GAFCON Chairman’s Advent Letter

Nov 30, 2019 by

Beloved in Christ Jesus: Advent Greetings in the name of our Risen and Returning King, our Lord Jesus Christ!  

I am delighted that in this Advent season, Gafcon is launching a weekday devotional project called ‘Lift Up Your Hearts’.  These words are profoundly Scriptural. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:14,

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” and in Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above.”

Advent is a time to “lift up your hearts” toward heaven, to bring our lives into alignment with God’s plan and purpose through repentance, and to prepare ourselves by living in readiness for Christ’s return in majesty and glory.

“Lift up your Hearts” is also an ancient liturgical phrase which reaches back into the earliest centuries of the undivided Church. As we gather at God’s Table, we lift up our hearts in the company of the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ who have gone before us (Hebrews 12:1), and our hearts delight with them in sharing the same unchanging truth of God’s grace in the gospel of Jesus.

It is my prayer that during this Advent season, faithful Anglicans around the world will be united in lifting up their hearts as we share in the glorious Advent hope. This hope is what has always sustained followers of Jesus through hardship, challenges, and suffering.  I have seen its power firsthand during my recent visit to the Church of Pakistan. This is a church which knows only too painfully the cost of discipleship, and yet is building a vibrant Christian community and reaching out in respectful dialogue. I was privileged to have many opportunities to speak and preach, to help confirm over 50 confirmands, and to meet with Islamic scholars and governmental leaders. Pray for these faithful followers of Jesus.

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