Monday, October 26, 2020

2020 10 26

43 "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation." Matthew 12:43-45 (NKJV)
     Jesus, so fill us with your HOly Spirit that there is no room for the evil one.

46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You." 48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?" 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother." Matthew 12:46-50 (NKJV)
     Father, help us so do your will that we truly become the family of God.

8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8 (NKJV)
     Jesus, be my beginning and my end.

2 "I will utterly consume everything From the face of the land," Says the LORD; 3 "I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, The fish of the sea, And the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land," Says the LORD. Zephaniah 1:2-3 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us return to Jesus and his Father.

4 You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. 5 Through You we will push down our enemies; Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us. 8 In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Psalm 44:4-8 (NKJV)
     LORD, you are my hope and stay.

A Word Received: Turn to me with all your heart and seek me to guide you through this time of trial.

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In Christ Alone...Great Christian Song Ever (Lyrics @CC)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNRFumI2ch0

From Calvary Burnt HIlls:
Yesterday was the annual Diocesan Convention for the Diocese of Albany. This year it was managed digitally. As part of the convention each year the Bishop will give an annual address. As you know our bishop, The Rt. Rev. William (Bill) Love, has been engulfed in a conflict with the national church regarding the Episcopal Church's increasingly non-Biblical revisions to Church Doctrine. This conflict led to Bishop Love's conviction in a 'church court' of breaking his ordination vows by disobeying the doctrine and discipline of the Episcopal Church by refusing to abide by General Convention Resolution B012 which required access to same sex marriage "trial use" rites in all dioceses of the Episcopal Church. We have been waiting to hear what Bishop Love's punishment would be.

At convention yesterday we found out what the outcome would be.
Bishop Love has announced his resignation.

Here is Bishop Love in his own words.
"After much thought and prayer, recognizing that whatever disciplinary action would be offered would not be anything I could in good conscience agree to, I have made the very difficult, but necessary decision to resign as Bishop of Albany, effective February 1, 2021 – the 14th Anniversary of my becoming the Bishop Diocesan. Given all that has happened, and that which was still to come, I believe that to stay any longer would be more of a detriment to the Diocese than a help.

"The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and I, the Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany voluntarily entered into an Accord which became effective October 21, 2020, with the unanimous approval of the Disciplinary Board of the House of Bishops. The Accord resolves the matter of my case, thus discharging any further action from the Hearing Panel.

"The Accord stipulates the following: I will resign as Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Albany, effective February 1, 2021; I will begin a one month terminal sabbatical beginning January 1, 2021; I agree to continue to abide by the January 11, 2019 Restrictions placed upon my ministry by the Presiding Bishop until the effective date of my resignation as Bishop; I will work with the Presiding Bishop through the Office of Pastoral Development to help foster a healthy transition from my leadership as Bishop Diocesan, as the Diocese begins a new chapter in its history; and lastly, I acknowledge that upon February 1, 2021, the effective date of my resignation as Bishop Diocesan, my November 10, 2018, Pastoral Directive regarding B012 will lose force. Until then, however, it remains in effect."
I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH BISHOP LOVE'S FULL STATEMENT. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL PORTION OF THE CONVENTION ADDRESS CONCERNING THESE ISSUES.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE TEXT OF BISHOP LOVE'S FULL CONVENTION ADDRESS
If you would like to hear my personal thoughts regarding this announcement and the full breadth of why it has ended like this I encourage you to watch the sermon I preached at Calvary this morning, Sunday, October 25 at our 9:00 am service.

There is more to the story than simply our bishop has resigned, as weighty as that is.
Yesterday was the annual Diocesan Convention for the Diocese of Albany. This year it was managed digitally. As part of the convention each year the Bishop will give an annual address. As you know our bishop, The Rt. Rev. William (Bill) Love, has been engulfed in a conflict with the national church regarding the Episcopal Church's increasingly non-Biblical revisions to Church Doctrine. This conflict led to Bishop Love's conviction in a 'church court' of breaking his ordination vows by disobeying the doctrine and discipline of the Episcopal Church by refusing to abide by General Convention Resolution B012 which required access to same sex marriage "trial use" rites in all dioceses of the Episcopal Church. We have been waiting to hear what Bishop Love's punishment would be.

