Anglican Board of Missions

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OUR PURPOSE

ABM believes in a world where all people enjoy God’s promise of love, hope and justice. We work to see this belief become a reality.

OUR PROFILE

ABM is the national mission agency of the Anglican Church of Australia working with overseas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

We have a holistic view of God’s mission. We work with Anglican Church partners and others to see lives empowered and transformed spiritually, materially and socially.

We help the Anglican Church and the wider community realise and respond to the invitation for all to be a part of God’s hope for the world.

OUR VALUES

As individuals and as an organisation we embrace the following values:

  • Faithfulness to God. We celebrate the capacity of every person to respond to God’s love. Holding a clear Christian commitment we respect the traditions and beliefs of other faiths.
  • Integrity in every aspect of our work. We pursue transparency and accountability in all matters.
  • Respect for the created order and human dignity. Our mission has its basis in God’s unconditional love made known in Christ. We acknowledge our responsibility to care for Creation. We respect the dignity and vulnerability of each person and seek to emulate God’s love in our relations with others.
  • Wise management of our resources. Recognising the fine balance between good stewardship and compassionate action we commit ourselves to practical, equitable and merciful outcomes.
  • Creativity and hard work. We believe that innovation and resourcefulness, combined with diligence, will have a powerful and positive impact on the struggle for justice.
  • Relational reciprocity. In our internal and external relationships we commit to genuine two-way engagement, shared learning, honesty and cultural sensitivity.
  • Caring for and serving others. Taking our inspiration from the example of Christ who modelled love and compassion for others.
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter
– Sunday 3 May 2020

  • Acts 2.42-47; Psalm 23;
    1 Peter 2.1-10; John 10.1-10.

The word, panic, comes from the name of the Greek god, Pan, whose flocks of goats and sheep were known to panic. Jesus tells us that sheep follow the shepherd’s voice, and so we have no need to panic and scatter, mentally or physically, like a flock of startled sheep. Jesus knows each one of his flock and he calls out to each one of us by name ­– especially during this time of anxiety. Listen for the Shepherd’s voice.

  • Pray that you will hear Christ’s reassuring voice today.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of the Church of North India.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

St John, Apostle and Evangelist       –if not observed on 27 December
– Wednesday 6 May 2020

  • Proverbs 8.22-31; Psalm 97;
    1 John 1.1-5; John 20.2-8.

Today St John tells us that Jesus chose to reveal his Resurrection first to St Mary Magdalene. May we feel the same joy that she felt on Easter Day, whether we are in isolation or quarantine, or one of those who have an essential job.

  • Pray for women’s ministry, giving thanks for all the benefits that women bring to the Church.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of the Church of Ceylon.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

The Fifth Sunday of Easter
– Sunday 10 May 2020

  • Acts 7.55-60; Psalm 31.1-5, 17-18;
    1 Peter 2.11-25; John 14.1-14.

We read that St Thomas said to Jesus, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Many of us will feel like that in these straitened times. What does the future hold? Despite our apprehension and disquiet, if we follow Jesus we cannot feel lost for very long.

  • Pray that we who yearn for direction may find it in Jesus Christ, the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of the Church of Pakistan.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

St Matthias, Apostle and Martyr              –if not observed on 24 February
– Thursday 14 May 2020

  • Acts 1.14-17, 20-26; Either Psalm 113 or Psalm 84;
    Philippians 3.13-21; John 15.9-17.

Jesus says to us today that if we follow him closely, we will not be his servants but his friends. Our God is not ever distant and unknowable. We can know God, being called a friend, if we stick to his rule to love one another.

  • Pray that the Jesus Christ, God himself, may number you among his friends because of the love in your heart that you show to others.
  • Give thanks forall those elected to serve the Church in Australia, whether at parish, diocesan or national level.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
– Sunday 17 May 2020

  • Acts 17.22-31; Psalm 66.7-19;
    1 Peter 3.8-22; John 14.15-21.

As the song says, Love changes everything. In this time of quietness and confinement, how might we express love for others? How about by praying for doctors and nurses as they deal with those affected by Corvid-19? How about calling someone you know who is elderly and shut in? How about doing shopping for someone who cannot do it easily themselves? In these difficult times, What the world needs now is love, sweet love, as another song says.

