‘ The tasks before us are worship and generous sharing of the good news of Christ in word and deed.’

Will the world get the impression that the new Archbishop of Canterbury is an issue-driven person (especially the issues of female bishops and gay marriage)?

What is the difference between this video…

…and this video?

If you only watched the first video, what impression would you get about what Bishop Justin Welby’s main concerns are? (Hint: watch the second video, it gives the whole statement!)

Here are some quotes we must not lose:

‘Let’s be quiet for a moment and then pray: Come Holy Spirit to the hearts of your people and kindle in them the fire of your love.’

‘Our task as part of God’s church is to worship Him in Christ and to overflow with the good news of His love for us, of the transformation that He alone can bring which enables human flourishing and joy. The tasks before us are worship and generous sharing of the good news of Christ in word and deed.’

‘How we do those things is, of course much more complicated. The work of the Church of England is not done primarily on television or at Lambeth, but in over 16,000 churches, where hundreds of thousands of people get on with the job they have always done of loving neighbour, loving each other and giving more than 22 million hours of voluntary service outside the church a month. They are the front line, and those who worship in them, lead them, minster in them are the unknown heroes of the church.’

Read the whole thing here.


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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

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