Lent & Beyond is now on Twitter!

September 28, 2014

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Sept 29 – Oct 5: A week of prayer for the Ebola Crisis

September 27, 2014

A number of Christian ministries, notably SIM, have designated Sept 29 – Oct 5 as a week of prayer for the Ebola Crisis.  For more details read our post below, or go to the website Pray to End Ebola or follow #PraytoendEbola on Twitter.

We will be posting daily prayers here at Lent & Beyond, using the Ebola Crisis Prayers tag.


Ebola prayer collection–EXPANDED

September 5, 2014

God is far more interested in compassionate hearts than exquisite words. Please leave links to other Ebola prayers or write your own prayer in the comments. This collection will remain at the top of the page for a season.
Thank you for serving your brothers and sisters.–JW Read the rest of this entry »


#PraytoendEbola – Praying for Church leaders in West Africa by name

September 30, 2014

(This is a follow up to our post on Praying for various key leaders in the fight against Ebola)

Thanks to US (formerly USPG) for passing along the names of several church leaders in Liberia and Sierra Leone and a suggetion of how we can pray for them.  I’m hoping I can update this post with more names over the course of the next few days.

US has a very helpful Ebola update page.  Check it regularly, along with their daily prayer post for prayer requests from those on the ground in West Africa.

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  • The Most Revd Jonathan Hart, Archbishop of Liberia
  • Ade Renner-Thomas, Chancellor for the Diocese of Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • The Most Revd Daniel Sarfo, The Archbishop of Ghana and Primate of the Anglican Province of West Africa (newly elected in March 2014, following the January 2014 death of his predecessor, Abp. the Most. Rev. Tilewa Johnson)

My contact at US suggested we pray for these men especially to have wisdom in how to help the church in these countries know how to continue show love and respond to the needs, yet  minimize risk. 

In researching this post, I came across an article from George Conger’s blog about a May 2014 clergy conference in Ghana, in which Arcbishop Sarfo exhorted the clergy “to identify more closely with their people, by joining in their sorrows and joys” – that was well before the Ebola outbreak had exploded in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  The Church in West Africa faces a tremendous challenge to show the love of Christ and bring His comfort to those who are suffering and dying because of this outbreak.   Let’s remember and pray for the Church leaders throughout West Africa today using the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

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Here are some links for information about the Anglican Province of West Africa and it’s leadership:

Anglican Communion Office Provincial overview page

Wikipedia page

 

We invite all our readers and contacts to share the names of those working in West Africa or directly involved in the Ebola response so that we can uphold them before the Lord by name.  Thanks!


#PraytoendEbola – 14 Key Leaders to Pray For

September 29, 2014

Personally, I find it hard to pray “generic” prayers for the leaders who are dealing with the Ebola Crisis.  I like details.  It helps me to pray for people by name.  Here are the names of some of the key leaders who need our prayer during this Ebola crisis.  Please pray for two or three of these individuals by name each day this week.  Thanks!

(Note, these are just some of the most prominent names in the fight against Ebola.  I may try to find the names of more of the local leaders on the ground in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea so we can be praying for them as well.)

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God please grant wisdom, grace and strength to:

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  President of Liberia

Ernest Bai Koroma,  President of Sierra Leone

Alpha Condé,   President of Guinea

Dr Margaret Chan, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General

Tom Frieden, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director

Dr. Frank Mahoney, head of the CDC response team in Liberia

Dr. Joanne Liu, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) International President

Brice de le Vingne, MSF Operations Director

Anthony Banbury, head of the new UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), based in Ghana

Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, commander of the U.S. Army Africa (AFRICOM) coordinating US Military response effort

Ambassador Nancy Powell, head of the Ebola Coordination Unit at the Department of State / USAID

Joshua Bogunjoko, SIM international director, and  Bruce Johnson, SIM USA President

Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse CEO

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May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)


Various Scriptures

September 29, 2014

When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4)
      Jesus, please give each disciple in this diocese the courage to “launch out into the deep” for a catch of souls.

But Simon answered and said to him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, please give us this same obedience to your word: that even in the face of previous discouragement we will still “let down our nets”.

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Bring in the catch of souls you have planned for us, Jesus.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Father, please give us a spirit of cooperation to bring in the catch.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8 )
      Father, help us bring our sinfulness to Jesus as Simon Peter did.

Then I will sow her for myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not my people, ‘You are my people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ” (Hosea 2:23)
      You are my God! Thank you for your mercy!

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help me make your faithfulness known to all generations: to young and old alike.

Psalm 89:1 WORD: Make my faithfulness known to others.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23: Acts 20:17-38: Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 29 Episcopal Charities

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

Albany Intercessor


Ebola crisis intercessors

September 29, 2014

Philippians 1:19 (NLT)
For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.

Triune God,
Like the four friends bringing their invalid friend to the feet of Jesus through the hole in the roof, the intercessors are standing with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit holding the sufferers of the Ebola virus epidemic. You, the Triune God, are infinite. We, the intercessors, are finite.
Stir the intercessors, Holy Spirit. Our corner of the pallet is slipping! Stir the intercessors to hold the sufferers of the Ebola virus epidemic in prayer. Bring forth prayers, hymns, and scriptures for the establishment of Your peaceable kingdom in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Stir the intercessors, we pray. Amen.


Autism

September 29, 2014

Isaiah 57:18b-19 (AMP)
I will lead him also and will recompense him and restore comfort to him and to those who mourn for him.
Peace, peace, to him who is far off [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near! says the Lord; I create the fruit of his lips, and I will heal him [make his lips blossom anew with speech in thankful praise].

O dear Lord, make it so for the sufferers of autism spectrum disorders, especially ______. Peace, peace to ________, body, soul, and spirit. Peace inside and out, upside and down, to the right and the left, before and behind. Peace, peace! Amen.


Seven things that will help the Ebola crisis #PraytoendEbola

September 29, 2014

The Guardian had an interesting article about 10 days ago that I just discovered yesterday.  It lists 7 things that need to happen to see improvement in the Ebola crisis.  I thought we could turn these 7 points into a list of things to pray about:

  •  Community outreach to build trust
  •  Contact tracing (following up and monitoring those who have been exposed, enforcing quarantines)
  •  Coordination and response (improved logistics, good communication and collaboration among agencies)
  •  More and better-equipped treatment centres
  •  Well-trained and supported professionals
  •  Research and development (vaccines, effective treatments…)
  •  Innovation and intelligence

Pray for the Lord to raise up the needed workers, to grant them wisdom and insight.  Pray for the Lord to provide the right supplies where they are most needed.   And pray that the Lord would build trust between local populations and leaders and care givers who are trying to help.


#PraytoendEbola: A Prayer for West Africa

September 29, 2014

Today begins a week of focused daily intercession for God’s intervention in the catastrophic Ebola crisis ravaging West Africa.  We’re joining with SIM and others around the world in Praying to end Ebola.

The following prayer comes from US (formerly USPG) and their Ebola update page:

Prayers for West Africa:

God of our anguish, we cry to you
For all who wrestle with Ebola.
Grant we pray, peace to the afraid,
Your welcome to the dying and
Your comfort to those living with loss.
And, merciful Father,
bless those many loving hands
That bravely offer care and hope.

God of healing,
whose Son healed those who were brought to him.
Hear our prayer for the peoples of West Africa
suffering from the Ebola outbreak.
Inspire and enable your church
to be a source of healing, comfort and hope to those affected,
and an agent for the education
and equipping of communities
to stop the spread of this disease.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

I’ll try to post at least one more Ebola prayer entry later today.


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