frgavin on October 23rd, 2009

Bishop Bethlehem Nopece, Episcopal Patron of the FCA Southern Africa has been led to call the FCA and all orthodox Anglicans to a special time of prayer.

This is for Sunday 1st November 2009 the feast of All Saints. This feast that we know as All Saint’s Day originated as a feast of All Martyrs, sometime in the 4th century. The special focus of your prayers during that time is asked for the orthodox faithful across the world that:

· They would be strong in their stand for the written word of God.

· Continue to hold to the faith “once delivered to the saints” Jude 1:3

· The Lord strengthens those caught in unhappy struggles and divisions over churches and property.

· We stand strong in face of persecution from the culture and even part of our own church. Pray that it may be said of us that we even:’ joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.’ Heb 10:34, If that is what we are called to de in our stand for the truth.

· The Lord blesses all bishops in the role of guardians of the faith.

As help and direction for your prayers at this time may we suggest this passage of Scripture:

3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. 5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day– 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. 8 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.” (Jud 1:3-8 ESV)

It seems that the church in the 21C struggles with just the same problems and needs the same encouragement.!!! Let us pray for all the faithful on this All Saints Day!

Fr Gavin Mitchell

General Secretary FCA SA

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