On Sunday 11 October, Cannon Hill Anglican College (CHAC) Chaplain Br Nathan James invited fellow student Chipo Makusha and me to represent our school at the collation of Br Donald Campbell as Archdeacon of Moreton.
Br Donald is a former Chaplain of CHAC, and our College is one of the schools he ‘looks after’. The event was held at St Philip’s Anglican Church in Annerley, Brisbane on Sunday 11 October.
Part of the role of Archdeacon is to support parish priests and school chaplains in their respective roles. Archdeacons also serve the Church in part of a Diocese by taking responsibility for all buildings, the welfare of clergy and their families, and the implementation of Diocesan policy for the sake of the Gospel.
The liturgical act by which a priest becomes an Archdeacon is called a ‘collation’.
Bishop John spoke on the Parable of the Wedding Feast. A prominent takeaway from the service was: in a world with such violence, like the actions of the King in the Parable of the Wedding Banquet, it might be easy to forget we are dealing with a merciful God. It might be difficult to strip away the violent imagery of the passage and focus instead on the superior kernel underneath it all. However, God calls people to himself and desires that they come to him. The reminder that ‘many are called but few are chosen’ should cause us to pause, reflect, and re-examine our lives.
It was an honourable experience to witness Br Donald’s collation, and I thank Br Nathan for the invitation.
“This is our Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25.9).