Call to prayer from Bishop Jack Lumanog – pray for our minority churches in the COVID-19 pandemic

The Surgeon General has been seemingly sidelined from briefings for pointing out the racial disparity of COVID-19 exposure impacting minorities at a much higher rate. 

We are seeing this in the church where the Church of God in Christ is mourning the loss of senior leaders who have died from COVID-19.

The First Assistant Presiding Bishop and at least 11 other bishops have died from COVID-19 according to news reports.

Lord, have mercy.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

A memory because of “Operation Gridlock” rally in Michigan

I used to work as a Chaplain at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. A fact I was reminded of when the State Capitol was flooded with protestors as reported by WXYZ, Detroit:

“A protest against Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders caused delays at a Lansing hospital on Wednesday.

Sparrow Hospital Spokesman John Foren said staff were delayed at their shift change because of the protest.

Those delayed were caregivers trying to get in for their shifts. Some staff had to stay longer to cover until they arrived, Foren said.”

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The current crisis triggering past ministry experiences

Seeing President Trump dealing with this COVID-19 crisis in real time has certainly reminded me and triggered me of vocational ministry “leadership” I’ve been a party to in the past.

Quick leadership lessons:

– The tough decisions need to be made, come what may.

– Be a non anxious presence and lead.

In vocational ministry, I have worked alongside and directly under people who simultaneously act with total authority and are not willing to take responsibility for their actions. And if it was the wrong call, will shift the blame at all costs. It is the most demoralizing and exhausting kind of “leadership” there is to be a part of.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Thank you, Bishop Paul Morton!

Thank you to Bishop Paul Morton (Founder and former Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship) for bringing joy to my day by singing “Father I Stretch My Hands to Thee” a cappella and posting it on Twitter this morning!

Bishop Jack Lumanog and Bishop Paul Morton
Bishop Jack Lumanog with Bishop Paul Morton, Former Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship

Bishop Morton’s tweet took me back to Asuza ’96 singing that same classic song!

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Celebrating Resurrection Sunday while sheltering-in-place

Even though it’s shelter in place, still celebrating Holy Communion on this Resurrection Sunday!

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by thy life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop Lumanog renews his ordination vows

I renewed my ordination vows on this Maundy Thursday with brothers and sisters of The Anglican Union for the Propagation of the Gospel.

Not quite the same doing this solemn service by conference call, but it will do!

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Join Bishop Jack Lumanog in prayer … in French!

For my French speaking brothers and sisters, join me in prayer. Responses are on the screen if you don’t have a French Book of Common Prayer. 

Complies – Le Livre de la Prière Commune 1979 avec Mgr Jack Lumanog, Évêque du Diocèse Anglican de Saint Ignatius Loyola.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.