There were many beautiful moments in last night’s investiture service in which Bill Murdoch was made bishop of the New England diocese and All Saints was made its cathedral. The procession of all the churches in the diocese, with their banners and priests, was a testament to the growing faithfulness of God’s remnant in New England. The voices of hundreds singing their praises to God, filling up the cathedral with a beautiful song, was a sweet-smelling offering to the Lord. The reminder that we are on a mission of love and service to each other and the communities around us was a grand exhortation to live out God’s call to communicate his love for the glory of the kingdom.
All of these were wonderful reminders of God’s beauty and symbols of his faithfulness. But, for me, there was one particular moment that stood out–when Bishop Bill introduced the leaders of other church denominations who graciously came to offer their blessings to the reforming mission of ACNA. Ministers and priests from the Catholic church, a Four Square Gospel Church, a Congregationalist church, and others were in attendance to give their best to Bishop Bill and the church.
The public witness of ministers from very different denominational commitments coming together to worship and bless the mission of ACNA was a beautiful example of Christian unity, in which we reflected in our worship the unified love of the triune God. Christian unity communicates to the world God’s ultimate intention for us in heaven, wherein we can finally bridge our differences and worship the one, true God. Thankfully, sometimes we receive rare glimpses into this heavenly reality here on earth. Last night, I think I got to see a little flash of heaven.