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We have all been shocked to hear of the violence in Egypt over this past week in particular, and we should continue to pray for peace in this troubled land.
Christians have been affected greatly by this violence. The Bible Society of Egypt reports that Muslim Fundamentalists have completely burned and destroyed two of their bookshops. They also say that similar incidents are taking place across their nation, including the attacking of 15 churches and three Christian schools.
They report that in retaliation for the government dispersing the sit-ins, the Muslim Brotherhood leaders called for nation-wide protests. In response to these calls, Muslim fundamentalists all over Egypt have gone on a rampage of violence.
Bishop Mouneer from the Anglican Diocese of Egypt reports of further destruction and violence, and asks us to pray that the situation will calm down, for wisdom and tact for the police and the army, for the safety of all churches and congregations, and that all in Egypt would be safe.
Well, we’ve been praying for months and months, and in response to our prayers, God has given us Glenn Davies as our new Archbishop of Sydney.
In Glenn we get the first ever ‘hat trick’… a man who has been a bishop, a rector and a theological lecturer.
Glenn is married to Di, and will be officially inaugurated on 23rd August in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney.
For more details visit the official page on sydneyanglicans.net.
We give thanks to God for giving us Glenn as the new leader of our diocese, and we pray that through him, we will see a model of a man who is devoted to prayer, preaching, and pastoral care of our ministers.
We also pray that Glenn will be a great inspiration to all the churches in our diocese as we seek to reach the people of our city and beyond who do not yet know the love and forgiveness of Jesus and the confidence of eternal life.