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July, August, September 2002
Mile High Moments from Denver
On April 18, 2002, members of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer
gathered in Denver, Colorado for its 44th International Conference.
The three day event featured guest speakers which included two
retired Episcopal bishops and a parish priest, all of whom proved
to be excellent storytellers.
The conference began on Thursday evening with worship, including an
excellent sermon by the Rt. Rev. William J. Winterrowd, Bishop of
Colorado. Following the service, the Reverend John Guernsey shared
his experiences and insights on becoming a congregation totally
centered in prayer.
Dr. Guernsey offered practical advise on
transforming vestry meetings into opportunities for prayerful
reflection on mission and creating a 24/7 Prayer Chapel in a parish
setting. Of particular interest to those gathered was Dr. Guernsey's
insistence that specific clergy needs and concerns be brought before
the congregation for prayer.
Daily Bible Studies were lead by the Rt.
Rev. Charles Duvall, recently retired as Bishop of the Central Gulf
Coast. Bishop Duvall challenged participants to be illuminated by
the glory and radiance of God, and then to reflect that glory in the
world. The engaging and often humorous presentations based on Exodus
3 and John 6:15, were filled with delightful and thought provoking
Afternoon workshops proved to be a time for learning and
discussion in small groups. The sessions were well attended and
well received by conference participants.
Long-time friend of the AFP, the Rt. Rev. William Frey delivered
the banquet address to a full crowd.
The conference closed with a
Celebration Liturgy, which included the commissioning of the Rev. Carlotta B. (Lottie) Cochran
In his talk entitled "No Designer
God's", Bishop Frey reminded the gathering of the need to be made
into the image of Christ, rather than to try to re-make God to suit
our own needs. His remarks were well received by all in attendance.
Tapes of all sessions and workshops are available for purchase.
Interested persons may place orders through the
(www.afp.org) or by contacting Mrs.
Mary Hilton, AFP Executive
Secretary at 1-800-711-6399.
"Mile High Praying for the Body of Christ" would not have been
possible without the organizational ministries of Al and Carol
Sherran, Billie Lou Gaise, and AFP volunteers from the Diocese of
Colorado. We are extremely grateful for their gracious hospitality
and many months of hard work.
The 45th Annual Prayer Conference, Personal Renaissance through Prayer, will
be held May 15-18, 2003 in Detroit, MI. Registration materials and brochures
will be available at the end of September.