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2009_05 WINTER

2009_05 WINTER

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The Winter issue of THE ANGLICAN DIGEST - VOLUME 51, serving the Anglican Communion since 1958 with edifying information and uplifting articles.
The Winter issue of THE ANGLICAN DIGEST - VOLUME 51, serving the Anglican Communion since 1958 with edifying information and uplifting articles.

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The
AnglicanDigest
TM
WINTERA.D.2009
 
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THEANGLICANDIGEST 
THEANGLICANDIGEST
AnindependentvoicereflectingtheministryofthefaithfulthroughouttheAnglicanCommunion.
 Founded1958
ISSN0003-3278Vol.51,No.5
PrintedintheU.S.A.
TheAnglicanDigest
ispublishedfourtimesperyearbySPEAK,theSocietyforPromotingandEncouragingArtsandKnowledge(oftheChurch)atHillspeak,EurekaSprings,Arkansas.
Editor
TheRev.CanonDr.KendallS.HarmonPOBox2730,Summerville,SC29484-2730Phone(843)821-7254e-mail:ksharmon@mindspring.com
ManagingEditor
TheRev.JohnDrydenBurton
BoardofTrustees
TheRt.Rev.EdwardL.Salmon,Jr.,Chairman,Dr.E.MitchellSingleton,Vice-Chairman,WilliamL.Atwood,TheRt.Rev.JohnC.Bauerschmidt,TheRt.Rev.JohnC.Buchanan,TheRev.ChristopherColby,TheRt.Rev.GethinB.Hughes,andAnnCadyScott.
InquiriesandCorrespondence
805CountyRoad102EurekaSprings,AR72632-9705Phone:479-253-9701FAX:479-253-1277email:
anglicandigest@att.net
Website:
anglicandigest.org 
Mr.TomWalker,GeneralManagerCapt.W.R.Swindells,TrusteesWarden
THEANGLICANDIGEST 
issenttoallwhorequestit.Itisnotconnectedtoanyparticularinstitution,parish,ordioceseintheAnglicanCommunionandissupportedsolelybyread-ercontributionsandadvertisements.PaidadsmustmeetguidelinessetbytheBoardofTrusteesbutdonotrepresentendorsementby
THEANGLICANDIGEST 
.OpinionsorviewsexpressedinarticlesandadvertisementsdonotnecessarilyrepresentthoseoftheBoardofTrustees.©2009SPEAK,Inc.Allrightsreserved.
 
WINTER2009
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 InviteThemIn
TheworldthatJesusknewwasaboutwalls.Hespokemanytimesaboutgatesanddoors.Thesegatesanddoorswererelat-edtothewallsaroundthecity,orthewallsaroundahouse,orawallaroundasociety.Jesustaughtoftenabouthowtogetpeoplethroughgatesanddoors.ThechurchiscalledthebodyofChrist.Weareitslivingmembers.Eachhasaparttoplayandatalenttogive.IntheGospelofMatthew,Jesustellshisdisciplestobaptizeandteachtheworldeverythingtheyhadseenhimsayanddo.Itiswhatwearetodoasachurch.Itiswhatwearetodowithourlives.IbelievethegreatcommissionchallengesustofindwaystogetthebodyofChristthroughthedoorwaysandgatewaysthattheworldputsinourway.Thedoor-wayofpoverty,thegatewayofshame,thethresholdofdoubt,andthesteelgatesofdespair;thesepassagewaysareoftenlocked.TheGospelcallsustofindwaystoopenthem.Ibelievethechurchisatitsbestwhenwefindopeningsforothersinthelifeofourchurch.Whenweseekwaystoinvitepeoplein,wearelivingourbaptismalcharge.InourChristianlife,weneverquitstrivingtodiscovercreativewaystoinsureallofGodspeopleentertheKingdomofGod.Intheparish,wehavemanyentrypoints.Sundayworshipisthemostvisible.Iencourageyoutoinvitesomeonetoourchurchtoworship.Anotherentrypointisfoundinthegroupsthatwehaveinourparish.Thelifebloodofourcommunityisfoundintheworkwedotogetherasaparish.EachfallweopenthedoorstothecommunityaswecelebrateRallyDay.Thisiswherethepos-sibilitiesforministryareondis-play.Eachyearweendthesum-merwitharenewalofourcom-monlifeasthebodyofChrist.Ihopethatintheparishwhereyouservethatyouwillfindanopendoor.Ihopethatasamem-berofyourchurchyouwillseekcreativewaystoopenthedoorforothers.Wehavemuchworktodo,andtheonlyonestodotheworkarethepeople.YouandIarethepeopleofthebodyofChrist.Ourworkisbeforeus.MayGodblessusasweanswerthecalltoopenthedoorsandletthepeopleintoourcommunitiesoffaith.
TheRev.PatrickJ.Miller,SaintMark’s,Houston,Texas

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