Awkward Prayer Time
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Published: January 11, 2017 12:38 pm AST
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Recent developments surrounding the high profile resignation of Bishop John Cline as Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) could make for an awkward moment when political leaders gather at the New Life Baptist Church for prayers this weekend. It is unclear what role Bishop Cline, senior pastor of the church, will play at the ceremony on Sunday, January 15.

Cline was asked to resign by Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith following comments aired publicly regarding the Territory's finances, the Ministry of Finance and the controversial decision to move ahead with expansion of the airport at this time, through a Chinese company.

The annual service, 'Territorial Interdenominational Service of Thanksgiving and Intercession', is usually used as a time for forgiveness and healing. It's being held by the Government of the Virgin Islands in collaboration with Aglow International Virgin Islands Chapter.

Premier Smith has been encouraging Territory-wide participation in the initiative, as everyone unites to pray on behalf of these Virgin Islands.

Premier Smith said, “My government welcomes the opportunity to partner with the community and Aglow International as we recognise that we cannot do it alone.”

The Premier added, “As a leader of this Territory, I pray that God protects our families, our youth and our Territory from natural and man-made disasters, and that He arrests any problems threatening and destroying the fabric of our society.”

The service is designed to bring the community together to collectively thank God for his protection through 2016 and to invite his guidance, protection and favour on the government and the people of the Territory in 2017.

The service takes place at 4:00 pm on Sunday under the theme, ‘We Beseech Thee, Oh Lord.’
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Legacy | Report Abuse
My brother came from a strong family legacy of truth, love, respect and dignity and was raised by good God-fearing parents. Not one of deceit like the Premier and his cabinet. they will be the ones who feel awkward.
January 12 at 3:04pm | Like2 People like this.   Dislike
Water | Report Abuse
Clearly, people don't know Bishop Cline. He is a very humble person (whether you believe it or not). This is not the first time he has been dealt a public blow, he will handle it like the man, he is. He will rise to the occasion. Fight on, Bishop.
January 12 at 9:43am | Like3 People like this.   Dislike2 People dislike this.
beautiful headline | Report Abuse
Platinum your headline made me smile!! guess the good Bishop will have to demonstrate the Christ in him and Watch and Pray. His prayer will surely include "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadows of death I will fear no evil..." Quite interesting. Maybe they will change... more
January 11 at 3:55pm | Like11 People like this.   Dislike2 People dislike this.
LMAO....couldn't have said it better. That bible quote is spot on!
January 12 at 4:27pm | Like1 Person like this.   Dislike
OK Then | Report Abuse
Any TRUE MAN OF GOD will still be a part of the service if he was on the lineup! If he wasn't on the line up, he still should attend.
January 11 at 3:52pm | Like7 People like this.   Dislike1 Person dislike this.
@ Ok Then | Report Abuse
Not if you have to sit for hours in the presence of the DEVIL and his advocates. I personally was staying far.
January 13 at 7:27pm | Like    Dislike
Tell you what | Report Abuse
We beseech the NDP Oh Lord
January 11 at 2:46pm | Like4 People like this.   Dislike
2 corinthians 6:17 | Report Abuse
"come out from among them"
January 11 at 1:35pm | Like2 People like this.   Dislike1 Person dislike this.
Proverbs 9:6 | Report Abuse
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
January 11 at 7:56pm | Like4 People like this.   Dislike
ndp heckler | Report Abuse
Cline will now have to pray with his eyes wide open because of the circumstances
January 11 at 1:32pm | Like10 People like this.   Dislike8 People dislike this.
Would Say | Report Abuse
What nonsense. People of God need to know their role and conduct themselves in a manner pleasing to God. God requires order and that we honor and respect authority. I know other pastors who serve this country in similar positions, but they do their job respectfully and do not find the need to... more
January 11 at 4:23pm | Like9 People like this.   Dislike7 People dislike this.
Go sit down... | Report Abuse
No they are fearful of victimization and deportation. The Lord made Cline not to want for such a time as this. He can speak out against the wrongs because he has no threat of his table being unprepared before him. Cline was not disrespectful. He said something publicly that every one is... more
January 12 at 10:04am | Like3 People like this.   Dislike
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