A prayer for the courts of justice in our land

Let us pray for the Courts of Justice in our Land.

Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right; We humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice and the magistrates in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth and impartially administer the law in fear of thee alone. We again lift up the legal defense team of the Diocese of Quincy and pray that thy Holy Spirit will inspire them, guide them, and support them in their work. We pray for the judges of the appellate court, and for our legal team, especially Tad Brenner, Kent Schnack, Alex Hayley, Alan Runyon, John Robertson, Rich Baker, and Mark McCall, beseeching thy mercy that thou wouldest defend them against the powers of evil, and guide them in the doing of thy will, to the glory of thy Name. All this we ask through him who shall come to be our Judge, thy Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who livest and reignest with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever, one God, world without end.

Amen.

RIP Father Keith Roderick

Father Keith Roderick, who had served under Bishop Ackerman, has died.

Father Roderick faithfully served the Diocese of Quincy for many years. His death is personal loss for many.

Father Roderick most recently had been serving as Provost of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Springfield under Bishop Daniel H. Martins, DD, Bishop of Springfield (Episcopal Church).

Your prayers are requested for the repose of Fr. Roderick’s soul. May God also comfort, bless and give peace to all who suffer from this loss.

Isaiah 58:1-12

58 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Anglican Church in North America develops new Catechism

The Anglican Church in North America is releasing To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism, produced by the provincial Catechesis Task force.

Led by the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer, the Task Force has developed a unique and powerful resource for helping inquirers come to an understanding of the Christian faith, and for helping disciples deepen their relationship with God.

Written in a “Question and Answer” format, this Catechism, in Packer’s words, “is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican catechetical practice. It presents the essential building blocks of classic catechetical instruction: the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of the Gospel; as such, this catechism attempts to be a missional means by which God may bring about both conversion to Christ and formation in Christ.”

The Most Reverend Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, noted the global impact of this work: “This Catechism assumes a post-Christian world where the basic foundations of the faith cannot simply be assumed. It begins by outlining the faith for those who have no Christian background, or were never fully discipled. This production is a landmark offering, both for North Americans and for the whole Anglican world. Our Christian brothers and sisters from other provinces who saw advanced copies have enthusiastically begun translating the Catechism into their native languages. So far we know of translation work in Spanish, Mandarin, Farsi, and Urdu. We are excited to see this work expand in the days ahead.”

The Catechism will be available for purchase from Anglican House Publishers in the second quarter of 2014.

The Catechism and supporting documents are now available for non-commercial use in PDF and Microsoft Word format here. For convenience, the PDF is also available below.

Anglican Catechism PDF

Diocesan Annual Women’s Nexus 2014 scheduled

Diocese of Quincy women are invited to attend “A New Dawn,” Saturday, March 15.

Bishop Keith Ackerman and Joann Ackerman will host this year’s Diocesan Annual Women’s Nexus at Christ Church, 1717 8th Ave., Moline, Ill. 61265.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with Holy Eucharist, followed by luncheon.

For tickets, $15 per person, and seating contact Julia den Blaauwen, bokke57@gmail.com, or call 309-781-2817.

From Rwanda to Rock Island: Baptiste Uwitonze’s journey

Baptiste Uwitonze has been an active member at Trinity Anglican Church, Rock Island, since this summer. He regularly attends Mass and is a member of the choir. Baptiste recently received a work permit and has started his first job. He hopes to eventually get a job in media or communications. He writes about his experiences in English, French, Swahili, and Kirundi. – Editor

If I tend to disagree about the fact that a good number of people generally go to church to hear the voice of God and have fellowship with him, I will definitely be a loser. But here is my question: Who is going back to church where he or she does not find community? In a place he feels lonely? Think again!

On the invitation of my friend Fr. Deacon Jason Bowden, I attended Trinity Anglican Church for the first time last summer, just two months after I came from my home country Rwanda. He didn’t try to foist his beliefs on me, it was only a “come and see.” When I visited for Sunday Mass, I got a reason to go back.

Trinity is a wonderful place where you feel God’s presence. In seconds you feel a part of the family, loved and cared about. Instead of “passing the peace” in the form of a simple handshake, the congregants walk around the church hugging each other for five minutes with heartfelt joy. It is an amazing scene.

Apart from his excellent teaching and preaching talent, Trinity’s priest and rector, Father Tom Janikowski, is a real connector, “a super connector.”

When I arrive at Trinity, people say, “Baptiste, glad to see you!” I know they mean it. Nothing makes a man happier than hearing his name. They are people who feel what you feel, and the human response is to reciprocate. This is natural.

