelihood lead
the Western liberal alliance and Peter Akinola the Archbishop of Nigeria
will lead the majority of orthodox Anglicans. A third option is an
internal split where orthodox archbishops will not recognize or speak to
revisionist archbishops while still recognizing Rowan Williams as the
titular head of the communion. What you will in fact have is a loose
federation of provinces held together under a broad Anglican umbrella,
but Anglican in name only, no longer a full undivided communion.

Frank Griswold the Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop has become the
lightning rod primate around which the Windsor Report and pansexual
behavior has galvanized.

And Griswold will discover that to "inhabit multiple realities" a
favorite expression of his, will not play well with the majority of
Primates who think that such persons are usually found in lunatic
asylums beating their heads against padded cell walls waiting for their
daily needle of sanity.

When it is all over, Griswold could be faced with a single reality -
that he will no longer be recognized as the leader of the U.S. Episcopal
Church, that that role will be given to Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan
leader of the Anglican Communion Network of some dozen or more orthodox
Episcopal bishops. (Duncan was robed at the recent CAPA bishops meeting
in Lagos in front of several hundred African bishops).

The Primates will announce that they will no longer be in formal
communion with Griswold and treat him in exactly the same way four
orthodox primates treated Pennsylvania Bishop Charles E. Bennison when
he turned up at a private gathering to inaugurate the Anglican Relief &
Development Fund in Philadelphia recently.

The four removed themselves from the main hall where Bennison wandered
around talking to any who would talk to him, while they parked
themselves in another room and refused to see, speak or have anything to
do with him.

It was a major Primatial snub of telling proportions and it could
presage what Griswold could expect when all the primates gather in
Ireland in February, if what this writer has been told is true.

One hopes that the Dromantine Retreat Centre outside Belfast where the
Primates are expected to gather has enough rooms to accommodate the
breakaway groups.

If this happens, and it is a very likely scenario, then Rowan Williams
will be doing shuttle diplomacy shuffling back and forth between the
groups of archbishops trying to broker a deal to keep the communion
together. It will require enormous skill, along with patience, which I
am told he has much of.

Another scenario, and the least likeliest, is that the Primates will
gather together, discuss the Windsor Report, accept, one more time,
Griswold's "regret" for the pain he has caused for participating in the
Robinson consecration, but no repentance for sin, because in his mind no
sin has been committed, then they all take holy communion together and
go home.

The other possibility is that a formal split is announced after several
days of talks with the orthodox archbishops heading off to London and
Buckingham Palace to announce to the Queen that it is all over and that
Dr. Rowan Williams is no longer their titular head. This is another
scenario that also seems unlikely but should not be entirely ruled out.
Playing the predictability game is dangerous at best. But after what
this writer observed in Philadelphia recently, nothing, absolutely
nothing should be ruled out. There has never been a semi-public occasion
where four primates so blatantly and publicly snubbed a fellow bishop
whom they regard as heretical.

But the truly wild card in these primatial gatherings is the growing
preeminence of Nigerian Primate Peter Akinola. He has emerged as the
evangelical colossus who bestrides Africa with more titles than Rowan
Williams and who poses the single biggest threat to any future cohesion
of the Anglican Communion.

If Rowan Williams has the power, and Frank Griswold has the money, then
Peter Akinola has the moral and spiritual authority, and history teaches
us that at the end of the day the latter always triumphs, always. Jesus
triumphed over Caesar. 2,000 years later we still worship Jesus and we
call our dogs Caesar. Williams' power over the Anglican Communion was
given to him by a secular state, the 600 or so Anglican bishops of the
communion did not vote for him. Griswold obtained his primacy through
the House of Bishops and became instant heir to the church's trust funds
and endowments - money which he uses to manipulate the Global South and
which they now reject.

Akinola has been and continues to be the single most outspoken critic of
Western Anglicanism in general and Griswold in particular. (This is not
to ignore equally strong statements made by Archbishops Venables, Gomez,
Malango, Nzimbi and Orombi.)

