Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Renewal of Ordination Vows

It has been a long-standing tradition in many Christian churches that the clergy gather with their bishop during Holy Week and renew the vows and promises they made to God when they were ordained.  Most often, this occurs on Maundy Thursday, but we chose to hold this sacred time on Tuesday because of the distances many clergy have to travel.

Sharing Communion Together
Worshipping the LORD

Bishop David Anderson

With Chima Ekeke and Celestine Ironna

Ed Koen, Tom Waddell, Bill Arnold, and John Hurd

We had a delightful and Spirit-empowering day!!  Since the Anglican Diocese of the South is a new creation within the past year, this was our first time to do this.  For many of our presbyters and deacons, it was the first time or first time in a long time since the recent Anglican dispersia.  What a great day it was!  Bishop David Anderson preached encouraging the clergy to walk in faith and obedience; apply our faith in practical ways; serve under the godly authority and moment-by-moment leadership of Jesus; and to go deep with Jesus by continually talking to him.  The Rev. Russell Buchard led a seminar on "Understanding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit," and The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey led a seminar on "Clergy Self-Care."  Both were well attended.  Lastly, the people of Holy Cross served lunch and provided warm hospitality to all who came.

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