Hello POR members and friends,
I bring you greetings in the name of our Savior and Lord.
First, let me repent to all of you for the lack of communication from my office, especially to the US part of our Province. If you have felt neglected, you have every right to those feelings, and I commit to cure that failure.
I’ve realized that my schedule has been managing me, not vice versa. I’m going to begin scheduling the times I read and reply to email, and the times I’m available for phone calls. This will allow me to make time for focused communication with key elements of the province.
My twofold purpose for this email is to first ask for your prayers for our CEEC International Synod convening this week (Tuesday-Friday) in Hutchinson, Kansas. I will not give you a laundry list of specifics, but we will be deliberating over several very pressing issues concerning the work of our Communion. Please pray that all the Bishops and Clergy will be drawn into the heart of God and that His will be done in all decisions.
Second, I want to call our Province and Commission on World Missions and Development to Action!
ACTION REQUEST #1 – Let’s all recommit ourselves to the rhythm of prayer in the use of the Daily Office. There are several very good options for you to choose from. Of course, one option is the Book of Common Prayer (1979). Another option is the new ACNA Prayer Book. Personally, I particularly like the Mission of St. Clare website. It provides the Daily Office in both English and Spanish, and you can make use of the print or audio version. Also, consider downloadiung the PRAY app and becoming part of our CEEC Prayer Community. You'll be able to see, send and share prayer requests with the CEEC orayer community. Get the app HERE.
ACTION REQUEST #2 – We need to begin now to prepare ourselves for Advent this year. The season that is often over shadowed by all things secular. I would strongly encourage you to consider praying and preparing your own hearts to preach and teach on HIS first coming, HIS continued coming through those being born again, and also HIS second coming. Make certain that you are giving your congregants a full understanding of all three comings! And of course, don’t forget to preach on “the in between time” from now until HE comes again.
ACTION REQUEST #3 is that we all become more intentional about the Great Commission, both domestic and international. You can do this by using the many tools available for local evangelism and please go to our World Missions website at CEEC.CHURCH. For example, ALPHA is one of the easiest and most effective outreach plans a church can use, it’s been called evangelism for people who hate evangelism. We can help you use ALPHA to build your church. Perhaps you might consider running a short term mission trip or select a ministry that you would like to support. One idea is to set a daily alarm on your phone for 9:38am. Why? You'll find the answer HERE.
Also, please read the information that we've just released about our churches in Pakistan, which are known as the Episcopal Church Pakistan. Up until now, the details of our work there have been guarded. But Bishop Hizkiel has asked us to make everything public now, as he feels this is actually going to increase their safety. So, please go to CEEC.CHURCH and scroll down to the Mission Highlight - 3 Reasons the CEEC Church in Pakistan Grows In Difficult Times. And then please PRAY for him and the CEEC work in Pakistan!
ACTION REQUEST #4 is that we reflect on our personal faithfulness in the paying of our tithes and giving offerings. Faithful financial support from the clergy and the parish allow your gifts to facilitate ministry at all other levels - the Diocese, the Archdiocese, the Province and for World Missions. Many of our jurisdictions (such as Pakistan, South Sudan, Kenya and Mexico) operate under persecution or extreme poverty. Our tithes and offerings allow each of us to impact their ministries. If you are not clear on your responsibilities in this canonical process, please call or email me.
In closing, I want you all to know that I pray for each of you regularly and always carry you in my heart. Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving with you. I will purpose to do a better job, and with your prayers I know I can succeed.
Now, “May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Num. 6:23b–26).
Peace and grace,