Remembering the late Bishop Tony Palmer who was instrumental in paving the way towards the recognition of our unity in Christ Jesus. It is a great joy to see and hear Pope Francis along with the CEEC (Communion of Evangelical and Episcopal Churches) continuing to talk the talk and walk the walk!
May they be blessed in their desire to see the Lord’s prayer from John 17 fulfilled, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Br. Michael Daly. CJ
Here is a link to an excellent article by Bishop Quintin Moore of the CEEC (Communion of Evangelical and Episcopal Churches) on his recent trip to Rome and the call to Unity, which the late Bishop Tony Palmer helped ignite through his friendship with Pope Francis.
Pace e Bene
‘He (God) will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers’. 2Corinthians 1:10, 11
A small boy sat on the quayside, dipping his toes into the cool refreshing sea. Beside him sat an old weather-beaten Cornish sailor.
‘What is the wind?’ Asked the boy suddenly. There was a long pause while the two sat watching the breeze ruffle the water.
‘I don’t know,’ answered the old sailor at last. ‘I can’t tell you what the wind is. But I know how to hoist a sail.’
‘How does prayer work?’ some people ask, to which I, along with many others, would reply, ‘I don’t know. I only know that it does!
Paul the apostle was confident that God would deliver him – yet he asks for prayer. Almost all his letters have an appeal for prayer support. Young, inexperienced Christians are urged to pray constantly for the mighty apostle! Even Jesus asked his disciples for their prayers. Why? Again, I don’t know. But I do know that when we pray, God works.
( David Watson – Pastoral Letters)
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
On the 4th of October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) we celebrate our first decade as a (new) Franciscan Order. It is for me a joy to write to you all to thank you for your encouragement, prayers and practical support these past ten years. It has been both a challenging and exciting ten years in so many ways. The Order is now dispersed around the world, in the USA, England, Scotland and Uganda. Our main charism of Reconciliation has brought us together from many strands of the Body of Christ. As the late Bishop Tony Palmer said, there is ‘Unity in Diversity!’
At the moment the Order is made up of consecrated Sisters and Brothers from the following churches/denominations: Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist, Anglican, Orthodox, Presbyterian and Free Church.
Many have come along side us these past ten years from the different traditions, Communions, Denominations. It has been my privilege to work and pray side by side with Christian sisters and brothers from many church families. It too has been an honour to minister to many people, fellowships and communities, sharing the vision God has given to us.
As to the future….
We are now looking to set up a mother house here or in the USA where the Order can establish a more conventual life in community together. We will also be seeking charitable status for the Order. In addition to this we will be looking to develop and spread the ‘Prayer Chair’ ministry on the streets, so that what was once undertaken within church buildings will be taken out into the market place, enabling the light of Christ to shine in the world around us, touching, healing, freeing and restoring broken lives. We will continue to work with the marginalised and homeless here at The Little Portion and around the world.
My prayer is that we will continue to be bridge builders in the Body of Christ and channels/instruments of the Shalom of Jesus to both the Church and to the world around us.
In the words of Pope Francis, “…may our relationships mirror more beautifully and joyfully the unity of Jesus and the Father.”
The invitation by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to the Roman Catholic ecumenical Community of the Chemin Neuf to live at Lambeth Palace and share in the life of prayer there, is a great step of seeing outside the box. Pope Francis’ message to the Charismatic Leaders Conference in the USA and his further invitation to a number of Protestant evangelical charismatic leaders to visit and dine at the Vatican, along with his visit to the Pentecostal Church in Rome where he asked forgiveness for the way Roman Catholics had treated their Pentecostal brothers and sisters and the response by the Pentecostal leaders, is a sure sign of the move of the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ!
Bishop Tony Palmer saw there is Unity in Diversity and that we should learn how to celebrate our diversity, rather than point fingers of accusation against those who do things differently than ourselves. John Arnott in an article from July in Revival Magazine speaks of how Pope Francis spoke of ‘Reconciled Diversity’. “We were there [with Pope Francis at the Vatican] to cultivate a friendship, to hopefully be reconciled in the midst of our diversity, and to come together in a joint effort to reach the world for Christ. He coined the relationship as ‘Reconciled Diversity’. I am unclear if the term originated with him, but what he meant by that term is that regardless of our various distinctives, we can all work together. Regardless of who we are historically: Protestants, Evangelicals, Catholics, Charismatic, or Orthodox, the hope is to be reconciled as Christians and come to a formal consensus about what we all truly believe the basis of salvation is really about. We all agree, including Pope Francis, that salvation is through faith in Christ alone as he is the only Saviour, the Son of God.” (July 11th Revival Magazine)
I pray that the next ten years will see us drawing closer together as we draw closer to Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour. I pray that our eyes and hearts will be open to the unction and guidance of the Holy Spirit and as that old song says, “…they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes they’ll know we are Christian by our love”.
The Wind of the Spirit is Blowing…Let us keep praying!
Br. Michael Daly. CJ
Servant of Communion