Zachary Jones is the new Assistant Rector at Christ Church Westshore in Bay Village, OH. This was his first time at Synod with ADGL, and he captured the spirit of Synod in the video above, as well as his words below:
"The vision I had in my head for synod was the drudgery of business meeting after business meeting. I was pleasantly surprised when I left synod feeling refreshed. Synod's emphasis was clear: we need to learn to hear the voice of God in our lives and emphasize mission, not membership, in our local parish contexts. This year's synod was a time of worship, fellowship, and prayer. You can talk to any clergy or laity who were in attendance and I am certain you would hear the same thing: God is at work in this diocese. I am excited to hear the testimonies from all over the diocese from now to our next synod as we disciple our parishes into this vision: Sunday is not the mission, it is for the mission."
The ADGL celebrated with the Company of Jesus as the Very Rev. Fr. Abbott General Timothy Luken, C.J. was commissioned as Abbott General of the Company of Jesus. Join us in praying blessings over his ministry!
From: The Rev. Eric Harmon
Some years ago I experienced an infection in my ears. As a result I was left with permanent ringing due to the nerve damage from the infection. This condition called tinnitus has no cure, only treatment. I have for some time been praying that God would show me his healing power and touch my ear. While at synod this year there came a time when the brothers and sisters received a word for healing. My heart quickened when Father Allen stepped up to the microphone and spoke the words "left ear". I had never experienced anything like this before! I stepped forward and Father Allen prayed over my ear. I quickly ran out of the sanctuary to see what may have been done. To my amazement the ringing was gone! Praise God! He is able! I had the most quiet night of sleep I have had in many years.
I am thankful to have experienced the healing power of God. However, His ways are not our ways and the ringing has returned. But this time much lower than it has ever been. Please join me in prayer for discernment and thanksgiving!
Chrism Mass was held on Wednesday, March 20th at St. Luke's Church. The Rev. Bryan Hollon gave the homily, encouraging clergy in the renewing of their vows, and in the power of God's Word preached. The Rt. Rev. Ronald Jackson celebrated and blessed the oils, which will be available for all clergy at Synod, and is also available at the Diocesan offices. Lunch was enjoyed following the service.
Link to Homily by The Rev. Bryan Hollon:
The ADGL is blessed to be in relationship with United Adoration, a group whose mission is "bringing artists together for the glory of God, the healing of His Church and the empowerment of local congregations to sing their song, tell their story and move forward in their mission." UA hosts songwriting retreats, trains local leaders, seeks to see the local church release songs and sounds that inspire believers, and does this globally, celebrating the unique things God is doing in communities throughout the world. Check out what God is up to through UA:
United Adoration has several upcoming retreats. Check out their retreat page for more info., and to register!
Check out the UA Website to hear more about how UA began, and what God is doing now through UA.
This June, the Anglican Church in North America celebrates its 10th anniversary with Assembly 2019: Renewing Our Call to the Great Commission, an assembly centered on discipleship and moving forward into our next 10 years as a province.
Assembly will be held in Plano, Texas, June 17-19, 2019 and hosted by Christ Church Plano, the site of Archbishop Bob Duncan’s installation as the inaugural archbishop in 2009.
Keynote speakers Archbishop Foley Beach, Archbishop Laurent Mbanda, James Bryan Smith, Russell Moore, and Ravi Zacharias will join us as we celebrate and help us go deeper into discipleship.
To commemorate the occasion, attendees will receive a special edition of the new Revised Catechism and the 2019 Book of Common Prayer. Both will be officially released at Assembly.
From now until January 15, receive early bird pricing at $395 per person.
Visit disciple2019.com now for more information and to register.
We want to celebrate what our brother Br. Tim Luken is doing in and with his ministry. This is a physical example of the love Jesus has for all his people, especially the marginalized, poor, and outcast. Pray for Br. Tim as he continues in this incredibly difficult but incredibly rewarding ministry.