When the Windsor Report was first issued Akinola said this: "We have
been asked to express regret for our actions and "affirm our desire to
remain in the Communion". How patronizing! We will not be intimidated.
In the absence of any signs of repentance and reform from those who have
torn the fabric of our Communion, and while there is continuing
oppression of those who uphold the Faith, we cannot forsake our duty to
provide care and protection for those who cry out for our help."

Then he blew the steeple right off St. Paul's with this one: "The Bible
says that two cannot walk together unless they are agreed. The report
rightly observes that if the 'call to halt' is ignored 'then we shall
have to begin to learn to walk apart'. The Episcopal Church and Diocese
of New Westminster are already walking alone on this and if they do not
repent and return to the fold, they will find that they are all alone.
They will have broken the Anglican Communion." Thems fightin' words.

He has blasted Western liberal dominance by a church with diminishing
followers, a bankrupt morality and even less theology. The Windsor
Report confirmed his worst suspicions that the Anglican Communion is
being run by white Western liberals who have the money and who want to
retain the power. And to ratchet up the pain he has made numerous visits
to the U.S. and has now started his own Nigerian Anglican Communion on
these shores in defiance of calls not to cross diocesan boundaries.

Furthermore The Nigerian Primate has made it clear to this writer that
he will not tolerate endless calls for more process and talks with the
Communion's instruments of unity looking endlessly at a report that
brings no finality to the apostasy and heresies of the Episcopal Church.

Delay and prevarication have been the favored tactics of the Episcopal
Church leadership and Akinola knows that talk of 'reconciliation'
(another much favored word of Griswold) means, at the end of the
process, nothing more than capitulation. And he will have none of it.

Endless talk, and with much being made of "process" is the favored
tactic of Frank Griswold when he speaks about the Windsor Report. But
all he is doing is playing for time and his pressing for "process" in
analyzing the Windsor Report is like beating a dead horse in the vague
hope that if you hit it often enough and long enough it will stagger to
its feet and make off down the track to win the Derby.

Griswold told Akinola to his face that he would never ever back down on
the normalization of homosexual practice in The Episcopal Church and it
will be upheld at all levels of the church's ecclesiastical life;
furthermore all talk of a moratorium would never be adhered too. Never.

(Akinola described what took place when the Primates met in Lambeth last
October. There was a time in the meeting when there seemed to be no way
forward. Some of the primates were in tears, Akinola went up to Griswold
and said to him, "you have seen what your actions have done, please
stand back, back off before it is too late. Griswold refused). You can
read the full story here.
http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1705

If Rowan Williams can reconcile that one he should be given a Nobel
Peace Prize and sent off to the Middle East to reconcile the Israelis
and Palestinians. Another peace prize awaits him if he succeeds.

When the House of Bishops meet in Utah next month nothing substantially
will change, absent the dozen or so Network bishops and it is a clean
sweep for ECUSA's revisionist and moderate bishops to carry on with
things just the way they are. This gathering of Purple like most
gatherings are colossal wastes of money and time to resolve absolutely
nothing, because nothing will change, and any purple shirt who dare
raises his/her voice in opposition to the zeitgeist would be shut down
immediately. Better still bury it all in small group discussions where
truth is buried amidst stories of personal anguish and gay pain.

The other truth is that Griswold does not want finality, because
finality means that decisions will be made that could adversely affect
him. 'Process' the Windsor Report to death, but under no circumstance
reach a common mind because a common mind can never be reached and
Griswold is smart enough to know that.

Furthermore the Global South bishops do not trust the Anglican
Consultative Council to wait till June for yet another "process for
reception" which they view as yet another stalling tactic.

A third scenario when the Primates meet and possibly the most likely, is
that there will be an informal or internal split, (broadly hinted at by
Uganda Primate Henry Luke Orombi when I interviewed him in Philadelphia
recently), but that the big umbrella of Anglicanism will somehow hold
together. A sort of in the Anglican Communion house there are many
mansions notion with Griswold, Eames et al in one room of the mansion
sipping chardonnay and eating brie discussing pluriformity, while the
main part of the mansion is gripped with evangelical fervor, church
planting and exhortations to righteous living.

