Archbishop Steven Evans was knighted by Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, for his work in training ministers. Archbishop Doyé Agama presented the honour from the Order of St Hadrian of Canterbury.
Prince Ermias is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, known as The House of Solomon and the ruling dynasty of the Ethiopian Empire from the 13th century. The dynasty claims the legendary king Menelik I, the supposed son of the biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, in the ancestry.
A fascinating lineage claim to a voice that still speaks to us today: ‘Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil (Proverbs 1:20-33).
Following the service at St Hadrian’s Abbey in Orsingen, Germany, the people were greeted by the sound of the pipes appropriately playing Amazing Grace.
Archbishop Steven, said: “This award is a testimony to the many volunteers, ministers, and church partners, who tirelessly invest in the work of God. Our goals are reached when we walk in love and reach people not with religious dogma but a living and vibrant faith. That faith as we have often seen, is designed to move mountains. If you have a mountain that needs to be moved, I humbly suggest that you look to God.”
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