This will be a short charge – cannot review the year that has gone!
Appointments and announcements.
When you retire from ACoC HoB you receive a glass dish with diocesan coats of arms. Managed to break it before it got home. Perhaps a god-incidence….. Thought about it when I reliquished my orders. Many fond memories with Canadian HoB. Another god-incidence with Bp Malcolm Harding, do not have time to outline story.
Appointment as Archdeacon: Rev Canon Charlie Masters
Appointment as Prolocutor: Rev George Sinclair
Appointment as Chancellor: Cheryl Chang
Appointment as Admin Assistant: Ron Bales (sp?)
Welcome first parish into churches of the Network: Church of the Resurrection, Hope, BC.
Welcome second parish into churches of the Network: St Johns, Richmond, BC.
First license granted: Rev Dr Archie Pell
Second license granted : Rev Sean Love
Sun 2nd Dec there will be ordinations to the diaconate.
Clarification on WO: To be clear, women have same status as men in the churches of the Network. We will respect differences of opinion.
We have had a great time here with like-minded people. Know as we go back home it may be difficult. Raise a shield of a prayer life.
Issue you a warning: We have attained great degrees of success and recognition in the last while. We must be careful with success – satan will try and thwart us. You can be sure that things will happen to try and offset you (ed – full armour of God folks).
2 Kings 6
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Those in leadership positions must be particularly wary. Friends may snub you, the hardest wounds.
Lastly, it is significant that we are starting as Advent begins. Awake, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Jerimiah 8 v11:
They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
“Peace, peace,” they say,
when there is no peace.
Repent – all of us – we too are responsible for much of what has happened.
Let us not spend too much time bemoaning the past, but put our hands to the plough and look forward. When we repent and move out to do what we are called to do, suffer for the gospel, then:
19 Therefore this is what the LORD says:
“If you repent, I will restore you
that you may serve me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
you will be my spokesman.
Let this people turn to you,
but you must not turn to them.
20 I will make you a wall to this people,
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you
but will not overcome you,
for I am with you
to rescue and save you,”
declares the LORD.