Today’s sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost comes from the Old Testament lesson appointed for today: Hosea 5:15–6:6.
It’s rare when Hosea comes up in the Lectionary, so I wanted to make sure I shared this word from the prophet Hosea – “Mercy – Not Sacrifice.”
Hosea 5:15 – 6:6 (English Standard Version)
15 I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me.
6 “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. 3 Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” 4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away. 5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgement goes forth as the light. 6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
I am so very grateful for the witness of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers. 20 years ago today, they were consecrated as Bishops in Singapore. They have had an enormous impact on my life and ministry.
As I have been blessed to be part of leading and shaping Anglicanism in North America for a season that has now passed, it is still a great sadness to me today that Bishop Chuck Murphy was not acknowledged more for his significant role as a pioneer in the movement. Not while he lived in 2014 when other notable leaders were rightly honored for their service and certainly not acknowledged by the larger movements that grew out of the Anglican Mission in America once he went on to be with the Lord in 2018.
For those who consider themselves to be orthodox Anglicans in North America, we stand on the shoulders of Bishops Murphy and Rodgers and those archbishops and bishops who risked so much in consecrating them to the episcopate – especially Archbishop Moses Tay of Southeast Asia and Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda.
“AMiA [Anglican Mission in America] not only epitomized the network approach to global accountability, it pushed the wider transnational orthodox movement in the same direction.” – Dr. Miranda Hassett, Anglican Communion in Crisis, writing about the Singapore consecrations in 2000.
Even though Dr. Hassett was not a fan of our work in the Anglican Mission in America, she still had to acknowledge the enormous impact of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers.
Thomas Cranmer was one of the leaders of the English Reformation and was primarily responsible for the ﬁrst Book of Common Prayers, 1549 and 1552.
During the reign of Edward VI, Cranmer was able to make great progress in reforming the doctrine, and practice of the Church. When Edward died he subscribed to the dying King’s will that succession should go to Lady Jane Grey. For this action and for his many reforms, he was arrested and imprisoned.
Cranmer wrote two recantations but in the end he denied his recantations, and died a hero of the reformation, saying, “Forasmuch as my hand offended in writing contrary to my heart, there my hand shall ﬁrst be punished; for if I may come to the ﬁre, it shall ﬁrst be burned.” He was burned at the stake on 21 March 1556.
Merciful God, who through the work of Thomas Cranmer didst renew the worship of thy Church by restoring the language of the people, and through whose death didst reveal thy power in human weakness: Grant that by thy grace we may always worship thee in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Eventually, I would have the opportunity to serve the ACNA faithfully in two full time roles simultaneously as both Canon to the Archbishop as well as the Chief Operating Officer. For 7 years, I traveled on average of 200,000 miles per year in the air on behalf of the ACNA to develop domestic and global partnerships and strengthen the 1,050 congregations within the movement.
I have been involved in Anglican realignment for many years — starting with the days of the Anglican Awakenings in the late 90s and early 2000s — and the cost for my involvement has been extraordinarily high.
I have been part of all the significant Anglican leadership gatherings all over the world starting in 2008 until 2018. London many times (including the 2012 GAFCON Leadership Meeting), Canterbury in 2016 to represent the ACNA at The Anglican Communion Primates Meeting, Africa (including the 2013 GAFCON in Nairobi, Kenya), Asia (many times for the Global South Anglicans), South America and Australia – ending with leading the ACNA delegation from North America to GAFCON Jerusalem in 2018 as well as coordinating the annual Provincial Council Meeting held in a foreign country.
In 7 years, there were plenty of times where I feared for my own personal safety or found myself rushing home to be with my children in Pittsburgh (and then Atlanta after moving with the transition in Archbishop from Pittsburgh to Loganville) after spending days in meetings or on airplanes.
Thanks to Facebook, I’m reminded constantly of such memories like 10 years ago today. Having put in the blood, sweat and tears into building the ACNA, I’ve got mixed feelings looking back on this 10th anniversary of being in Wheaton, Illinois to sign the Constitution and Canons. And I’m certainly entitled to my opinions since I’ve put in the time and been at all the meetings and done all the work. But, hindsight has turned into regret at times and I find myself working against the bitter root from setting in.
Besides learning invaluable lessons on leadership, I believe I have an understanding of what Anglicanism is and is not – and what I believe Anglicanism can still be.
To quote Mark Twain: “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” And, I’m still standing, by the grace of God.
Bishop Chuck entered into his eternal reward this morning. I was blessed to be under his leadership in The Anglican Mission for a time before going on to Pittsburgh with his blessing to serve the Anglican Church in North America in my current role as Canon to the Archbishop and Chief Operating Officer.
Bishop Murphy spoke clearly and often about the importance of the leader’s vision, taking risks for the Gospel and having a bias toward action in an Anglican apostolic movement.
I have fond memories of many a Winter Conference in a hotel ballroom in Birmingham, Jacksonville or Greensboro (a bunch of times!) where he would either say “money is muscle” in his Chairman’s Address or remind the clergy of following the Lord’s leading like “the pillar of smoke by day and the pillar of fire by night” as Moses did.
Bishop Murphy spoke powerfully into my life over many annual presbyters retreats at All Saints Church in Pawleys Island, SC or praying over me at the Power Ministry Service at the annual Winter Conference.
Along with another significant ministry mentor in my life, Archbishop Randy Adler, Bishop Murphy gave me a renewed vision for the three streams of historic Christianity: sacramental, evangelical and charismatic. Three streams flowing into one mighty river.
+Chuck taught powerfully on leadership, stewardship, church planting and worship – “worship is God’s presence, God’s purposes, God’s pardon and God’s power.”
The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr. January 30, 1934 – June 29, 2016
Please keep the family the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr. in your prayers. Bishop Salmon, who from 1990 – 2008 served as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, died on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 following a battle with cancer.
Bishop Salmon was the 19th Dean and President of Nashotah House from 2008 – 2012; He had served as the President of the Anglican Digest. He received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor in 2007.
His pastoral ministry included tenures in numerous churches including All Saints, Chevy Chase, MD, 2010-2012; St. Michael and St George, St. Louis, MO 1978-2000; St. Paul’s, Fayettesville, AR 1967-1978; St. Andrew’s, Rogers, AR 1960-1963; St. James, Eureka Springs, AR 1960-1963; St. Thomas, Springdale, AR 1960-1963.
He was ordained to the diaconate June 24, 1960 and ordained to the priesthood March 1, 1961.
He received is BA from the University of the South; his BD from Virginia Theological Seminary; DD degrees from Nashotah House, the University of the South and Virginia Theological Seminary.
“Happy are those who die in the Lord, even so says the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.”
Dr. Jack Lumanog is in Cairo, Egypt (pictured in front of All Saints Cathedral) with Archbishop Daniel Deng of the Province of South Sudan and Sudan.
Both Dr. Lumanog and Archbishop Deng are members of the Global Trustees for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. Additionally, Dr. Lumanog is member of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund-US and serves as the Corporate Secretary.
I was pleased to meet with The Rt. Rev. Gary Nelson, the bishop of North West Australia. Bishop Nelson oversees the largest diocese in geographical size in the Anglican Communion, covering approximately a quarter of the Australian continent.