What that looks like goes something like this. The Global South orthodox
archbishops, some 22 or more, will formally turn their back on Frank
Griswold. That is to say they will not eat with him, speak to him, be in
the same room with him and definitely not take Holy Communion from him
or with him. Griswold will, of course, shed a few crocodile tears about
the pain of rejection he feels from some of his fellow primates, preach
his mantra of inclusion and diversity, but at the end of the day all he
really cares about is staying in communion with Rowan Williams, and that
will be enough. Ultimately he won't care, his place in the Communion is
still safe and secure and so is the ECUSA.

The orthodox Primates will have achieved their objective by making it
publicly known that Griswold is beyond both human (and presumably
divine) redemption and that the Episcopal Church is lost except for the
few remaining orthodox faithful.

As Archbishop Orombi told this writer, as the bishops meet only once
every ten years it won't matter much and Griswold will be gone. In the
broad expanse of Canterbury University one can avoid heretical bishops.
Perhaps.

But this begs a number of questions. The Global South archbishops still
meet annually and many have said they cannot and will not stay in
communion with someone who remains in communion with Griswold, so will
they, can they, stay in communion with Dr. Williams? Only time will
tell. Will Williams himself tolerate presiding over two separate
Eucharist services in Ireland if they all will not take communion from
him if Griswold is present? It also begs the question if unity is more
important than truth.

Will there be a formal acknowledgment in Ireland that Bishop Robert
Duncan is now the official head of the Episcopal Church, unelected but
recognized by the vast majority of the Anglican Communion's bishops.
Will that in fact constitute a Third Province which Forward in Faith UK
and Forward in Faith USA desperately want?

And if Duncan is the newly robed and recognized ECUSA leader by the
global south bishops then it must be stated openly and publicly with
bells and whistles, a formal press conference and more. Such recognition
of course raises legal questions for the orthodox in The Episcopal
Church? Does this give fleeing parishes who want to retain their
properties the legal edge they have been looking for when it comes to
the Denis Canon?

Could six parishes, say in the Diocese of Connecticut, go to court and
tell his honor, that the Episcopal Church as it is now constituted is
not recognized by the vast majority of the Anglican Communion and
therefore it has separated itself from the main branch of Anglicanism
and that with the recognition of Duncan as Presiding Bishop the
properties are no longer under ECUSA's ecclesiastical or legal domain.

Certainly it is worth arguing in court over. If the ECUSA has isolated
itself and a de facto schism is already in place, then somehow that has
to be recognized legally to provide a safe place for fleeing orthodox
clergy in dioceses like Florida, Texas, California and more. The
Episcopal Church is still a hierarchical church it just has a different
avenue to get to the top.

If nothing happens more resignations will follow, parishes and priests
will change jurisdictions, more lawsuits filed for properties, and angry
revisionist bishops will discover, with new intensity, the meaning of
"no" from orthodox clergy who will not yield to their apostate views on
morals and doctrine. They will discover that the flip side of the gospel
is law and it will be applied. Many will learn that Griswold's field
"beyond good and evil" with Sufi the Rumi is in fact a courtroom where
right and wrong will be determined by a judge with less mystic leanings.

But if the Primates meet and it is clear that an informal schism is in
place (formal schism defined as a split with a number of Primates
crossing the Irish Sea to Buckingham Palace to inform her majesty that
it is over), then that must translate into protection for the Episcopal
Church's orthodox who are being beaten down by revisionist bishops, the
Via Media crowd, uber revisionist bishops like Shaw, Bennison,
Creighton, Chane and sodomists like the Integrity crowd.

