Synod 2014: Friday Live Blog
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Bishop John Guernsey welcomes everyone to Synod. The Rev. Dan Morgan also stands to welcome everyone to All Saints' Church, the host church of Synod 2014. Bishop Guernsey asks Bishop Dave Bena to come forward and Bishop Bena reads a letter from Bishop Julien Dobbs of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America with his greetings and prayers.
The Rev. Dr. John Yates comes forward to share a testimony.
When Dr. Yates was about 27 he was told he had a very serious eye disease that could cause him to lose his vision. When he was about 35 he was told that he still had the disease and the doctor couldn't guarantee it would not get worse. As time went by, it did get worse and he found he was going blind. A corneal transplant was planned and during Holy Week in 1984 he had surgery at Johns Hopkins and he could see. Three years later he had surgery on his other eye and ended up having three surgeries that turned out to be rather traumatic. After about 25 years you would need to have surgery again, he was told, and last spring he started to have discomfort in one of his eyes. The doctor was careful in what she said to him, but it was bad. He was told to go see a specialist and was told his cornea was dying and there was nothing that could be done.
Dr. Yates went to the Rev. Kathleen Christopher and the prayer team at The Falls Church. He returned to John Hopkins and learned the eye was in bad shape. He also saw a doctor from the Rev. David Drake's church in Baltimore. He said sometimes the eye can heal. But another doctor told him that his eye was dying and it never turns around. So Dr. Yates continued in his "one-eye summer." And he couldn't help but think, "what if I lost the other eye too?" He felt great peace though.
In September he went back to Johns Hopkins and was told it was fine. His local doctor looked at it and said she had never seen anything like this, it was healed. Thanks be to God.
Bishop Guernsey tells the Synod that healing prayer will be offered after the Eucharist and everyone is welcome to come for prayer. "God is on the move," he says. "if there is a need, let's come for prayer - come with faith, come with expectancy, our God likes to heal us."
Friday Night Eucharist - The Rev. Bill Haley, Executive Director of Coracle and Associate Rector at The Falls Church Anglican, is preaching the Eucharist sermon, about being the light in a world - in our work, in our neighborhoods, our families, in our lives. "Where there is darkness," he quotes St. Francis, "let me sow light," he quote St. Franics. What is the darkness that we may bring light? The only way we can do this is to stay connected to the power source of the light.
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