Rev Paul Young Synod 2018
Ties That Bind
As I reflect on the 2018 Synod I am reminded of what holds us together as clergy and congregations in CANA East. We are bound together in the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Scriptural theme of the Synod was the Apostle Paul’s declaration found in Romans 1:16-17: I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God unto Salvation . . . I was gladly reminded and encouraged by our Bishop that God is glorified through us as we preach the Gospel. The Good News that declares salvation in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
Our mission as a missionary diocese aligns with God’s mission to bring people to salvation through the gospel and in turn gives God the Glory. We were taught that our heritage as Anglican was rooted in a faith that has captured both our minds and hearts. Dr. Null’s teaching that “what the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies” reminded me just how lovely God is for there is nothing more alluring than Christ and the message that binds us to Him.
I have a confession to make…… when I was asked to preach on the same passage the bishop was preaching on I was a bit weary. Then as the Synod unfolded I heard all the main things I was going to say on Saturday being said and I was a bit frustrated. Yet, in my frustration I believe God was reminding me “Paul, it’s not your Word, it’s not your Gospel its mine, it’s always been mine, your task is to proclaim my words not yours…so what are you complaining about anyway.”
I came away from Synod encouraged that what binds us together as God’s people in CANA EAST is not a message of man but God’s enduring and everlasting message of the gospel.
Now please excuse me I must get back to my cookie.