After all how much more are the orthodox supposed to take? The Network
must be given not only ecclesiastical teeth by Global South archbishops
but legal teeth that will stand up in court. If it doesn’t then the
Network and AAC are made irrelevant and orthodox parishes will continue
to drift away to the AMIA or come under Global South primates with a lot
of pain over property fights and more.

Perhaps the first test of Dr. Williams' skills is what he will do with
the Diocese of Recife whose bishop, Robinson Cavilcanti has cried out to
him for protection against the revisionist inroads of Archbishop Glauco
Soares de Lima the 'matador' Primate of Brazil who wants to gore
Cavilcanti out of existence. Williams will have a first hand opportunity
to apply his diplomatic skills and address that directly when the
Brazilian Archbishop drops into Belfast in February.

But one thing that is not on the table when the Primates meet is simply
to do nothing and hope that it will all work out or 'muddle through' as
the British so often opine. There is no muddling through any more.
Decisions will be made in February that will affect the shape of the
Anglican Communion forever, and it is the hopes and prayers of hundreds
of thousands of orthodox Anglicans on the North American continent that
those actions will translate into real action and offer them a haven of
hope amidst the wreckage of a dying Western Anglican church.

FOOTNOTE: The Primates meet Feb. 20 - 26 at the Dromantine Center 31
miles from Belfast.

If you would like to read more stories in this vein go to
www.virtueonline.org. VirtueOnline is read by more than one million
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of stories.

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Saint John the Evangelist's Day

(Transferred from 27 December)

MERCIFUL Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Epistle. 1 St. John 1. 1.
THAT which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

The Gospel. St. John 21. 19.
JESUS said unto Peter, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.


Monday, December 27, 2004
 
Saint Stephen's Day (Transferred from 26 December)

The Collect.
Grant, O Lord, that, in all our sufferings here upon earth for the testimony of thy truth, we may stedfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and, being filled with the Holy Ghost, may learn to love and bless our persecutors by the example of thy first Martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his murderers to thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God to succour all those that suffer for thee, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.



The Epistle. Acts 7. 55.
Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

The Gospel. St. Matth. 23. 34.
BEHOLD, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
 
Eternal security


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T H E J O H N S T O T T D A I L Y T H O U G H T
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December 24, 2004
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

The Hope of Glory (cont'd.)

970. Eternal security
At the centre of the universe is a throne. From it the
wheeling planets receive their orders. To it gigantic
galaxies give their allegiance. In it the tiniest living
organism finds its life. Before it angels and human beings
and all created things in heaven above and earth beneath
bow down and humbly worship. Encircling the throne is the
rainbow of God's covenant, and surrounding it are twenty-
four other thrones, occupied by twenty-four elders, who
doubtless represent the twelve tribes of the Old Testament
and the twelve apostles of the New, and so the completed
and perfect church ...
These chapters of the book of Revelation (4 to 7) leave
us in no doubt about the security of the people of God.
The Eternal Father sits on his throne, surrounded by the
worshipping host of heaven. The Book of Destiny is in the
hand of Christ, and no calamity can befall humankind unless
he breaks the seals of the book. Moreover the winds of
judgment are not permitted to blow upon those who have been
sealed by the Holy Spirit. These are the symbols of divine
sovereignty. The church's security is guaranteed by the
Holy Trinity.

--From "What Christ Thinks of the Church" (Milton Keynes:
Word UK, 1990), p. 126.

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--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", pp. 404-405, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.

 
A countless throng


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T H E J O H N S T O T T D A I L Y T H O U G H T
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December 23, 2004
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

The Hope of Glory (cont'd.)

969. A countless throng
I have always derived much comfort from the statement of
Revelation 7:9 that the company of the redeemed in heaven
will be 'a great multitude which no man could number'. I
do not profess to know how this can be, since Christians
have always seemed to be a rather small minority. But
Scripture states it for our comfort. Although no biblical
Christian can be a universalist (believing that all mankind
will ultimately be saved), since Scripture teaches the
awful reality and eternity of hell, yet a biblical
Christian can -- even must -- assert that the redeemed will
somehow be an international throng so immense as to be
countless. For God's promise is going to be fulfilled, and
Abraham's seed is going to be as innumerable as the dust of
the earth, the stars of the sky and the sand on the
seashore.

