Friday, April 21, 2017

Vockler: the necessity of Christian unity

Friday, April 21, 2017
    Feast of Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1109
Sing to the LORD a new song;
    sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
    —Psalm 96:1-4 (NIV)
    For us in the Pacific, in Asia, in India, and in Africa, Christian unity is not an optional extra. It is an urgent necessity, for our divisions are a real stumbling-block to the proclamation of the Gospel...
    Mission is at the heart of the divine reality. It is the will of God and the Kingdom of God which are to be made known. Wherever we are, our purpose is not to propagate the Church as an end in itself, but to proclaim Christ as Lord of all life and as Saviour of all men.
    ... John C. Vockler (1924-2014), “Sermon at the Mass Meeting of Missionary Witness,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 148-149 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 96:1-4; John 17:22-23; Rom. 15:5-6; Eph. 4:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, unite Your people.
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