“Christmas speaks more loudly than ever” — Hope and Prayer service at St. Andrew’s

hope-and-prayer-seven“A packed service of Hope and Prayer for Sydney has shown the depth of feeling, shock and mourning after the siege in Sydney’s Martin Place in which two people died…”

– Report from SydneyAnglicans.net.

Includes links to news reports, and the audio of Archbishop Glenn Davies’ sermon.

Hope and Prayer for Sydney

hope-and-prayer“The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, and Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will attend a special service at 6pm, Wednesday 17th December in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney Square, in the aftermath of the Martin Place siege.

The service of Hope of Prayer is open to all and will include prayers for victims’ families and friends, police and emergency services and media.

The service will be led by the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies.”

– from SydneyAnglicans.net.

Update: 2UE’s Andrew Voss spoke this morning – Wednesday December 17 – with Archbishop Dr Glenn Davies about the upcoming service. (h/t SydneyAnglicans.)

Pray for the Hostages

Archbishop Glenn DaviesFrom Anglican Media Sydney:

The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, has urged all Christians to pray for the safety of the hostages in the Martin Place siege and for police and security forces dealing with the situation.

Dr Davies issued a statement this afternoon, commending the swift action of police.

“It is alarming when terrorism reaches our shores but that alarm reaches a new height when it occurs in the centre of the city in which so many people live and work.”

“I was heartened by the swift response of our police and security officials. We are well served by Commissioner Scipione and his team” Archbishop Davies said “Premier Mike Baird is right when he describes this as a test for this city and for our peaceful, democratic way of life.”

“We must pray urgently for the outcome of the siege. I ask Sydney Anglicans, and all Christians, to pray for the safety of those still held hostage, for the police and security forces working so hard to protect lives, and for the speedy delivery of justice for those who would seek to invade our world with such a doctrine of hate and violence.”

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Kay Goldsworthy elected Bishop of Gippsland

“Kay Goldsworthy has been elected as the Anglican Bishop of Gippsland.”

– Report from The Gippsland Times. She will be the second woman diocesan bishop in Australia.

See also this announcement by Archbishop Roger Herft in Perth.

Update: David Ould has posted these observations.

Hundreds farewell ‘champion of Christian education’

schools“Hundreds of people have gathered at a funeral service for prominent Sydney layman John Lambert, the architect of a resurgence in building Anglican schools. …

From 1994 to 2009 Mr Lambert was the Director of Schools Development at the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation, during which he contributed significantly to the establishment of 12 new Anglican schools within the Diocese of Sydney.”

– Story from SydneyAnglicans.net.

Challenge and Choice — Australian Anglican Schools Today

Dr Ruth Edwards“The book Challenge and Choice – Australian Anglican Schools Today by Dr Ruth Edwards was launched in Brisbane on Wednesday 3 December.

The work represents a significant attempt to not only survey the history of these religious schools but to map something of the future that lies before this sector.”

– See the story from the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn.

Moore College redevelopment under way

Archbishop Glenn DaviesArchbishop Glenn Davies has ceremonially started the demolition of 1 King Street, Newtown, as part of Moore College’s redevelopment of their site.

“The new building will provide a new purpose-built facility for the College, including a library and research centre, more teaching areas, research and study spaces and a large auditorium enabling the entire student body to come together in one space.”

– from Moore College. See also SydneyAnglicans.net.

Anderson Consecration photos

Bp Greg Anderson ConsecrationAdam Burgan of the Diocese of the Northern Territory has shared these photos he took at Dr Greg Anderson’s consecration as Bishop on Saturday.

Greg Anderson consecrated in Darwin

anderson-consecration-crop“Dr Greg Anderson has been consecrated as the sixth Bishop of the the Northern Territory. …”

– Report at SydneyAnglicans.net. Photo by David Höhne.

We understand nearly 500 from around Australia were present at this morning’s service.

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