Throughout the Anglican Mission in Canada’s National Conference, Bishop Silas Ng invited those in attendance to join the host church in meeting for prayer. “Having 142 people at the 9am Saturday prayer meeting with the Richmond Emmanuel church family was greatly encouraging,” said Rev. Ed Hird, rector of St. Simon’s Church in North Vancouver, British Columbia, “and reminiscent of the 120 in the Upper Room.”

_DSC8779aOn both Friday and Saturday morning, Bishop Silas led these lectio divina prayer meetings. On Friday afternoon, all were invited to join in a Soaking Prayer event, a largely self-directed time of quiet communion with God. Clergy from the Mission prayed with dozens of attendees, leading the way in a powerful time of being in the loving presence of God.

To close out their time together, those at the conference celebrated Community Communion, a way of partaking in the Lord’s Supper designed to bring the table of the Lord down to the people, to emphasize our access and communion with Him. God stands among us, inspiring us to build Kingdom community together. Attendees from mainland China, Hong Kong, Australia, Switzerland, and the United States said the Kenyan liturgy, casting their fears, worries, sins, and burdens on the cross of Christ. It was truly a picture of every tongue, tribe, and nation praising God and communing around the Lord as a Kingdom people.

This year’s conference saw more than double the attendance compared to last year. The gathering was beautiful—a time of community, worship, learning, and prayer. These leaders of the Anglican Mission in Canada joined together, broadened their communities, and shared their ministries so that God, as He promised His prophet Isaiah, “will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Our previous two posts about the 2016 Anglican Mission in Canada National Conference can be found here and here.