Baptiste Uwitonze, right, showing off his newly acquired work permit, with his friend from the choir at Trinity Anglican Church, Dana Clearman.

Baptiste Uwitonze, right, showing off his newly acquired work permit, with his friend from the choir at Trinity Anglican Church, Dana Clearman.

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TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH: UN FOYER, UNE NOUVELLE FAMILLE.
(French)

En tant que chrétien, je suis certainement d’accord sur le fait qu’un bon nombre de gens vont généralement à l’église pour entendre la voix de Dieu et sommes en communion avec lui, mais voici ma petite question: qui va revenir à l’église où il/elle ne trouve pas de communauté? dans un endroit où il se sent seul?

J’étais à l’église de “TRINITY ANGLICAN” pour la première fois l’été dernier sur l’invitation de mon ami le diacre Jason Bowden, tout juste deux mois après que je suis venu de mon pays natal Rwanda. Il sera guère plus facile pour moi de le dire assez fortement, mais c’ est un endroit merveilleux où ily a la présence de Dieu, et tout le monde a besoin juste secondes, plutôt que de minutes, pour vous faire sentir une partie de la famille. Au lieu de « passage de la paix » sous forme d’une simple poignée de main, les fidèles se promenent l’église en saluant les eux les autres mutuellement pendant cinq minutes avec une joie sincère.C’est une scène vraiment étonnante.

En plus de son tallent en tant que prêtre, il semble que Tomas Janikowski, le prêtre de l’église, est un leader par “l’exemple” avec soif de faire les membres de l’église vrais amis.Ce qui est plus surprenant, c’est comment tout le monde m’appelait « Baptiste, heureux de vous voir » sans me demandant de me présenter. Rien ne rend un homme plus heureux que d’entendre son nom.”

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KANISA LA TRINITY ANGLICAN NI NYUMBANI NA FAMILIA MPYA
(Swahili)

Ilikuwa mwaka uliopita kama mwezi wa saba,kwa mualiko wa rafiki yangu bwana Joson Bowden nilienda kusali Trinity Anlican Church mala ya kwanza na ilikuwa imepita miezi kama miwili bada ya kufika hapa Marekani kutoka nyumbani nchini Rwanda.

Hapa nivigumu kuvitafsili vizuri, lakini Trinity ni kanisa lenye maajabu sana. Ukifika bilashaka unaweza kujisikia uko pamoja na Mungu kweri, na mbali na hivyo, kutokana na wakristo jinsi wanakupokea na kukuonyesha kwamba wanakupenda na wanakujali, unajisikia uko nyumbani kati ya familia.

Zaidi na zawadi yake ya kuhubili,mchungaji wa kanisa Tomasi Janikowski ni kiongozi anaowakutanisha watu na kuwafanya malafiki bila dakika.

Na chilicho nishangaza zaidi ni jinsi kila mtu alijuwa jina langu kabla sijafika pale. “Baptiste, tunafurahia kukuona” wote walitamka hayo kutoka moyoni. Ni sehemu unaona kila mtu anafurahia kushirikiana na wewe tena na kukujali.

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URUSENGERO RWA “TRINITY ANGLICAN” NI MU RUGO, UMURYANGO MUSHYA
(Kirundi)

Mu kwezi kwa karindwi k’umwaka ushize nageze kuri uru rusengero “Trinity Anglican Church” bwa mbere ntumiwe n’umuvugabutumwa w’inshuti witwa Joson Bowden, tumaze guhura nyuma y’amezi abiri gusa mvuye mu Rwanda. Nasanze aha hantu ari nko mu rugo bitewe n’urukundo ndetse n’urugwiro usangana buri wese.

Biragoye kubivuga uko biri, ariko ni urusengero ruhebuje. Ukihagera wumva koko uri kumwe n’Imana, hakiyongeraho uburyo bakwakira ukagirango wabaye umwami bose bakwereka ko bagukunze kandi bakwitayeho, ako kanya uhita wumva uri wageze mu rugo ndetse uri mumuryango.

Umuyobozi w’uru rusengero Tomasi Jankowski ni umuntu wigisha, akabwiriza ukumva koko ko ayobowe n’Imana. Uretse n’ibi kandi mumunota umwe gusa abayarangije guhuza abantu bose babaye inshuti n’abavandimwe. Icyantangaje kurushaho ni uburyo buri wese yamenye izina ryanjye atiriwe arimbaza, “Baptiste, twishimiye kukubona” n’inseko izira uburyarya. Ni ahantu buri wese yakwifuza gusengera.

Best Regards!

— Jean Baptiste