Collect for use in the ‘present’ crises
Posted by Ros Clarke, 23 Nov 2017
Church Association Tract 133 presents a Collect suitable for use in the crises of the late 19th century Cof E, and for the contemporary church today.
Church Association Tract 133 urges faithful Christians to be moved to prayer for the Church. Of course, they should take action where possible to do all that will preserve the Church from ‘false doctrine, heresy and schism’, but nonetheless they ought to be wholly relying on God as the one who alone can ‘defend it from its enemies’. Prayer is the way we express that our confidence is in the Lord, not our own efforts:
“The crisis through which our beloved Church is now passing, ought to suggest to all its faithful members the duty of special prayer that the Lord will interpose for the deliverance. While they are careful to use every human means for its preservation from false doctrine, heresy and schism, their reliance for success must be upon Him who alone can defend it against all its enemies. Under this conviction and in remembrance of our Lord’s promise, that, if two of his disciples should agree on earth as touching anything that they should ask, it should be done for them of their Father who is in heaven, the Council of the Church Association venture to recommend to their fellow-Churchmen the daily use, by themselves, or with their families, of the following or some similar Collect. Thus, not only two, but very many of the Lord’s people may agree in prayer, according to his meaning, as effectually as if they were all gathered together at one time in the same place; and it may be confidently expected that God will hear them, and bring the Church unharmed out of all its perils.”
Lee on the Lectionary: Sunday Next Before Advent (Year A)
Posted by Lee Gatiss, 22 Nov 2017
Lee Gatiss introduces the lectionary readings for the Sunday next before Advent (Year A): Ezekiel 34:11-16 and 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, and Matthew 25:31-46.
The lectionary readings for the Sunday next before Advent (Year A) are Ezekiel 34:11-16 and 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, and Matthew 25:31-46. In this short video, Lee Gatiss expounds those readings for us today.
The common thread in our readings this week is the gathering of sheep under a glorious shepherd with all authority, who will judge between them for the benefit of his loving people.
Topical Tuesday: On Tiaras and Tutus
Posted by John Percival, 21 Nov 2017
John Percival responds to the CofE report: Valuing All God's Children
The Church of England’s report, Valuing All God’s Children, made headlines around the world last week. Addressing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying, it contains several significant weaknesses.
The Church of England carries a massive responsibility for education through its 4,700 schools. As part of that responsibility, it must provide guidance on various areas of policy and strategy, including how to tackle bullying. As a basic expression of loving our neighbours, the desire to offer guidance on tackling all kinds of bullying is to be highly commended. As a reflection of twenty-first century Britain, the need to consider how to support children living with or related to LGBT experiences is a missional necessity.