At convention yesterday we found out what the outcome would be.
Bishop Love has announced his resignation.

Here is Bishop Love in his own words.
"After much thought and prayer, recognizing that whatever disciplinary action would be offered would not be anything I could in good conscience agree to, I have made the very difficult, but necessary decision to resign as Bishop of Albany, effective February 1, 2021 – the 14th Anniversary of my becoming the Bishop Diocesan. Given all that has happened, and that which was still to come, I believe that to stay any longer would be more of a detriment to the Diocese than a help.

"The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and I, the Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany voluntarily entered into an Accord which became effective October 21, 2020, with the unanimous approval of the Disciplinary Board of the House of Bishops. The Accord resolves the matter of my case, thus discharging any further action from the Hearing Panel.

"The Accord stipulates the following: I will resign as Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Albany, effective February 1, 2021; I will begin a one month terminal sabbatical beginning January 1, 2021; I agree to continue to abide by the January 11, 2019 Restrictions placed upon my ministry by the Presiding Bishop until the effective date of my resignation as Bishop; I will work with the Presiding Bishop through the Office of Pastoral Development to help foster a healthy transition from my leadership as Bishop Diocesan, as the Diocese begins a new chapter in its history; and lastly, I acknowledge that upon February 1, 2021, the effective date of my resignation as Bishop Diocesan, my November 10, 2018, Pastoral Directive regarding B012 will lose force. Until then, however, it remains in effect."
I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH BISHOP LOVE'S FULL STATEMENT. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL PORTION OF THE CONVENTION ADDRESS CONCERNING THESE ISSUES.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE TEXT OF BISHOP LOVE'S FULL CONVENTION ADDRESS
If you would like to hear my personal thoughts regarding this announcement and the full breadth of why it has ended like this I encourage you to watch the sermon I preached at Calvary this morning, Sunday, October 25 at our 9:00 am service.

There is more to the story than simply our bishop has resigned, as weighty as that is.
Yesterday was the annual Diocesan Convention for the Diocese of Albany. This year it was managed digitally. As part of the convention each year the Bishop will give an annual address. As you know our bishop, The Rt. Rev. William (Bill) Love, has been engulfed in a conflict with the national church regarding the Episcopal Church's increasingly non-Biblical revisions to Church Doctrine. This conflict led to Bishop Love's conviction in a 'church court' of breaking his ordination vows by disobeying the doctrine and discipline of the Episcopal Church by refusing to abide by General Convention Resolution B012 which required access to same sex marriage "trial use" rites in all dioceses of the Episcopal Church. We have been waiting to hear what Bishop Love's punishment would be.

At convention yesterday we found out what the outcome would be.
Bishop Love has announced his resignation.

Here is Bishop Love in his own words.
"After much thought and prayer, recognizing that whatever disciplinary action would be offered would not be anything I could in good conscience agree to, I have made the very difficult, but necessary decision to resign as Bishop of Albany, effective February 1, 2021 – the 14th Anniversary of my becoming the Bishop Diocesan. Given all that has happened, and that which was still to come, I believe that to stay any longer would be more of a detriment to the Diocese than a help.

"The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and I, the Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany voluntarily entered into an Accord which became effective October 21, 2020, with the unanimous approval of the Disciplinary Board of the House of Bishops. The Accord resolves the matter of my case, thus discharging any further action from the Hearing Panel.

"The Accord stipulates the following: I will resign as Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Albany, effective February 1, 2021; I will begin a one month terminal sabbatical beginning January 1, 2021; I agree to continue to abide by the January 11, 2019 Restrictions placed upon my ministry by the Presiding Bishop until the effective date of my resignation as Bishop; I will work with the Presiding Bishop through the Office of Pastoral Development to help foster a healthy transition from my leadership as Bishop Diocesan, as the Diocese begins a new chapter in its history; and lastly, I acknowledge that upon February 1, 2021, the effective date of my resignation as Bishop Diocesan, my November 10, 2018, Pastoral Directive regarding B012 will lose force. Until then, however, it remains in effect."
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