“God could have bestowed these things on us without our prayers, but he wished that by our prayers we should be taught from where those benefits come.” -St. Augustine

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

This is to remind you that tomorrow, November 6, is our monthly day of fasting and prayer for CANA, our Diocese, our Parishes, our families, and our communities. Fasting is not compulsory, what’s important is to pray. Here are a few matters to include in your prayers:

  • Give thanks to the Lord for his saving grace toward us and for his many blessings in our lives;
  • Pray for his grace to be faithful to the gospel in our preaching, in our believing, and in our behaving ; that our lives will be worthy of the gospel;
  • Pray for the power, wisdom, and discernment of the Holy Spirit to enable us clergy and laity as we carry out our ministry for him;
  • Pray that God will use us to lead many to Christ;
  • Pray that the Lord will provide financially for the Diocese and for your parishes.

The Great Litany is a good prayer to add to your Morning Prayer office and/or Evening Prayer office tomorrow. As you pray John Calvin reminds us of the purpose of prayer in these words,
“If God knows what things we have need of, before we ask him, where lies the advantage of prayer? If he is ready, of his own free will, to assist us, what purpose does it serve to employ our prayers, which interrupt the spontaneous course of his providence? The very design of prayer furnishes an easy answer. Believers do not pray, with the view of informing God about things unknown to him, or of exciting him to do his duty, or of urging him as though he were reluctant. On the contrary, they pray, in order that they may arouse themselves to seek him, that they may exercise their faith in meditating on his promises, that they may relieve themselves from their anxieties by pouring them into his bosom; in a word, that they may declare that from Him alone they hope and expect, both for themselves and for others, all good things.”

BISHOP’S SCHEDULE

  • September – December, 2019
  • September 14-15: All Saints Anglican Church, Houston
  • September 23 – 27th : Church of Nigeria Standing Committee :
  • October 6: Holy Trinity Cathedral Houston.
  • October 11-14: Holy Trinity, Nashville, TN
  • October 18-30 : Primatial Visit to CANA: Atlanta, Boston, Vancouver(Canada) and New York.
  • November 3: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Houston
  • November 8: Ordination of Deacons at All Saints, Houston,
    TX.
  • November. 9-11: Shepherd Anglican Church, Austin TX
  • November 15-16: Juliana King University Events
  • November 17: Anglican Church of Pentecost, Stafford, Texas
  • November 23-25: Living Faith Anglican Church, Inland Empire, California.
  • November 29- December 1: Thanksgiving weekend. Holy Trinity Cathedral, Houston
  • December 7-8: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Houston.
  • December 14-15: Holy Trinity, San Antonio
  • December 22: St. Paul’s, Houston
  • December 24-25: Holy Trinity Cathedral Church, Houston
  • Christmas Break

2020 SCHEDULE

  • January 3-12: Church of Nigeria Bishops Retreat in Nigeria
  • January 17-19: St. George’s Anglican Church, Colorado Springs
  • January 25-26: Epiphany Anglican Church, San Antonio, TX
  • February 7-9 : St. Francis Cathedral, El Paso, TX
  • March 21-26: Church of Nigeria Standing Committee Meeting in Abuja.

May the Lord bless and glorify himself through us as we believe and proclaim the gospel of His son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Warm regards,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Felix Orji, OSB.
Diocesan Bishop | Anglican Diocese of the West
Missionary Bishop | CANA
Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion)
Holy Trinity Cathedral Church
15150 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas, 77083
www.dioceseofthewest.org

“We are justified by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone. True faith always yields the fruit of obedience to one degree or another.” –
Dr. R. C. Sproul

  1. December 4, 2019

    I am blessed by the message of the Bishop and the itinerary of His Lordship. The itinerary is a good guide for visitors coming into the Diocese. The call to fasting and prayer is important for this yuletide. …

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