Glory of God Anglican Church in Cocoa, Florida was blessed to be the meeting place for the CANA East Pastoral Retreat in early October for the fourth time. At Glory of God, we see this as a special blessing for us to be able to utilize our campus as a place for fellowship for our Bishops and Pastors and their wives to worship the Lord and to find fellowship, rest and God's peace.
Our church is on Indian River Drive in Cocoa, Florida. It is a scenic drive where many bicyclists, runners and walkers use the road. The view of the river is beautiful. Driving to the church on a bright Sunday morning for worship or early evening for bible study, the colors on the river can be magnificent. Coming towards the river from US1 when the moon is full, rising and illuminating the river is quite spectacular as well. The Lord has given us a beautiful setting to worship Him in all His glory.
The Lord works in interesting ways.......
Last year, with Hurricane Matthew quickly approaching, our visiting clergy were able to depart during the calm before the storm.
This year Hurricane Irma passed through three weeks prior to the retreat. Praise God that there was time to cleaned up the tree debris from the campus before the arrival of the clergy and our grounds looked wonderful. However, there was (and still is) a beached sailboat across from the entrance to the church. The road leading up to the church had big piles of debris waiting for the FEMA pick up. There was stormy weather and a strong east wind that made the too high river very rough, causing it to wash over the road. The water was deep in some areas and the drive was a challenge for our cars.
During the four days that our visitors were here, everyone battled the river to make it to and from the church. God kept our little church safe though and we did make it to the church each day. And we saw the sun and the moon and the stars at times too. We worshiped and praised our Lord in Christian fellowship and were all blessed.