--From 'The Living God is a Missionary God', in "You Can
Tell the World", ed. J. E. Berney (Downers Grove: IVP,
1979), p. 31.

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--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", p. 404, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.

N.B., I found the preceeding quote interesting in light of the grief that Stott has taken for anihilationism -- obviously there was a shift in his position. He has since, by the way, declared that he is agnostic on the issue. DC
 
A countless throng


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T H E J O H N S T O T T D A I L Y T H O U G H T
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December 23, 2004
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

The Hope of Glory (cont'd.)

969. A countless throng
I have always derived much comfort from the statement of
Revelation 7:9 that the company of the redeemed in heaven
will be 'a great multitude which no man could number'. I
do not profess to know how this can be, since Christians
have always seemed to be a rather small minority. But
Scripture states it for our comfort. Although no biblical
Christian can be a universalist (believing that all mankind
will ultimately be saved), since Scripture teaches the
awful reality and eternity of hell, yet a biblical
Christian can -- even must -- assert that the redeemed will
somehow be an international throng so immense as to be
countless. For God's promise is going to be fulfilled, and
Abraham's seed is going to be as innumerable as the dust of
the earth, the stars of the sky and the sand on the
seashore.

--From 'The Living God is a Missionary God', in "You Can
Tell the World", ed. J. E. Berney (Downers Grove: IVP,
1979), p. 31.

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--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", p. 404, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.

N.B., I found the preceeding quote interesting in light of the grief that Stott has taken for anihilationism -- obviously there was a shift in his position. He has since, by the way, declared that he is agnostic on the issue. DC
Sunday, December 26, 2004
 
N.B., it occurred to me that, as an evangelical who values God's Word, the Gospel and Epistle belong with the Collects. Henceforth, they'll be included. DC


The Sunday after Christmas-Day

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. Gal. 4. 1.
NOW I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

The Gospel. St. Matth. 1. 18.
NOW the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Saturday, December 25, 2004
 
The Nativity of our Lord, or the Birth-day of Christ,
Commonly called Christmas-Day


ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
 
Saint Thomas the Apostle

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who, for the greater confirmation of the faith, didst suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's resurrection; Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight ma never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore, Amen.
Sunday, December 19, 2004
 
The Fourth Sunday in Advent

O LORD, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
 
What more do we need to know?


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T H E J O H N S T O T T D A I L Y T H O U G H T
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December 19, 2004
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

The Hope of Glory (cont'd.)

965. What more do we need to know?
There is no need for us to speculate about the precise
nature of heaven. We are assured on the authority of Jesus
Christ that it is the house and the home of his Father and
ours (there are twenty-two references to the Father in John
14), that his home is a prepared place containing many
rooms or resting places, and that he himself will be there.
What more do we need to know? To be certain that where he
is, there we shall be also should be enough to satisfy our
curiosity and allay our fears.

--From 'The Upper Room Discourse', in "Christ the
Liberator", by John Stott and others (Downers Grove: IVP,
1971), p. 34.

Friday, December 17, 2004
 
PRESS RELEASE - 17 DecemberTHE Anglican Church in America (Traditional Anglican Communion)

Office of the Primate



The Rev. Dr. David L. Moyer Elected Bishop by the Anglican Church in America


Rosemont, PA, Dec. 16 – The Rev. Dr. David L. Moyer, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, PA, has been elected to be a Bishop in The Anglican Church in America, a member Church of the worldwide Traditional Anglican Communion.



In announcing Father Moyer’s election, Archbishop Louis Falk, Primate of the Anglican Church in America, said, “Our House of Bishops unanimously elected Fr. Moyer for many reasons, not the least among them his many years of committed, proven pastoral leadership and his untiring efforts to bring about full Christian unity and communion in proclaiming and living the Gospel of Christ.”



