Monday, February 18, 2008

A Missionary to America. A Personal Hero.

I took the following photos at the ordination and consecration of Philip Jones by The Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda to serve as a Bishop to the Anglican Mission in the Americas.
Rwandan women in national dress.

Anglican clergy. The worship was deeply moving.
The lectern.

The Rt. Rev. Charles H. Murphy, III, delivering his sermon, which was inspiring, convicting, and seasoned with the perfect amount of wry humor.

Archbishop, Emmanuel Kolini, examines the three Bishops-elect. Philip is in the middle.
Rwandan attendees sing a worship song in their native tongue.
One of the verses.

Part of the Marshall, TX, contingent with Philip after the ordination. Jacob, George, me, the Dowds, the Johnsons, and the Staggers.

Philip was the Episcopal priest at Trinity when Jacob nearly drowned on a school outing. He was also the one who dove into the lake, found Jacob on the bottom, and pulled him out. Here he is saying, "God has a plan for your life, Jacob, and a plan for my life, too."
The ring placed on Philip's finger at ordination. "'On that day,' declares the Lord of hosts, . . . 'I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you.'" Haggai 2:23.

Go in peace, Philip, to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia.


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