Canada

May 18, 2007

The Canadian General Synod will meet in Winnipeg in June. The prairies around Winnipeg are the former bed of a glacial sea. Petroleum, natural gas, and coal are found in the sedimentary rock.

O Lord,
At creation, darkness was upon the face of the deep, and Your Spirit moved upon the face of the waters. Order was brought out of chaos.
How manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your riches.
Send forth Your Spirit to the Anglican Church of Canada and give them breath. Create in the delegates to the Synod clean hearts, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within them. Replenish the church with Your riches and bring glory to Your name.
In the name of Your Son, who was present at creation, we cry out for a church in the likeness of Christ and for the renewal of the face of Canada. Amen.
Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:10; 104:24, 30; John 1:1

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Johannine-Psalmodic couplets

May 18, 2007

I started playing around with a new meditation form. I take one verse of the psalms and one from the gospel John to create a couplet. For example:

Pilgrim: For me to cleave to God is good.
Jesus: And out of your heart will flow rivers of living water.
(Ps 73:28 and Jn 7:39)

On Saturday, the diocese of Northwest Pennsylvania will elect a new bishop. May they elect one who cleaves to God.

One that I came up with had to do with evangelism. The Anglican Communion Network is sponsoring a Good News Training Conference in El Paso. May they remember that God is near and tell of His wondrous deeds.

Jesus: Look around you.
Pilgrim: Your name is near.
Jesus: The fields are ripe for harvesting.
Pilgrim: I will tell of your wondrous deeds.
(Ps 75:1 and Jn 4:35)

I haven’t had much time to play with the form, but I think it will yield much. I invite our readers to come up with some and share them.


Global Day of Prayer: Day 2

May 18, 2007

Filed under: Anglican Prayer & Intercession — Karen B. @ 4:02 am

Global Day of Prayer

Continuing our series on the 10 Days of Global Prayer leading up to Pentecost…

Here are the prayer themes identified for Day 2:

DAY 2 Friday May 18

Increasing in UNITED PRAYER

For sustained movements of united prayer
Concerning: prayerlessness, occult practices, materialism

“These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer…”
— Acts 1:14 (NASB)

For the Glory of Christ
• That God would unite us in prayer with “one mind,” (Acts 1:14, 2:46, 4:24), empowering us to pray passionately together for Christ’s glory in all the world.
• That God would hear and answer the prayers of the poor, the young and the marginalized and would be glorified by their praises.

For the Blessing of the Nations
• That God’s Spirit would inspire and empower believers to pray specific blessings upon their neighbors and friends.
• That people throughout our communities would be moved to call out to God for His help as never before.
• That the leaders of our community would ask God for His wisdom and hope.

You can learn more about the Global Day of Prayer (May 27, 2007) here.


Global Day of Prayer: 10 Days of Prayer, Day 1

May 17, 2007

Some of you may be aware of the Global Day of Prayer movement, which seeks to unite Christians around the world in prayer on the day of Pentecost, this year, May 27.

This year, there is also a 10 day prayer campaign from Ascension to Pentecost. Today, being Ascension, is Day 1 of this 10 day prayer effort. My teammates and I, as well as the local believers we work with, are participating in this effort and this morning we used the prayer themes in the 10 Day Prayer guide as part of our prayer focus in our team morning prayer time.

You can learn more about the Global Day of Prayer here.

You can download the 10 days of Prayer guide here:
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Adobe PDF format

We Anglicans are desperately in need of prayer. Many Anglican leaders and bloggers are facing life-changing decisions, family crises, intense spiritual warfare. As Bishop Bob Duncan wrote in a recent letter to the Network (leaked and published on Mark Harris’ blog, Preludium):

We are living through remarkable and grievous days; recent events are only the beginning of an unfolding we all prayed would never take place. The recent and overwhelmingly passed resolutions of the House of Bishops make obvious the path The Episcopal Church desires to take. Since then I have prayed and consulted with Network Bishops, Presidents of Standing Committees, our Common Cause Partners and various allies and leaders. The time for statements is over. The House of Bishops has said to us and the worldwide Anglican Communion “we have no need of you except on our own terms.” The message has been received. The time for action has come.

The consequences to the Church will be historic and global. Unfolding events will require constancy in prayer, courage, fasting, and sacrificial giving. They will require great wisdom and loving forbearance…

Indeed prayer is needed now more than ever in the crisis faced by the Anglican Communion. I hope and pray we will use this 10 Day period to unite in fervent prayer for our leaders and our church. Here are today’s prayer themes.

DAY 1 Thursday May 17

Seeking THE KINGDOM OF GOD,

For the transforming power of Christ’s kingdom
Concerning: spiritual darkness, church divisions, economic oppression

“…and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me…’”
— Acts 1:3-4 (NASB)

For the Glory of Christ
• For the hearts of God’s people to blaze with love and loyal obedience to Jesus as King and Lord of all.
• For the goodness and glory of Christ’s kingly love to be experienced by many throughout whole cities.
• For Christ to gather and instruct His people from the Scriptures concerning the hope of His life-giving kingdom.

For the Blessing of the Nations
• For Christ to bring believers to dwell in cities where breakthroughs of blessing have not yet occurred. Pray that they would patiently pursue the promised blessing of Christ’s kingdom in difficult places.
• That the power of Christ’s love would bring lasting transformation throughout entire communities.

