Bishop Jack Lumanog offers this remembrance for Memorial Day:
A Prayer for Heroic Service O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – The Book of Common Prayer 1979, p. 839
On this Maundy Thursday, I joined with The Anglican Union for the Propagation of the Gospel clergy (where I am an Associate Member and serve as the Chairman of the Raising Up New Leaders and Oratories working group) from the United States, Cayman Islands, India, Brazil and Africa, crossing 7 time zones via Zoom for the renewal of Ordination Vows and the Oratorians’ Rule of Life.
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina as Interim Archdeacon and Director of Missions for The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. Please pray for Archdeacon Uzomechina as he takes up this appointment and works with me on strategic partnerships for the sake of the expansion of the Kingdom of God “to the greater glory of God!”
The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina Interim Archdeacon and Director of Missions
The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina whose love for the Lord Jesus Christ and his mission to the world has no boundaries. He was ordained in 2002 as a Priest of the Anglican Communion (Anglo-Catholic Tradition) following his seminary training. Passionate in his pastoral responsibilities and actively engaged in his community, Gideon brings a message of Christ’s love to his congregation and beyond the church doors with an emphasis to the needy and unreached. Father Gideon is a gifted and engaging preacher and teacher of the Word of God and the Sacraments of the Church. His ministry has been enriched by being able to study the life, times, and ministry of Jesus Christ in the land of Palestine in ecumenical and interfaith settings at St. George’s College and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel in 2008. His studies in Israel also included research in biblical studies to places such as Qumran, Sinai, Sodom, Egypt, Jordan, Damascus, Golan Heights and Istanbul, Turkey.
Following a tumultuous and trying period of his life, God led Father Gideon alongside his closest acquaintances, Colin Baptiste and Harry Watson Jr. out of The Episcopal Church into the formation and planting of a new mission and ministry called Anglican Church of the Messiah, Plainfield, New Jersey in 2018 where he is the Archdeacon and Vicar.
Father Gideon is a Fellow of Christian Theologians and Philosophers of Africa (FCTP), Africa Theological Education Network, and he holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Theology and African Spirituality, Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counseling, a Diploma in Religious Studies, and a Diploma in Theology from the University of Jos and Bishop Crowther College of Theology, Nigeria. He also completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Father Gideon is a certified Police and Department of Corrections Chaplain. He is also a Behavioral and Mental Health Counselor and a trained conflict resolution and management specialist.Father Gideon received an Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation, USA for his mentoring work with at-risk young men in his community reuniting them with their families and re-integrating them into society. Although Father Gideon spends numerous hours with pastoral work, his high energy level allows him to pursue his hobbies which include Gospel music, reading and researching, as well as socializing with family and friends.
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.
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
Collect of the Day
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A little over a year ago (27 April 2019), I was ordained and consecrated as an Anglican Bishop in the historic Apostolic succession according to the Rite of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
And to honor the African American and charismatic / Pentecostal streams of Christianity that has formed much of my ministry, it was a privilege to have Archbishop Darel Chase, Ph.D. as my chief consecrator. Since this is such a small world we live in, we are both martial arts masters and both raised and formed spiritually in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey!
74 days. It took 74 days before two men were arrested for chasing down and then gunning down an unarmed African American man. This happened in Brunswick, Georgia — 4 hours away from where I live in Atlanta.
Ahmaud Arbery was killed on 23 February 2020 around 1pm. And after the killing, the two men were questioned by police and were allowed to go home. Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested 74 days later for the killing.
The massive delay between the killing and the arrests is not because the authorities hadn’t seen the video of the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery. But because the world had seen the video of the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery.
The two men chased down Ahmaud Arbery because they suspected him of a burglary and intended to perform a citizen’s arrest according to their accounts. One of the two accused killers was formerly a policeman from 1982-1989 — but not at the time of the incident.
So here we have a case where two armed, white civilians, a father and son, carrying out mob justice where they are police, judge, jury and executioner. And we are hearing about this incident from 23 February in early May. Because a video finally surfaced of the incident and gave the world a look at this horrific injustice.
I can’t help but think about 17 year old Trayvon Martin – killed by George Zimmerman on 26 February 2012 in Sanford, Florida – nearly 8 years ago from this killing of Ahmaud Arbery. George Zimmerman was tried for the murder but he was acquitted after a sensational trial where some of my friends became armchair defense attorneys with their talking points from Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Sadly, I had leaders I was working with in the ACNA at the time defending George Zimmerman since he was acting in self defense with the Florida “Stand Your Ground Law.” Unbelievable.
And then there was Jordan Davis. Another unarmed 17 year old killed. This time in Jacksonville, Florida on 23 November 2012. He was shot to death because a 45 year old white over an argument over loud music being played at a gas station. Michael Dunn was arrested and convicted of first degree murder of Jordan Davis in a second trial. 3 of Jordan Davis’s friends were also shot in the hail of gunfire rained down from Michael Dunn and he was convicted of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder. Dunn is serving a life sentence for the killing of Jordan Davis.
Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. What do they have in common? These are three unarmed, African American men who should still be alive today. They were shot and killed for not obeying the orders of armed, civilian white men.
Ahmaud Arbery did not stop after being chased down by an armed self-deputized father and son team who suspected him of committing a burglary. Killed for running while black.
Trayvon Martin did not obey the orders of armed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Killed for walking while black.
Jordan Davis did not turn down the music as ordered by Michael Dunn. Killed for listening to music while black. And 3 of Jordan Davis’s friends shot for listening to music while black.
Underneath it all in the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis is white supremacy writ large. Or white privilege that says it’s okay to execute another human being because they did not obey your order as a white man.
This is unacceptable.
O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Today is the 20th anniversary of my Ordination as a Deacon back in Kansas City.
I have never felt particularly worthy, but God in His faithfulness has been so good to me in these 20 years.
O Lord my God, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; yet you have called your servant to stand in your house, and to serve at your altar. To you and to your service I devote myself, body, soul, and spirit. Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works; enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit; and may all the desires of my heart and will center in what you would have me do. Make me an instrument of your salvation for the people entrusted to my care, and grant that I may faithfully administer your holy Sacraments, and by my life and teaching set forth your true and living Word. Be always with me in carrying out the duties of my ministry. In prayer, quicken my devotion; in praises, heighten my love and gratitude; in preaching, give me readiness of thought and expression; and grant that, by the clearness and brightness of your holy Word, all the world may be drawn into your blessed kingdom. All this I ask for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer 1979, Celebration of New Ministry, page 562)
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.
Also, he caught up with Father Gene Geromel of the Diocese of the Holy Cross. Bishop Lumanog previously served as church planter and first rector of Christ the King Anglican Church in Lansing, Michigan near where Father Geromel still serves, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Swartz Creek, Michigan.
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. – Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas
The chief consecrator, Archbishop Darel Chase, was assisted by Bishop John Johnston and Bishop Norman Williams as Bishop Lumanog was consecrated into historic apostolic succession through the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches.
Click here the following link for the complete Apostolic Record of The Right Rev. Dr. Jon Ignatius Lumanog.
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.
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.