The Anglican Church is reaching out to those affected by the California wildfires, the worst in the state’s history! The Vry Rev. Victor Schreffler is the Anglican Dean of the Sacramento Valley in the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). He sends this report:
“The situation is horrible beyond words! Prayers are very much needed for the emergency responders as well as victims and their families. It occurs to me that in some ways it’s like a nuclear meltdown because repercussions will be far reaching and long lasting. Sensitive groups breathing the air will be impacted even after the smoke has cleared. Rural hospitals are already struggling and closing at an alarming rate….Restoring health care access will be a challenge.”
It is too early to know all that will be required to restore these communities. We do know that it will take donations of time and money from those across the country. The Anglican Relief and Development Fund and the Anglican Church in North America are partnering with C4SO to deliver aid to those who need it most. This can happen quickly – with your help. While the churches are not ready to receive your volunteer labor, they are ready to receive your prayers and your financial help!
You can donate by mailing a check (with “California Wildfires” in the memo line) to:
The Anglican Relief and Development Fund
P.O. Box 645354
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5354
Or donate online here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E92060&id=126
Information, as it becomes available, can be found here and on the ARDF blog. Do not hesitate to reach out directly to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-251-6045) if you have questions.
To learn more, click here.
Reported by Fr. Sean Templeton, Lakewood Anglican:
I am happy to report what can only be explained as a miracle. I shared this with the congregation yesterday and thought it too good not to share with you. I hope you find it encouraging.
It is far less often than I would like that I can bear witness to a miracle but today Leah and I can do so. Some of you know last night (Tuesday) I rushed from our Mission Council meeting with Leah to a Toledo hospital. Leah had received a text from Kelly Fahle that her husband Mike was in the hospital. You may remember that we baptized their daughter Anne this past summer (pictured below, Mike is on the far right).
The news from the text was not good. Due to a chronic-hereditary illness, part of Mike’s pancreas had died and was rendering him septic (blood poisoning). The doctors said that this could be fatal. They assessed it as likely fatal because of the dead tissue. They did multiple scans and blood tests to confirm his condition and treated him with antibiotics to try to stabilize him for possible surgery the next day.
Our Mission Council prayed for Mike (who is only 46). I called and asked Fr. Joshua Ajayi to pray for him and Mark Hottel as well as some others. Of course, Leah and I prayed also prayed as we rushed down the Turnpike. When Leah and I arrived around 11p.m. Mike was awake but on some serious pain-killers (and still in pain). We talked. He reflected on his life and what would happen to his wife and young daughter. He also expressed remorse at not being a better witness for Jesus.
I then conducted the Sacramental Rite of Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction). As one of my Anglo-Catholic priest friends recently taught me, I took off my cross and had him hold it over his chest and anointed him generously with the Oil of the Sick and laid hands on him. After we prayed, he said he felt something and was at peace. He later described it to me. He said that he felt a hand over his hands clutching the cross, but opened his eyes and my hands were elsewhere. He said that as I prayed he felt a hand reach into him, as a hand reaches into a bowl of water (except he was the water). Having completed our prayer, Leah and I left Mike in the Lord’s hands and drove home continuing to ask God’s mercy and healing into the next morning.
The next morning Mike called me. He sounded like his usual self. He said, “whatever you did, it worked.” I reminded him that it most assuredly was not my doing – I was only being obedient and acting for the Church. He acknowledged that, thanked me for our prayers, and proceeded to tell me that the doctors had come in to do tests and determine how to proceed with surgery but the dead part of his pancreas was no longer dead! It was alive again. Furthermore, there was no sign of the previous day’s infection in his blood! He was far from septic. His numbers were returning to normal. The doctors were amazed and plan to release him soon but want to do a study on him. They are puzzled, but we know what happened. God healed him!
Suffice it to say, just as in Jesus’ time, healing goes on today. Miracles still happen and God honors our prayers and obedience. He works through the Sacramental Rites of the Church. Let us thank God, for this miraculous healing and give Him glory.
Let us Pray,
Almighty God and heavenly Father, we give thee humble
thanks because thou hast been graciously pleased to deliver
from his sickness thy servant Mike, in whose behalf we bless
and praise thy Name. Grant, O gracious Father, that he,
through thy help, may live in this world according to thy will,
and also be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rev’d Sean Templeton
Lakewood Anglican, Vicar