Bishop Bill Godfrey was the keynote speaker at the Gibraltar Synod on 4th of February 2016 at Torrevieja – the following is the text that he carries on three credit-card sized cards in his wallet to constantly remind him of:-Christian life
PUT ON CHRIST AND WALK IN THE SPIRIT
As a disciple of Jesus Christ and Christian of the Anglican Communion:
To Love and Believe In God
I am committed to God, to love him above all things, with all my heart and soul and mind and strength, to worship him, and to live ·in a personal relationship with him, believing and trusting in his wisdom, providence and power. I believe in God the Holy Trinity: in God the Father and maker of all things, in God the Son, Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour, in God the Holy Spirit, the Life-giver; I am committed to daily conversion, bringing me back from sin to be formed in God’s image, rejoice in his presence and walk in his most excellent way of love. I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity.
I am committed to the Church, to love her, as Christ loved her and gave his life for her; to hold her faith – based in Scripture and set forth in the Catholic Creeds – and take a full part in her life and fellowship, worship, ministry and mission in the world. By the Holy Spirit and God’s grace I was baptised into the Church, a community of brothers and sisters, and I am committed to a common life of love, prayer and service, to lead each other to Christ. The Church is an essential part of Christian life.
I am committed to a life of prayer: to common prayer in the worship and liturgies of the Church’s congregation; and to private prayer alone with my heavenly Father; to let God’s Word in Holy Scripture, go deep into my heart-lectio divina-and to put it into action in my life; to the Holy Eucharist, the life-giving Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood; to prayer for others; to repent of my sins, whereby I receive God’s forgiveness, and to forgive others their sins against me; and to fasting and alms giving. “And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy and living sacrifice unto thee.”
I am committed to be a disciple, to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from him-his teaching, his way, his priorities, values and truth; to know Holy Scripture, God’s word, and saving plan for humankind and all of creation; to learn from the Church’s pastors and teachers, and to be built up to Christ’s full stature as a member of the Christian community. To be ignorant of Scripture is to be ignorant of Jesus. [St Jerome]
Live the Gospel
I am committed to live the Gospel, to proclaim it from the housetops of my life; to a way of living that is different from the world’s, like the fragrance of Christ, salt and light; all that I do should be an example of what the Gospel way of living means in practice, and make it unmistakably dear that I belong to Jesus; to the priorities and values of God’s Kingdom, with Jesus as my Lord: in my family, among neighbours and friends, at work, in the street, shops and my neighbourhood, with kindness, compassion, mercy, justice, peace, humility and love; to living the two great commandments of love, the ten commandments, and the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount-to an evangelical way of life; and to resisting all that leads me away from God, like temptation and sin.
I am committed to serve—-to be a servant like Christ, a neighbour to others, a good Samaritan; to working for the coming of God’s kingdom on earth; to washing feet; to caring for the poor and needy; to loving mends and enemies alike; to doing good works; to treating others with a kind and generous spirit, and to a giving of myself that is pressed down, shaken together and running over; to going the extra mile; to feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and imprisoned; to loving my neighbour as Christ loves me, and to going wherever he sends me.
Tell Others about Jesus
I am committed to telling others about Jesus Christ, to being a witness, speaking of him, and sharing the good news of his love and transforming power; to tell of the things he has done in my life, of the need of conversion and faith, that he restores broken lives, lifts the fallen, heals the sick, opens the eyes of the blind, sets imprisoned lives free, forgives sin, and brings hope, like springs of living water in desert places; to speak of his new way of life and the hope of resurrection, and to explain his teaching as best I may. Christ came that we might have life in all its fullness.
A Steward of God’s Gifts
I am committed to stewardship-to being a faithful administrator of all that God has placed under my care—my abilities, gifts, opportunities, time, money, relationships, position in life, this planet on which we live—-acknowledging that all came from him and that all belongs to him, and is under his lordship; to giving my tithes and offerings faithfully to the Church; to caring for the creation; to being responsible and faithful before God in all things.
I am committed to glorify God in all things-to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with him, my God. May God’s grace be with my spirit.
Father Rob Kean
Father Rob Kean joined the Chaplaincy in April 2017 from the Diocese of Chelmsford. Rob has been ordained since 2012, and served his curacy in the parishes of Black and Great Notley, then becoming Team Vicar in the Witham and Villages Team, before coming out St Vincent's Chaplaincy. He is married to Angela and they have two grown up children, Sam and Sophie.
Father Rob can be contacted by email here or Tel: +351 282 789 660, Mobile: +351 964 236 675