Ten Reasons Why I am for Affiliation with ACNA: Bishop Lawrence's Address to the 226th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina
Written by SCDiosAdministrator
The following address was delivered by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence XIV Bishop of South Carolina, at the 226th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina held at St. Paul’s Church, Summerville on March 11, 2017. Note: this printed version varies from the audio version. Listen to the sermon.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send Me.” Isaiah 6:8
Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, … I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,” Romans 1:1
In each of these passages, the emphasis is upon the will of God—the call of God. From Moses through Paul the call was not something the sojourner sought for himself. He was pressed into the service of God by the will of God. It was not his choice. Moses, Jeremiah, Paul all insist that theirs was not self-chosen task. They were cornered; and caught; and then they were called. Whatever owning there was of the call, and of course a call must eventually be owned—as we can hear in the responses of Isaiah and Mary—the owning is always secondary to God’s beckoning. Jesus said as much to his disciples “You did not chose me but I chose you.” But to say it again—however reluctantly in Jeremiah’s case—each of these saints owned the call; made decisions regarding the call; and took up the responsibilities that came with the call. There would be no excuses; No blaming of others; No taking refuge in hard circumstances. Some of you here have walked a similar path.
An Invitation to a Holy Lent from Bishop Mark Lawrence
Written by SCDiosAdministrator
When was the last time you examined your spiritual "equipment," to see what kind of shape it was in? In this brief Lenten video Bishop Mark Lawrence invites us to take time for spiritual examination, reflection, prayer and repentance..
He urges us to set aside 20-30 minutes and go off to a “lonely place” with a pad and pencil, our Bible and prayer book and ask God, through is Holy Spirit, to search us and know us – to shine a light on those areas he wants to transform.
The following 2017 Lenten programs and events are being offered across the Diocese of South Carolina. All are free (unless otherwise noted) and are open to the public. Note: they are listed by Deanery.
Lenten Parish Dinner and Video Series, St. Jude’s, Walterboro, March 8-April 15 “Who Is This Man?” by John Ortberg
On Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm St. Jude’s will be hosting a dinner and video series. The complexity, depth, and power of Jesus’ life are unique and unprecedented. His vision of life has impacted the development of everything from art and science to government, medicine and education. Just as amazing is the revolutionary way he treasured children, honored women, and had compassion on the suffering – none of which were esteemed amidst the prejudices of the ancient world.
Come and enjoy a parish dinner of soup and sandwiches followed by a 20-minute video on the incredible life of Jesus and his impact on the world and every life he touches.
March 8: The Man Who Won’t Go Away March 15: A Revolution of Humanity March 22: The Power of Forgiveness March 29: Why It’s a Small World After All April 5: Three Days That Changed the World
From Northern Nigeria to Northern Ireland; Third Anglican Leadership Institute Concludes
Written by The Very Rev. Dr. Peter Moore
The Third Anglican Leadership Institute is now history. As I write some are still in the air, and some have landed and rejoined their families.
And what a great group they were. They spanned the full Anglican spectrum:
- From the Rector of a posh downtown parish in a mid-sized Australian city to the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi;
- From a Rector in Brunei where Sharia Law prevents him from even having a Christmas tree outside the Church to a leader of young adults in a large Brazilian church who surfs in his spare time;
- From a bishop in northern Nigeria where unless a man "steals" another man's wife his own wife might accuse him of "not really being a man" to the assistant Rector of a booming Northern Ireland church who finished off 6 books while he was with us;
- From a former "Lost Boy" of South Sudan who runs a diocese that cannot afford him any salary and whose family must live in exile to a Deacon who assists the former President of GAFCON...
And on it goes. 16 marvelous people -- all Anglicans from 12 enormously different socio-economic situations living in cultures vastly different from each other. Yet all united in Jesus Christ and experiencing the joy of becoming a family. Our closing dinner was a time of deep prayer followed by hugs all around. Those Africans love to hug.
Sauls Challenges Churches to “Love People, Institutions and Cities to Life” at Listen & Speak Conference
There are three ways the Christian community can respond to society in a post-Christian age, according to Scott Sauls, speaker at the recent Listen & Speak conference held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston this past October. “Christians can compromise, they can judge, or they can bless and serve. Compromise is ineffective,” said Sauls. “Judging hurts things; all that’s left is loving and serving.”
Nominal Christianity is going away, according to Sauls, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Sauls went to Nashville after having spent five years on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with noted pastor and author Tim Keller.