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!