Fr. Moyer, a native of Somerville, NJ, was ordained a Priest in 1976, and has been Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd since 1989. Expressing his gratitude to the electing Bishops, he said, “I believe that God is calling the Traditional Anglican Communion to be an instrument of unity and reconciliation in the one Church of Christ for those who have maintained the Anglican tradition since St. Augustine came to Canterbury more than 1400 years ago.” He further added, “I will remain as Rector of Good Shepherd and will continue with the Diocese of the Upper Shire in the Anglican Communion Province of Central Africa. The status of Good Shepherd will not change.”



The consecration of Fr. Moyer will take place on Feb. 16 at 7:30 PM in the Church of the Good Shepherd. The consecrators will be Archbishop Falk, Archbishop John Hepworth, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, and Bishop Louis Campese, Bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern U.S. of the Anglican Church in America. A number of Bishops from other jurisdictions are also expected to be present.



In addition to his other duties, which will now include administering the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Orders, Bishop-elect Moyer will have pastoral oversight of the military chaplaincies in the Anglican Church in America, and in the Traditional Anglican Communion throughout the world.



For additional information contact:



The Office of the Most Rev. Louis W. Falk, Primate

Anglican Church in America

2365 NW 162nd Lane

Clive, IA 50235

Tel. 515-987-0125

E-Mail: BishopDMV@aol.com



 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Dr. Kerk Burbank
610-647-1943
kburbank@att.net

Cynthia Brust
202-412-8721

13 projects in nine countries tackle everything from AIDS to evangelism


Just two months after being launched, the Anglican Relief and
Development Fund (ARDF), announced its first slate of projects on
December 4.

In all, the organization is committing nearly a half million dollars
to 13 projects in nine global south countries. "Nine of those projects
will be funded immediately," said Dr. Kerk Burbank, Executive Director
of ARDF. "With the help of ARDF donors, the remaining four are
scheduled for funding during the early months of 2005 as additional
contributions are made to the fund."

The nine projects include: an HIV/AIDS project in Kenya and another in
South Africa; an Anglican hospital in a rapidly growing part of Cairo,
Egypt; three agricultural projects in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda;
expansion of an education program among the Dalit (or "untouchables")
in India; a micro loan project in the slums of Manila, Philippines;
and an education project in the African nation of Eritrea. "These
projects are just the first in what we hope are a long, long line of
initiatives that will bring both physical and spiritual health to
people all over the world," said Burbank. "I am excited, humbled and
gratified by the prayers and financial support of so many that is
making this first round of funding possible," he added.

"Our goal is not simply to be benefactors of those in the global
south, but to partner with them in confronting the challenges they
face," said the Very Rev. Peter C. Moore, chairman of ARDF's board.
"We couldn't do that unless they were fully involved in the
decision-making process."

Each project was initially researched in depth by Geneva Global, the
ARDF's research and donor partner. Geneva Global, a leader in the
emerging field of performance philanthropy, draws on its extensive
network of over 400 staff and volunteers to identify the most
promising projects, check the local reputations of the project
carriers, assess risks, and make funding recommendations to the ARDF.

Final decisions are made by the ARDF's Board of Trustees. The Chairman
of the Board is The Very Rev. Peter C. Moore, President emeritus of
Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. Archbishop Peter Akinola of
Nigeria is patron of the fund. Other Trustees include Archbishop Henry
Orombi of Uganda; Archbishop Drexel Gomez of the West Indies;
Archbishop Yong Ping Chung of Southeast Asia; Archbishop David Gitari
of Kenya (retired); Mrs. Laura Allen of Dallas, TX; Dr. Paul Marshall
of Washington D.C.; Dr. Bill Blackburn of Vero Beach, FL; Rev. Praveen
Bunyan of Newport Beach, CA; and Rev. Gregory Brewer of Paoli, PA.
Rev. Simon Barnes, Senior Vice-President of Geneva Global and Dr. Kerk
Burbank also serve as Trustees. Bishop Robert Duncan of the Episcopal
Diocese of Pittsburgh is president of the ARDF and an ex-officio board
member.

