12 March 2007

Attention Anglican Bishops!

God gave us free will and a world that is not as black and white as some would like it to be where, apart from God, change is the only constant.  There are no easy answers or quick solutions to a lot of problems, including the ones causing trouble in the Anglican Communion.

I just wish that all y'all, our dear primates and non-primatial bishops, would just slow down, take deep breaths, practice intentional discernment, live in the tension of being in the sisterhood & brotherhood of the adopted children of God, and decide, in classical Anglican style, to let the Holy Spirit sort things out in the end.

Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace.  Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it.  Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior.  Amen.
source:  The Book of Common Prayer (1979), page 816
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel at Camp Allen in the Diocese of Texas for the renewal and mission of your Church.  Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory.  Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ
our Lord.  Amen.
source: adapted from The Book of Common Prayer (1979), page 818
By the way, no matter what all y'all decide I will not cede my membership in either the Anglican Communion or the Episcopal Church unless God personally tells me to. As far as I'm concerned I'm an Anglican and I'm an Episcopalian and I'm going to stay both at least until I die.
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Blogger David Chillingworth said...

I like that - no of course church leaders can't sort of decide about people, their faith and their membership as if they were commodoties.

As you suggest, I'll read the statements and post on my blog


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