The Very. Rev. Clark WP Lowenfield Ordained as Bishop of the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast

On the morning of Saturday, April 20, 2013 members of HopePointe Anglican Church in The Woodlands, TX joined with leaders from the Anglican Church in North America, the Anglican Church of Rwanda and local ecumenical partners to participate in the consecration of their senior pastor, The Very Rev. Clark WP Lowenfield.

Bishop Lowenfield will oversee the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast (DWGC), a diocese in formation of the Anglican Church in North America, currently comprised of congregations throughout Louisiana and Texas.

The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America was the chief consecrator.  The Rt. Rev. Nathan Gasatura, under whom Lowenfield previously served, was also in attendance as a representative of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, The Most Rev. Dr. Onesphore Rwaje.  The Rt. Rev. Terrell Glenn preached the ordination sermon.

Archbishop Duncan was assisted in the consecration by Bishops Jack Iker (Diocese of Fort Worth), Royal Grote (REC Diocese of Mid-America), John Guernsey (Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic), Bill Murdoch (Anglican Diocese in New England), Neil Lebhar (Gulf Atlantic Diocese), Steve Wood (Diocese of the Carolinas), Bill Thompson (Diocese of Western Anglicans) and Quigg Lawrence (PEARUSA).

The service included a time for “One Mission Pastors” to pray over the newly consecrated bishop.  Comprised of local senior pastors from various Christian denominations throughout The Woodlands, One Mission Pastors began meeting together in 2010 in Gospel partnership to reach their community with the love of Jesus Christ.  As one of the founding members, Lowenfield said he will continue to be part of the group.

“What God has done in The Woodlands is that he has caused a number of churches to realize that we’re not supposed to be divided,” Lowenfield said.  “We might worship differently on some things, but we’re called to be the church together.”

For more information on the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast (DIF), visit their website at http://www.dwgc.org.  For information on One Mission Pastors, visit http://www.one-mission.net.

A Call to Prayer for Victims of the Boston Marathon bombing

“As we pray for those affected by the bombings in Boston, MA, it seems appropriate to pray for the reign of Christ in this situation. May the Lord pour out His Spirit of peace during this time of chaos and violence.”
- Canon Jack Lumanog, Office of the Archbishop

Collect of the Reign of Christ:
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

An Easter Message from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya

Originally published on the GAFCON website.

March 31, 2013

To the Faithful of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and friends

from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya
and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

My dear Brothers and Sisters,

The resurrection of our Lord Jesus should never fail to move us to the deepest sense of awe and adoration. The empty tomb of Jesus is a great and glorious fact, not simply because of an absence, but also because of a presence. The astounding truth of the resurrection is that is a reality which changes the whole created order, yet at the same time is deeply personal. The risen Christ is the one who makes all things new (Rev 21:5) and he is also the one who makes me new.

In his resurrection from the dead there is the glorious ‘yes’ of the fulfilment, actual and yet to come, of the promises and purposes of God. Through repentance and faith we share in his risen life and at its heart, our calling is to simply say the ‘Amen’ and glorify the God who has triumphed over sin and death.

GAFCON exists as a mission movement to celebrate this great ‘yes’ to the glory of God. It is because of this ‘yes’ that we who say the ‘Amen’ are bound also to have to say ‘no’ to ungodly innovations in the Church which substitute human effort and speculation for divine grace and revealed truth.  It is a profound contradiction to say this ‘Amen’ and then go on, as some do, to deny the real physical resurrection of Jesus. When we have to say ‘no’, it is for the sake of the ‘Amen’; there can be no more positive a movement than one which gives an unqualified ‘Amen’ to the fulfilment of all God promises in Jesus Christ.

As a movement we are focused on seeing that work of new creation which God achieved by the death and resurrection of Jesus become a living reality across the world. The proclamation of the gospel is the exposition of the ‘Amen’, a declaration that sin and death have indeed been defeated. The resurrection is not simply a display of superior spiritual power, but the vindication of God’s justice, that through the death of Christ, the guilty are acquitted and those alienated through sin are now reconciled by God himself.

We are delighted that one of the major achievements of the GAFCON movement has been to facilitate and recognise the formation of a new Province, the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). We give thanks for this new thing that God has done, a church which is unswerving in its ‘Amen’. It’s relief agency, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) works to change lives physically and spiritually and has competed projects in 34 countries, often working in some of the most difficult and needy areas of the world with current projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

It also has a bold vision for church growth known as Anglican 1,000, originally set out by Archbishop Duncan in 2009 to plant 1000 new congregations within a five year period and 700 church planters were present at the Anglican 1,000 Summit held earlier this month. A basic element in this church growth strategy is teaching believers to have a straightforward and robust understanding of biblical faith through the use of a catechism, echoing a practice of the early church when people were being converted from pagan backgrounds. We are delighted that the ACNA is pioneering a way to say the ‘Amen’ in a culture which is increasingly alienated from its Christian roots.

It is of course not only in North America that faithful believers are under pressure and struggling with hostile ideologies and my vision is that as we prepare for ‘GAFCON 2’ here in Nairobi next October, our Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans will experience itself in a new and wonderful way as a truly global network in which we encourage one another in the work of mission to which we have been called, with one voice saying the ‘Amen’ and putting our whole trust in the great promises of God’s Word.

PHOTO Caption: Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council, at the Anglican Church in North America’s Assembly 2012 in Ridgecrest, NC.