With over $420,000 already donated or committed, the ARDF is beginning
a push to expand the ranks of its supporters. Those affiliated with
the Anglican Communion Network should expect to receive more
information on the work of ARDF and how they can join in it soon.
Others who would like information on the work of ARDF are welcome to
contact the organization directly at Anglican Relief and Development
Fund, 1550 Liberty Ridge Drive, Suite 330, Wayne , PA 19087. Tel:
610-647-1943. Checks should be made payable to "Network of Anglican
Communion Dioceses and Parishes" with a memo line note saying "ARDF."
Tax-deductible gifts for the work of the ARDF may be sent to ARDF, 905
Oliver Building, 535 Smithfield St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund was formed as a ministry of
the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes in September,
2004.

info@anglicancommunionnetwork.org


Wednesday, December 15, 2004
 
Church of Kenya Rejects Trinity Wall Street Money

The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) is the latest African church to
reject financial aid from individuals and organizations which
supported the New Hampshire consecration. ACK recently terminated a
six-year partnership with Trinity Parish, Wall Street, which had
funded the ACK's Theological Education by Extension program.

Administered by ACK's provincial office and validated by Carlisle
College in Nairobi, the program has more than 4,000 students enrolled
in its basic course. There are more than 450 students in its
certificate program with Trinity, Wall Street, covering the
administrative costs.

The British evangelical group Reform, in conjunction with the
Crosslinks missionary society of London, has pledged to replace the
funds to the province following its decision not to accept additional
money from Trinity, Wall Street.

In July, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya asked David Williams, a
Crosslinks missionary and principal of Carlile College, to take over
the theological program as the ACK could no longer, as a matter of
conscience, accept funds from Trinity.

Alan Purser, Crosslinks London regional team leader, told THE LIVING
CHURCH the organization was "fully supportive of" the actions taken by
Kenya and other churches in refusing funds from the U.S. At this
point, the "initiative now rests with individual [congregations] to
participate if they so wish, and I expect there may be others outside
of the Reform constituency who might also wish to do so," he stated.
At its national conference in October, Reform pledged to "commit
itself, in partnership with Crosslinks," to replace the funds "that
ACK has forfeited by virtue of their principled stand in declining
funds from ECUSA."

–The Living Church

Courtesy: http://titusonenine.classicalanglican.net/

 
>The Ember Days

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast committed to the hands of men the ministry of reconciliation; We humbly beseech thee, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, to put it into the hearts of many to offer themselves for this ministry; that thereby mankind may be drawn to thy blessed kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Monday, December 13, 2004
 
The Third Sunday in Advent

O LORD Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Sunday, December 12, 2004
 
What is and what will be


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T H E J O H N S T O T T D A I L Y T H O U G H T
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December 12, 2004
Authentic Christianity
From the writings of Dr. John R. W. Stott

The Hope of Glory (cont'd.)

958. What is and what will be
Already the kingdom of God has been inaugurated and is
advancing; not yet has it been consummated. Already the
new age (the age to come) has come, so that we have 'tasted
.. the powers of the coming age'; not yet has the old age
completely passed away. Already we are God's sons and
daughters, and no longer slaves; not yet have we entered
'the glorious freedom of the children of God'. An
overemphasis on the 'already' leads to triumphalism, the
claim to perfection -- either moral (sinlessness) or
physical (complete health) -- which belongs only to the
consummated kingdom, the 'not yet'. An overemphasis on the
'not yet' leads to defeatism, an acquiescence in continuing
evil which is incompatible with the 'already' of Christ's
victory.

--From "The Cross of Christ" (Leicester and Downers Grove:
IVP, 1986), p. 240.

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--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", pp. 400-401, by
permission of InterVarsity Press
Monday, December 06, 2004
 
The Second Sunday in Advent

BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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