Last Wednesday, February 6th, Michael Greene joined the “great cloud of witnesses” above after a lifetime of fruitful ministry here below.
My personal debt to him is enormous.
I attended a summer course at Oxford in the summer of 1982. Before I left Dr. Kinlaw encouraged me to attend St Aldates Church while I was there. I did. It was the turning point of my life in so many ways, and though I did not know it at the time, the start of my journey into the Anglican Way.
Canon Greene was the Vicar of St Aldates, a parish packed with university students, many of whom he had personally led to faith through is “Atheists Bible Study” on Thursday nights.
I had never experienced anything like my first service there. It was my first exposure to a blend of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, plus might old hymns, combined with spell-binding expository preaching, and the Eucharist accompanied by beautiful contemporary choruses. The whole thing was brimming with Abundant Life! And I was surrounded by young people my age.
Here is a very meaningful short video, made just over a year ago, when he was 86 years old, still on fire for Christ. It is a perfect message for us here at St Peter’s.