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October 2012

run without stumbling

Let us pray (in silence) [that God’s love strengthen us to do God’s will] pause Almighty and merciful God, it is your gift alone by which your faithful people offer you true and laudable service, grant, we beseech you, that we may run, without stumbling, towards your promises; through Jesus Christ who is alive with

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Synod of bishops

The Synod of Bishops has concluded in Rome. The theme of this, the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, was the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. Here is the the Message of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God. A taster: …The beauty of faith must

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A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor

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marriage curate’s egg

The International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC) is reporting to the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC15) starting its meeting today. That reporting will include the new Statement from the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, Rites Relating to Marriage (PDF) In the current more-heat-than-light Anglican controversy about committed same-sex couples I have often thought that we need to work

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stand up and be confirmed

I’m sure we can all get into an unquestioned way of doing things. For confirmation I’m used to seeing people kneel, facing liturgical East (in the same direction as the congregation, so those being confirmed have their back to the congregation), with the bishop laying on hands facing liturgical West. Within the safety of this

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Anglican Consultative Council

revising the marks of mission?

Regulars here realise I initiated a call to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Consultative Council, beginning their meeting in Auckland this weekend, to revise the statement of the Marks of Mission. This included providing people the opportunity of signing their name to this. The best first draft so far of a possible revised

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Express God’s nature

Let us pray (in silence) [that God’s love strengthen us to do God’s will] pause Almighty everliving God, increase within us your gifts of faith, hope, and love, and make us cherish what you command, so that we may obtain what you promise; through Jesus Christ who is alive with you in the unity of

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