The focus on praying for hearts blazing with love for Christ reminded me of a song by Stuart Townend, “My First Love.” I’m hoping my friend BabyBlue can stream it for me on her blog later today. But whether she does or not, you can hear a sample of it or buy it at ITunes. Here’s part of the lyrics:

Verse 1:
My first love is a blazing fire
I feel His pow’rful love in me
For He has kindled a flame of passion
And I will let it grow in me.
And in the night I will sing Your praise, my Lord
And in the morning I’ll seek Your face, my Lord

Chorus:
And like a child I will dance in Your presence
Oh, let the joy of heaven pour down on me
I still remember the first day I met You
And I don’t ever want to lose that fire, my first love

Verse 3:
Restore the years of the church’s slumber
Revive the fire that has grown dim
Renew the love of those first encounters
That we may come alive again
And we will rise like the dawn throughout the earth
Until the trumpet announces Your return

Stuart Townend
©1996 Thankyou Music
CCLI song #1585963


Ascension Day

May 17, 2007

By Karen B. on Church Seasons

Ascension
A blessed Ascension Day to all L&B readers. After being offline much of the past few weeks, I had a bit of a chance last night to catch up on some of the Anglican blogs. I came across a few nice posts for Ascension Day:

Fr. Rob Lord has reflections on a quote from Dallas Willard and Christ’s ministry of intercession for believers — “Christ is Pulling for You

Dean Rick Lobs: The Ascension of Our Lord

Dr. Peter Toon has two posts:
Ascensiontide —a precious season of 10 days before Pentecost
Feast of the Ascension—why a much neglected Festival?

And here is Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest Devotional for today:

His Ascension and Our Access

We have no experiences in our lives that correspond to the events in our Lord’s life after the transfiguration. From that moment forward His life was altogether substitutionary. Up to the time of the transfiguration, He had exhibited the normal, perfect life of a man. But from the transfiguration forward— Gethsemane, the Cross, the resurrection— everything is unfamiliar to us. His Cross is the door by which every member of the human race can enter into the life of God; by His resurrection He has the right to give eternal life to anyone, and by His ascension our Lord entered heaven, keeping the door open for humanity.

The transfiguration was completed on the Mount of Ascension. If Jesus had gone to heaven directly from the Mount of Transfiguration, He would have gone alone. He would have been nothing more to us than a glorious Figure. But He turned His back on the glory, and came down from the mountain to identify Himself with fallen humanity.

The ascension is the complete fulfillment of the transfiguration. Our Lord returned to His original glory, but not simply as the Son of God— He returned to His father as the Son of Man as well. There is now freedom of access for anyone straight to the very throne of God because of the ascension of the Son of Man. As the Son of Man, Jesus Christ deliberately limited His omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. But now they are His in absolute, full power. As the Son of Man, Jesus Christ now has all the power at the throne of God. From His ascension forward He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

I find the reminder of Christ’s glory and full omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience, as well as His ministry of intercession for believers from His throne at the Father’s right hand, extremely comforting and timely today. There are a lot of dear friends and Anglican leaders who are in need of intercession at the moment, and when words and strength fail me, I am encouraged to be reminded of Christ’s powerful intercession for the saints.

Church Year.Net has an excellent collection of Collects for Ascension. Here is one from the Church of South India:

O God, whose blessed Son,
our great high priest,
has entered once for all into the Holy Place
and ever liveth to intercede on our behalf:
grant that we,
sanctified by the offering of his body
may draw near with full assurance of faith
by the way which he has dedicated for us
and evermore serve thee, the living God;
through the same thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
O Father, and the the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.
— Church of South India


Matthew 28:16-20

May 17, 2007

By Torre B. on Episcopal Church

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
      Jesus, please guide our footsteps so that we go to the places and do the things you have appointed for us. Please let the Diocesan Convention be place of meeting you.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
      Holy Spirit, you know all our doubts and fears, help us worship Jesus in spite of them. Please help all of us worship you at the Diocesan Convention.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18)
      Scripture describes moral chaos as, “In those days there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6, 21:25) Father, we live in such a time; please help us accept and live under the authority you have given your son Jesus.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19)
      Father, immerse us in the authority you have given Jesus; immerse us in the obedience of Jesus; immerse us in the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Father, the Episcopal Church desperately needs a fresh baptism of repentance and your Holy Spirit, come soon and visit your people.

“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
      Jesus, you did not teach as the scribes did, for you taught the people as one having authority. (Matthew 7:29) Bring the leaders and clergy of the Episcopal Church under your authority so that they can teach as you taught. Lord, we are a people in rebellion against all authority, doing what is right in our own eyes and not what is right in your sight; please help us repent and return to you and your ways. You submitted yourself to the Father’s authority and purposes; please help us do the same. Thank you.

      A word received: I long for my people to know me.

***** The Daughters of the King retreat is at Spiritual Life Center this weekend, Friday to Sunday. (Some are coming from National office and dioceses that agree with the national church.)
      Lord, we pray that this will not be a problem and disruption in the meetings. We pray for peace and unity in you. Raise up intercessors among the Daughters who will sit around the edge of the meetings and pray for the Lord’s protection, peace and unity. We also pray that if anything is brought up which is meant as a challenge to your teaching that it will just not be heard.

Albany Intercessor


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