Friday, June 26, 2009

A Glorious Worship Service

I was privileged to attend the Installation of Bob Duncan, Anglican Bishop of Pittsburgh, as the First Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America. The service was absolutely glorious and wonderful!! Christ Church, Plano, the Rev. David Rosebury, and their congregation served the rest of us in amazing fashion. The Sanctuary and Nave is huge, warm, inspirational and was overflowing. The music, both traditional and contemporary, was done with excellence and superb quality. Because of the acoustics, the sound system, the quality of the choir, singers, and musicians, it literally felt like you were singing in the midst of a symphony orchestra choir. The liturgy and sermon was right on. The Ordination liturgy and Anointing was extremely powerful.

Sung Prayer for the Holy Spirit for the new
Archbishop and the Anointing with Oil. The
view is from the right transcept. The view is
not a close-up.

It is now time for the Anglican Church in North America to get on with the WORK -- the work of reaching people for Jesus Christ and discipling them as He commanded. Although some churches are in the midst of litigation because of being sued for their property, most of us should now get on with the mission. Since we are all under godly, anointed, and appropriate human authority, resting on the authority of the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we have no excuse for not reaching North America for Jesus Christ. Let us pray for one another and "go for it" in the Name of Jesus Christ!

A Sample of the Excitement in Worship. This
is taken from the right transcept where some of us
clergy were sitting.

From Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest: "We make prayer the preparation for the work, it is never that in the Bible. Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. Don't say -- I will endure this until I can get away and pray. Pray now; draw on the grace of God in the moment of need."

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