John came baptizing in the wilderness (Mark 1:4a)
Father, come and lead us through the wilderness areas of our lives.
and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Mark 1:4b)
Holy Spirit, anoint the preaching throughout this diocese so that we all hear a clear call to repentance and receive forgiveness of our sins.
Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him (Mark 1:5a)
Let all your people throughout this diocese and in the City of Albany go forth to meet you Jesus. Let the Diocesan Convention be such a meeting place.
and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. (Mark 1:5b)
Jesus, let the river of your Spirit flow though this community and through the whole diocese. Bring many to that river to be baptized by your Holy Spirit with a good confession of sins.
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “There comes one after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:6-8 )
Jesus, let the river of your Spirit flow with such force that we are all carried forth on it (see Ezekiel 47:1-6). Bring us to that pleace where the river of your Spirit runs so deep that we have to take our feet off the bottom and let it carry us so that we can go forward in you. Thank you.
“You are my beloved son” (Mark 1:11) A word received: Ask them to discus how I showed my love for Jesus in the lesson. It is tied to being driven into the wilderness to face the temptations there. I am preparing my son for the tests he would face. [From yesterday's Sunday School class.]
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Gen. 37:1-11: 1 Cor. 1:1-19: Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Gen. 37:12-24: 1 Cor. 1:20-31: Mark 1:14-28
Notes from the Front Line
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 8:31-38; Romans 8:31-39; Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 16 or 16:5-11).
***** Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
Perhaps the fruit of not being affirmed is a perception of rejection.
***** Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012
From: WHI Dayton Prayer
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Dayton Prayer Request and Praise Report 2012 02 26
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)
May you be richly blessed by the Father’s Love, as we hunger and thirst for the Bread of Life and the Living Water this Lenten Season and beyond.
1. Various questions about WHI. “Will young active duty service members and spouses feel out-of-place since WHI veterans seem to be from previous campaigns like Vietnam War?” “Some of the soldiers have lost limbs or have other injuries – will they feel awkward coming to the retreat?” “WHI addresses spiritual and emotional healing; does it address physical healing?”
2. WHI Dayton Team has decided to increase the total size of the April retreat from 40 to 60 total – approx. 20 facilitators and 40 attendees. As we stretch our faith, we need to obey the Lord and lean more on Him to provide for all resources and anointing. Many WHI Dayton vets and volunteers will be shouldering more responsibilities during the April retreat.
3. A WHI Dayton vet will be on business trip to Washington DC for 3-weeks, 27 Feb to 16 Mar. He plans to join other DC area WHI advocates to promote WHI to military chaplains and other church groups.
4. WHI Dayton vets has a vision for a new Veterans’ Resource Center: a new facility like popular coffee shops w/ windows and open design, smoke- and alcohol-free, where veterans and families can visit to network and receive personalized help – to include healing prayer ministry and training, marriage and parenting resources.
5. A group of pastors and chaplains in KY is considering hosting a WHI Retreat early Oct. The General Officer’s WHI Retreat in DC is from 10 – 12 Apr. WHI Dayton Retreat is 17 – 19 Apr. WHI New York Team and volunteers are assisting in all these retreats; plus planning for a female vets’ retreat (TBD) and a 12 – 14 Nov Retreat.
6. WHI Dayton alumni Dan and Gina expecting 1st child in March, Aaron and Jenn 4th child in June.
7. USAF Ch. Mark, back surgery end of Feb and out for 30 days. Navy Ch. Fr. M’s parents need healing.
8. If the Lord has a word for you to be shared with WHI Dayton, please feel free to e-mail us.
9. We are looking for intense prayer intercession (on-site and from afar) from Mon 16 Apr to Thr 19 Apr noon. If you can give an hour to pray, for example, or organize a group to pray and worship for an hour a day – that faith will move mountains!