  • Pray that you can change your neighbourhood this week by acts of love, sweet love.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of the Church of the Province of South East Asia.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

Ascension Day                                                                                       
– Thursday 21 May 2020

  • Acts 1.1-11; Psalm 47;
    Ephesians 1.15-23; Matthew 28.16-20.

Today we hear of the task that Jesus leaves the disciples – to make disciples of all nations. One of the silver linings in the cloud that is the Corvid-19 pandemic is that many of our parishes have been jolted into using social media and other technology to keep in contact with their parishioners. Worship, Bible studies, theological forums – all kinds of things have been happening in the online world. This is a wonderful thing: the church can extend beyond its physical presence, and people can join in from wherever they are around Australia and beyond.

  • Pray for all those who have been grappling with technology to bring services, studies and so on out from the church into people’s homes. May God’s love be shared ever wider this way.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

The Seventh Sunday of Easter
– Sunday 24 May 2020

  • Acts 1.6-14; Psalm 68.1-10, 32-35;
    1 Peter 5; John 17.1-11.

We read that Jesus said ‘I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do’. We know what our work is because Jesus told us last week: we must share God’s love. So, how about praying for epidemiologists and virologists and all who are working towards a vaccine? How about saying thank you to the teachers in your area for helping to keep kids’ education on track at this difficult time? How about thanking the checkout operator at your local supermarket? – they will probably have seen some pretty bad behaviour from customers recently. 

  • Pray that you can change your neighbourhood this week by more acts of love, sweet love.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of the Philippine Independent Church, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

Pentecost (Whitsunday)
– Sunday 31 May 2020

  • Either Acts 2.1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30;
    Psalm 104.26-36;
    Either 1 Corinthians 12.1-13 or Acts 2.1-21;
    Either John 20.19-23 or John 7.37-52.

We hear from St Luke (Acts 2.1-21) of the ‘Birth of the Church’ where the Holy Spirit descends on the believers who then speak in many of the languages of the then-known world. Today we have many people living in Australia who speak languages other than English, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and those from overseas who have chosen to call Australia home. At this time of crisis, how can we ensure that all the people living in the country know God’s love?

  • Pray that this week – and in all others – we might be able to befriend someone from a new culture and show them God’s love through our love for them.
  • Give thanks forthe work of those who translate the Scriptures into languages that have not yet had a version of the Bible.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

Ordinary Sunday 10  [Trinity Sunday]                                 
– Sunday 7 June 2020

  • Exodus 34.1-8;
    For the psalm The Song of the Three Young Men 29-34;
    2 Corinthians 13.11-13; Matthew 28.16-20.

The Holy Trinity shows us that God is a community, three Persons in one God. We need others to love and this time of trial around the globe is one where we find that God has given us many others in the global community to love and care for. As the song says, We’re all in this together.

  • Pray that our Christian life may be authentic and grounded in the divine love for others.
  • Give thanks forall those who radiate God’s love to others and pray that we may all become more and more like them.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

St Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr
– Thursday 11 June 2020

  • Job 29.11-16; Psalm 98;
    Acts 11.22-30; 13.1-3; Matthew 10.7-13

Jesus tells the disciples to proclaim to people that ‘the kingdom of heaven has come near’. As we know from the many news bulletins we’ve seen, mass deaths have come near to us too. How can we bring the kingdom of heaven to others? By serving them as best we can at this difficult time by our prayers, our interest and our compassionate actions.

  • Pray that we may always live in a way that proclaims that ‘the kingdom of heaven has come near’
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of all those who strive to bring in God’s reign.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

Thanksgiving for the Holy Communion – Corpus Christi – Thursday 11 June 2020

  • Exodus 24.3-8; Psalm 116;
    1 Corinthians 10.14-21; Mark 14.12-16 (17-21) 22-26.

St Mark tells us how Jesus took ordinary bread and wine and, how by his words and actions he transformed them into something with eternal significance. May our words and actions as we deal with the Corvid-19 pandemic around the globe transform the world into a better place for all.

