The Global Anglican Future Conference
The Conference, which was called in response to the radical liberalism that has crept into portions of Anglicanism, was held in Jerusalem, June 22-25, 2008. Bishops Riches and Grote along with other representatives from the REC were part of the 291 bishops and 1148 lay and clergy from around the world who participated in the Conference. As a result of their efforts a document known as The Jerusalem Declaration was written and accepted by all of the participating jurisdictions.
The Jerusalem Declaration
In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit:
We, the participants in the Global Anglican Future Conference, have met in the land of Jesus’ birth. We express our loyalty as disciples to the King of kings, the Lord Jesus. We joyfully embrace his command to proclaim the reality of his kingdom which he first announced in this land. The gospel of the kingdom is the good news of salvation, liberation and transformation for all. In light of the above, we agree to chart a way forward together that promotes and protects the biblical gospel and mission to the world, solemnly declaring the following tenets of orthodoxy which underpin our Anglican identity.
- We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because God first loved us, we love him and as believers bring forth fruits of love, ongoing repentance, lively hope and thanksgiving to God in all things.
- We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is to be translated, read, preached, taught and obeyed in its plain and canonical sense, respectful of the church’s historic and consensual reading.
- We uphold the four Ecumenical Councils and the three historic Creeds as expressing the rule of faith of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
- We uphold the Thirty-nine Articles as containing the true doctrine of the Church agreeing with God’s Word and as authoritative for Anglicans today.
- We gladly proclaim and admit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, humanity’s only Saviour from sin, judgment and hell, who lived the life we could not live and died the death that we deserve. By his atoning death and glorious resurrection, he secured the redemption of all who come to him in repentance and faith.
- We rejoice in our Anglican sacramental and liturgical heritage as an expression of the gospel, and we uphold the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as a true and authoritative standard of worship and prayer, to be translated and locally adapted for each culture.
- We recognize that God has called and gifted bishops, priests and deacons in historic succession to equip all the people of God for their ministry in the world. We uphold the classic Anglican Ordinal as an authoritative standard of clerical orders.
- We acknowledge God’s creation of humankind as male and female and the unchangeable standard of Christian marriage between one man and one woman as the proper place for sexual intimacy and the basis of the family. We repent of our failures to maintain this standard and call for a renewed commitment to lifelong fidelity in marriage and abstinence for those who are not married.
- We gladly accept the Great Commission of the risen Lord to make disciples of all nations, to seek those who do not know Christ and to baptise, teach and bring new believers to maturity.
- We are mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation, to uphold and advocate justice in society and to seek relief and empowerment of the poor and needy.
- We are committed to the unity of all those who know and love Christ and to building authentic ecumenical relationships. We recognize the orders and jurisdiction of those Anglicans who uphold orthodox faith and practice, and we encourage them to join us in this declaration.
- We celebrate the God-given diversity among us which enriches our global fellowship, and we acknowledge freedom in secondary matters. We pledge to work together to seek the mind of Christ on issues that divide us.
- We reject the authority of those churches and leaders who have denied the orthodox faith in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent and return to the Lord.
- We rejoice at the prospect of Jesus’ coming again in glory, and while we await this final event of history, we praise him for the way he builds up his church through his Spirit by miraculously changing lives.
The Woman’s Guild had a second day of their annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, June 14, 2008. We again thank all of those who contributed and helped.
A Work Day took place at the church on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Flowers were planted, weeds cut, the shed repaired, along with several other projects. A big “Thank you” to all who came out to help.
A second Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, August 9, starting at 9 a.m.
Missionary of The Month
Sue Brodish, Christian Kindergarten. Schwalmstadt, Germany.
The choir will have a rehearsal on August 15, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. The next rehearsal will be on September 12, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. and thereafter every Friday at 10:00 a.m. Find out more by calling the church office at (708) 614-7404 if you are interested in joining the choir.
Preschool Open House
Fall registration, Sunday, August 17, 2008, from 2-4 p.m.
Three and four year olds, three days a week, (Tues.–Wed.-Thurs.)
Classes resume Tuesday, September 2, 2008.
Sunday School Rally Day Picnic
Sunday School will resume on September 14, 2008 9:30 a.m. Be sure to join us on this special day for the picnic following the services. Hamburgers, hot dogs, & pop provided. A sign-up sheet for carry-in dishes will be posted on the bulletin board.
Aug. 1 – Anne Robertson
Aug. 7 – Rev. Frank Levi
Aug. 7 – Florence Auman
Aug. 18 – Adam Sellers
Aug. 22 – John Robert Robertson
Aug. 24 – Joan Reagan
It’s Not Impossible
By Helen Kitchell Evans
Are you saying it’s impossible
To live a Christian life?
Are you saying it’s impossible
To overcome your strife?
Are you saying it’s impossible
To go the better way?
Nothing is impossible
If you take Christ each day