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Gafcon is a prophetic movement, putting the Bible back at the heart of the Anglican Communion, but above all it is a spiritual movement and I am delighted to introduce a weekday devotional 'Lift Up Your Hearts'. These devotionals will greatly enrich our common life and I urge you to share them widely!

We welcome Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll who will be contributing this month to “Lift Up Your Hearts” on the subject of “Marriage According to the Book of Common Prayer”. Dr. Noll is an Anglican priest in the Anglican Church in North America, where he is Consultant on Marriage, Family, and the Single Life. He has also been active in the Gafcon movement as a member of the Statement Group at GAFCON 2008, 2013 and 2018 and Convener of the Gafcon Task Force on Women in the Episcopate. In addition to his latest book, he has written, The Global Anglican Communion (2018) and he blogs at www.stephenswitness.org. He also brings a depth of international experience as he was a Vice Chancellor (President) of Uganda Christian University in Mukono Uganda from 2000-2010.

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Archbishop Ben Kwashi
Gafcon General Secretary

23rd September 2020
The Book of Common Prayer, as we have seen in the previous weeks, summons men and women to a high vision of discipleship in the context of Holy Matrimony. At the same time, Jesus and St. Paul both...
22nd September 2020
Saint Paul was a single man when the Risen Lord called him on the road to Damascus. He saw his apostolic responsibility to preach Christ (kerygma) and to pass on His teaching faithfully (didache)....
21st September 2020
The Book of Common Prayer has no liturgy for any “manner of life” outside Holy Matrimony. Yet most people live a large portion of their lives outside marriage: before and after in their youth and old...
18th September 2020
Holy Matrimony is a solemn occasion, best observed in a church building, where possible. It is also a joyous and celebratory occasion, most fully observed in the pageantry of the ceremony itself. In...
17th September 2020
Holy Matrimony is marriage according to God’s Word. As in other liturgies, the service includes readings of Scripture and preaching as necessary and important elements. Sometimes clergy have omitted...
16th September 2020
The engagement period is meant to help the couple know their own hearts. Sexual attraction and social pressure can sometimes fog over one’s eyes and better judgment. By the wedding day, it is time to...
15th September 2020
The church does not publish a dating manual or a rite of Holy Courtship. However, it does begin to give instructions for the second stage of marriage – betrothal. Betrothal is a traditional word for...
14th September 2020
Las Vegas USA is renowned for its quickie weddings: “You can get your licence and get married before breakfast,” they boast. Not surprisingly, Las Vegas also boasts quickie divorces. Some Christian...
11th September 2020
The fourth or institutional purpose is for the upbuilding of his kingdom in family, church, and society, to the praise of his holy Name. This purpose is not named in some Anglican Prayer Books, but...
10th September 2020
The third purpose is to maintain purity, so that husbands and wives, with all the household of God, might serve as holy and undefiled members of the Body of Christ. Just as the former purpose...
9th September 2020
The second purpose mentioned in the service is the mutual joy of husband and wife and the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity. I have titled this purpose “marital love,”...
8th September 2020
Marriage is purpose-driven, that is to say, driven by God’s design from the beginning. After the majestic words introducing the origins of marriage, there follows a statement of its “causes” or...
7th September 2020
Almighty God established the bond and covenant of marriage in creation as a sign of the mystical union between Christ and his Church. Is Holy Matrimony a Sacrament or a Contract, or perhaps something...
4th September 2020
…Our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and it is commended by Holy Scripture to be held in honor among all people.
3rd September 2020
In Genesis 1 and 2, we get a glimpse of the beauty and purity of marriage as intended by God “in the days of man’s innocency,” as the 1662 service puts it. As we move to Genesis 3, we see the man and...
2nd September 2020
We have gathered together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony. In the story of creation in Genesis chapter 1, we learn of God...
1st September 2020
The classic Anglican liturgy goes back 450 years. It says that matrimony is “an honourable estate, instituted by God in the time of man’s innocency,” which takes us back to the beginning, to Genesis...
31st August 2020
Dearly beloved, we are gathered together in the sight of God, and in the face of this congregation to join together this Man and this Woman in Holy Matrimony. - Book of Common Prayer 1662. These...

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