Wednesday, November 21, 2007

New Bishop Consecrated For Southeast Diocese

On Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 2:00 PM, the Most Reverend Leonard Riches consecrated the Very Reverend Alphonza Gadsden, Sr. a Bishop in the Church of God and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Southeast at Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church, Pineville, SC.

Father Michael Orr,MSJ, who represented us at this consecration in South Carolina says, "The service was well attended, 300 or more - communion took a long time to complete."

"I spoke briefly with the Presiding Bishop, Leonard Riches. He was very charitable and warm."

"The consecration was very dignified and well ordered. The love and respect for clergy was very tangible and, from what I observed, the clergy love and respect the people of God as well."

"It was a blessed experience to see my brothers and sisters worshiping God in the beauty of Holiness, and seeing an African-American consecrated bishop in the church of God."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New Favorite Hymn

Ok, so it isn't new, but it is new to me. Last week, while at Nashotah House, the evening high mass was packed out and the Nashotah Hymn was sung with rafter rattling gusto. I was moved and maybe it was because I was seated directly next to the organist, who also happens to be the contributing composer of this hymn, but this hymn will live on in my heart for a very long time. +Frederick G. Fick

Here is a link for an mp3

Here is the text to sing along.

1. Firmly I believe and truly
God is three, and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son.

Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus,
de profundis oro te,
Miserere, judex meus,
parce mihi Domine.

2. And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death, as He has died.

3. Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong,
And I love, supremely, solely,
Him the holy, Him the strong.

4. And I hold in veneration,
For the love of Him alone,
Holy Church, as His creation,
And her teachings as His own.

5. Adoration ay be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and heaven,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Paraphrase of the Refrain:
Holy mighty, Holy God,
from the depths I beseech thee,
have mercy, O my judge,
spare me, O Lord.

Text from The Dream of Gerontius
John Henry Newman, 1801-1890

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Father Francis In Tanzania

Embarking on his sixth trip to Africa, Fr. Francis Wardega MSJ has begun his 6-week teaching mission in Tanzania. We remember this mission in our prayers. For more information on Fr. Francis' mission work, view his website:

Office of Foreign Missions

Friday, November 2, 2007

Clergy Vote To Join Anglican Rite Diocese

At it's fall gathering, the clergy of the Missionary Society have unanimously voted to seek clergy credentialing from the Anglican Rite Diocese of St. Augustine, Anglican Province of America.

Bishop Larry Shaver, ordinary of the Anglican Rite Diocese, expressed his joy in the clergy's decision and offered a prayer for a hope filled future of shared ministry and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

All pastors and ministry leaders were urged by Bishop Fick to provide gentle and sensitive pastoral care during this process as each parish has unique needs and will consider its involvement at a pace it deems best, insuring the full involvement of the laity.

While seen as an important first step in a careful process of integrating into the Anglican Rite Diocese, each parish and ministry must consider its commitment through the processes articulated within its own by-laws.

The clergy expressed their joy and confidence in sensing the leading of the Lord and are looking forward to continue to be about the fulfilling their calling to preach the Gospel and administer the sacraments, making known the love of Christ to all people.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Annual Clergy Gathering

The Missionaries of St. John will gather for a clergy conference in Clinton Township, Michigan, October 28-30 for an annual meeting.

We look forward to three days of worship, prayer, fellowship and the work that is before us. A convocation Eucharist will be celebrated on Monday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. John the Apostle Church, 18401 Canal Road, Clinton Township, Michigan.

Please call 586-263-9249 for further information.

Friday, October 12, 2007

FACA Meeting

The Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas met this week in Summerville. The day long meeting brought together leaders of various Anglican jurisdictions in the United States. The day was very useful in hearing the reports of Common Cause Partners meeting in Pittsburgh. The various bishops introduced themselves to each other and the meeting produced a day of prayer, fellowship and relationship building. We were honored to be involved.

We left the meeting very encouraged by the discussion. Our special thanks to the Southeast Diocese and Canon Ron Moock of the REC for all their hard work in hosting this gathering.

This FACA gathering was said to have been the largest, by far, to date with many new faces and new jurisdictions coming together.

We were encouraged to continue to pray for unity and especially to pray for those bishops, clergy and people in T.E.C. whose intention of standing for righteousness and fidelity in the historic faith is causing them to suffer much stress. Our prayers ascend.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

FACA Meeting

Bishop Ray Sutton reports that the next meeting of the bishops of the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas is scheduled to be held in Summerville, South Carolina, October 8th. Representation would be expected from the Anglican Province of America, the Episcopal Missionary Church, the Anglican Church in America, the Diocese of the Holy Cross, the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Mission In America.

We have been invited to share in this meeting and Bishop Frederick Fick is looking forward to attending. We invite everyone's remembrance of this important gathering in their prayers. May the Lord continue to bring unity to a faithful Anglican witness in this country, even as we pray for unity in all of Christ's church.