  • Pray that, sustained by the Sacred Banquet, whether actually or spiritually, your Church may be an agent of positive transformation.
  • Give thanks forearthly bread and wine mysteriously made into the Body and Blood of our Lord.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

Ordinary Sunday 11                                                      [Pentecost 2]
– Sunday 14 June 2020

  • Genesis 18.1-15 (21.1-7); Psalm 116.1-2, 11-18;
    Romans 5.1-11; Matthew 9.35 – 10.8 (9-23).

Jesus tells the disciples that being sent out for the sake of God’s mission is not without its costs.  Remember all those medical workers who have contracted the Coronavirus – especially those who have died – in their work to help others. May their unstinting example inspire and encourage us to look after others as much as we can, not counting the cost. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
(John 15.13).

  • Pray that God will turn our hearts towards kindness and compassion.
  • Give thanks for those who engage in medical mission in God’s name, both here and overseas.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

Ordinary Sunday 12                                                      [Pentecost 3]
– Sunday 21 June 2020

  • Genesis 21.8-21; Psalm 86.1-10, 16-17;
    Romans 6.1-11; Matthew 10.24-39.

Jesus shows us that God’s mission is to claim the priority in our lives. May we never be afraid of dying to self so that we may be born anew, taking our part in the mystery of God’s mission to the world. Help us, Lord, to bring love in your name to a world crying out for it in these unusual times.

  • Pray that nothing will deter us from making love of God and love of neighbour our first priority.
  • Give thanks forthose who engage in the mystery of God’s mission both here and overseas.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

The Birth of John the Baptist
– Wednesday 24 June 2020

  • Isaiah 49.1-6; Psalm 139.1-11;
    Acts 13. (16-21) 22-26; Luke 1.57-66, 80.

John the Forerunner, as our Orthodox sisters and brothers call him, came to prepare the way for God to come into the world. In this panicked and anxious world, how can we become channels for God’s reign of love to come into the world?

  • Pray that we might be used to bring God’s love, hope and justice to our towns and cities, and to the Overseas Partners with whom ABM works; for Christ has no hands, no eyes, no ears, no body now – but ours.
  • Give thanks for the work and witness of St John the Baptist’s Cathedral, Murray Bridge.
  • Give thanks for those who work to bring love, hope and justice to a world that longs for them.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

Ordinary Sunday 13                                                      [Pentecost 4]
– Sunday 28 June 2020

  • Genesis 22.1-14; Psalm 13;
    Romans 6.12-23; Matthew 10.40-42.

We read today that Jesus says: Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. How amazing is that? If we are welcomed, Jesus is welcomed, and so is his Father, the Creator of the universe. Yet with that comes great responsibility. We need to show God’s love, free and abundant, to all, helping others to see God’s glory through us. And what is God’s glory? As St Irenaeus tells us, it is a person fully alive (Gloria Dei vivens homo). Help us, Lord Jesus, to bring your love to others so that they may fully live.

  • Pray that nothing will deter us from making God our first priority.
  • Give thanks for all those who help others in Christ’s name to find fullness of life by showing them God’s copious, unconditional love.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020

SS Peter and Paul, Apostles and Martyrs
– Monday 29 June 2020

  • Either Acts 12.1-11 or Ezekiel 34.11-16;
    Either Psalm 87 or Psalm 34.1-10;
    2 Timothy 4.6-8 (9-16) 17-18; John 21.15-22

Today we celebrate the two great missionaries – St Peter and St Paul, both of whom were martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. Both faced great hardships for Christ as they ministered to the communities in which they worked, suffering martyrdom. May we, their successors in the faith, be empowered by the same Spirit that caused them to proclaim God’s love both locally and globally throughout our interconnected world.

  • Pray that we too can effectively proclaim God’s love in our homes and families, our suburbs and towns, our country and our world.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide; and St Peter’s Cathedral, Armidale.
  • Give thanks forthe work and witness of St Paul’s Cathedral, Bendigo; St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne; St Paul’s Cathedral, Rockhampton; and St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale.
  • Give thanks forthose who leave the comforts of home in order to bring God’s love to others.

Text:           Robert McLean
Partnerships Coordinator, ABM
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2020