Alan Harper is elected Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland
Our Father in heaven,
We must build a wall of forgiveness and intercession lest Satan take advantage of us. We are not ignorant of his designs. We must stand in the gap before You on behalf of the Anglican Communion. In the name of Jesus, we humbly beseech You to raise up intercessors for this moment. Turn their hearts to step forward for the primates meeting in Tanzania and to bless Your church. Amen.
John 9:4, Ezekiel 22:30, 2 Corinthians 2:11
Ephesians 2:1-10, RSV
2:1 And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins
2:2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
2:3 Among these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of body and mind, and so we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us,
2:5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
2:6 and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
2:7 that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God–
2:9 not because of works, lest any man should boast.
2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Heavenly Father, we thank You that You are a God who raises the dead. You raised Jesus from the dead and have made us alive with Him through the power of Your Holy Spirit, rescuing us and reviving us when we were dead in our sins. Lord open our eyes to see more of Christ and to understand who You have called us to be in Him, that we may live not according to our old natures, but by Your Spirit and doing what pleases You. May we receive the gift of Your grace and may we walk in the good works that You have prepared for us in Christ. We pray these things for ourselves, the Primates, and for the Anglican Communion. May our lives bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s Collect commemorating Abp. William Laud:
Keep us [and the Anglican Primates], O Lord, constant in faith and zealous in witness, that, like your servant William Laud, we may live in your fear, die in your favor, and rest in your peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Thank You for Your unfathomable love and mercy to us in Christ. By Your grace may we walk in the newness of life You have called us to.
Primate to pray for: Abp. Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi
Archbishop Ntahoturi was elected Primate in 2005, replacing Abp. Ndayisenga. This will be his first full Primates meeting, however he has attended two Global South meetings (the 3rd Encounter in Egypt on October 2005, and the Kigali Primates meeting in September, 2006)
You can read a brief profile and prayer for Abp. Ntahoturi here. Also, for those who have the time and inclination, I strongly recommend reading or re-reading the sermon Abp. of Canterbury Rowan Williams preached at ++Ntahoturi’s enthronment in July, 2005. It talks about what it is to be a faithful shepherd, and apostolic ministry founded and centered upon Christ. It is a wonderful exhortation as to what is important in the ministry of a Primate, and I pray that Abp. Ntahoturi and other Primates will be called back to such basic truths in these days as they prepare their hearts and study the Scriptures in preparation for the Primates meeting.
“. . . The faithful shepherd is the one who is bound by love. He does not do what he wants, he does what the people of God need because Jesus Christ himself, the good shepherd – he tells us that he does not do his will, he does will of his Father. And will of father is that all his people should be fed and saved and led to heaven. So that those who are called to follow Jesus as shepherd and pastors, they too must seek to do will of the Father and to serve the needs of the people.”
Gracious Heavenly Father, may you help Abp. Ntahoturi and the other Anglican Primates today to hear afresh Your call on their lives, to know Your heart and to be faithful shepherds, following the example of the Great Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bear their burdens and carry them as the bear the burdens of the Anglican Communion. May they guard the flock in their care from error and danger. May they be always founded on the teaching of the Apostles and may all they build be built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. For His glory and in His name we pray, Amen.
And he was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. (Mark 1:39)
Jesus, please let your word be preached throughout this diocese and cast out every demonic oppression.
Now a leper came to him, imploring him, kneeling down to him and saying to him, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40)
Jesus, the Episcopal Church has become an outcast and a leper in the Anglican Communion because it has embraced what is evil in your sight; we implore you, make us clean.
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mark 1:41)
Jesus, please in your compassion stretch forth your hand and touch us and speak your words of healing and cleansing to us.
As soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. (Mark 1:42)
Thank you, Jesus, for the healing and cleansing you are bringing to your bride the church.
Holy Spirit, come and empower the healing ministry throughout this diocese. Move every congregation of your people to minister healing. Bless the prayer teams and the ministry at the Healing Center.
Father, we long to see the fullness of your blessing and ministry throughout this diocese; please help every priest and deacon and lay leader minister with the anointing of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.
Jesus, move the hearts of those women you are calling into the vowed life to enter the Sisters of St. Mary and the Daughters of the King. Please protect and bless these ministries. Thank you.
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