Friday, September 21, 2007

More On Being Anglican

“Anglicanism,” Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher once wrote, “has no peculiar thought, practice, creed or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic constitution of Christ’s Church from the beginning.” It may licitly teach as necessary for salvation nothing but what is read in the Holy Scriptures as God’s Word written or may be proved thereby. It therefore embraces and affirms such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the Scriptures, and thus to be counted apostolic. The Church has no authority to innovate: it is obliged continually, and particularly in times of renewal or reformation, to return to “the faith once delivered to the saints.”

To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a “Mere Christian,” at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bread And Sawdust

Fr. Bob Lemmon MSJ works and ministers in south central Kentucky. Recently, Fr. Bob began blogging and calls his site "Bread and Sawdust". To find out why, check out his site. We have been blessed by reading his posts and thought you might be as well.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Anglican Way Institute

Recently, at a gathering at his church, of largely college-aged people, Bishop Sutton hosted an Anglican Way Institute. Those four, one hour, lectures can be heard here:

We recommend taking a listen.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Lunch With Bishop Ray Sutton

This past week, I had the pleasure to share the company of +Ray Sutton. With his usual warm hospitality and wry wit, we were entertained to a brief tour of the beautiful facility that is the Church of the Holy Communion, Dallas, followed by a wonderful meal with relaxed conversation that went on for quite some time.

As we swapped stories and shared, my joy was full and I departed energized.

Thank you, Bishop Sutton, for a wonderful day. Thank you Father Bob Tomlinson, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Hurst, Texas, for arranging this day.

+Frederick Fick

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Where Are These Children Going?

To the future, of course. The generation that will be leaders in the very near future are the children of today. These too are our mission field. In most of our parishes, children are not only present, they predominate!

Our mission as Christian parents, as Sunday School and Vacation Bible School leaders is of utmost importance. Wherever we minister, the faces we see are youthful and filled with faith that God is already in our tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

1549 Book of Common Prayer

The First English Prayer Book is back in print. The very first Prayer Book, now 450 years old, has been re-printed. On a whim, we ordered a copy from Amazon. What a gorgeous little book. Reproduced in a clear, easy to read font, the type face makes this jewel a treasure inside a sturdy and tasteful cover. Yes, the rubrics are really in red. However, the beauty is much more than skin deep. To enjoy the offices of Matins or Compline is to experience the timeless majesty of daily prayer in the Anglican way.

A particular blessing is to read through the Communion liturgy and to discover how one finds the rite as familiar to one's soul, heart and mind as any Prayer Book of more modern use. The rhythm of the text flows off the pages with complete ease.

This first English Prayer Book was the foundation for later versions that would be produced by Anglicans throughout history. To many, none ever surpassed the original.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Slide Show Of Anglican Worship

Recently, we have had the pleasure of speaking with other bishops of the Federation of Anglican Churches about the future of Anglican unity and orthodox witness here in the United States and how our Society might participate.

We want to express our deepest appreciation to the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton of the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Most Rev. Larry Shaver, Diocese of St. Augustine, the Anglican Province of America, for their kind words of welcome, warm hospitality and wise direction.

We look forward to future conversations and co-operation in mission and ministry with these leaders and with their respective churches.

On another note, a terrific slide show of a recent confirmation/ordination service at St. Andrew's EMC, Gainesville, FL has been posted here.

Have patience, as it takes a minute to load. Make sure you sound is up.

Take a look into the beauty and holiness that is Anglican worship. For those who would like a glimpse into what makes Prayer Book worship so special, this might give you some insight.

Monday, June 11, 2007

What is an Anglican?

An Anglican is a Christian whose belief and practice is rooted in the Bible, guided by the teachings and tradition of the early Christian Fathers, and structured by the traditions of the Book of Common Prayer, the hallmark of English orthodoxy.

We are Catholic because we believe and practice the universal or Catholic faith of the church that has been handed down to us from the time of the Apostles.

For further study, we recommend a text by the Anglican apologist, Vernon Staley, entitled, "The Catholic Religion". These books are increasingly hard to find, but re-print copies are still available through the Nashotah House Seminary Bookstore.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Evangelicals On The Canterbury Trail

The title of a book by Robert Webber, of recent repose, is indeed a fitting description for most of the clergy and people that make up the Society's parishes and ministries.

For more than a dozen years, people have journeyed from diverse and varied backgrounds to embrace the Book of Common Prayer which gives words to their faith, a grounded identity and have discovered a growing love for the Sacraments, the means of grace.

Perhaps more e
xciting has been the privilege of sharing in the work of Christ, in fulfilling the Great Commission and sharing the faith with those who had never known the Lord. We love witnessing lives changed by the power of the Gospel.

We do not presume to come to this Thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteous but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy Table. But Thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he is us. Amen.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Timeless Faith For Every Generation

Our faith is ancient, our succession apostolic, and our tradition of Prayer Book worship is centuries old, and yet, we must hear and proclaim the Good News in our own generation.

In every generation, God gives musicians inspiration for new songs to
expresses the faith once given. The songs from the hearts of contemporary Christians blend with the great hymns of Wesley, Watts, and with the song of all the company of heaven in their unending praise of God.

We are Christians standing firmly on the unwavering foundations of the past, empowered by the Holy Spirit today and embracing the future with hope and joy.

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