New Orleans / Jesus Where’er Thy People Meet

September 20, 2007

Jesus, where’er thy people meet

Filed under: Poems, Hymns & Songs, Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Karen B. @ 9:29 am Edit This

Some Lent & Beyond regulars will recall that during Advent, I discovered the poems/hymns of William Cowper and posted several of them here. Last weekend, Scott at Magic Statistics posted a Cowper hymn on his blog. It immediately struck me as a wonderful prayer for the HoB meeting.

Jesus, where’er thy people meet,
there they behold thy mercy seat;
where’er they seek thee thou art found,
and every place is hallowed ground.

For thou, within no walls confined,
dost dwell with those of humble mind;
such ever bring thee where they come,
and, going, take thee to their home.

Great Shepherd of thy chosen few,
thy former mercies here renew;
here, to our waiting hearts, proclaim
the sweetness of thy saving Name.

Here may we prove the power of prayer
to strengthen faith and sweeten care;
to teach our faint desires to rise,
and bring all heaven before our eyes.

Lord, we are few, but thou art near;
nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
and make a thousand hearts thine own!

Words: William Cowper, 1769.
Music: Wareham, William Knapp, 1738.

Halleujah. The Lord IS near and His arm is not too short too save nor His ear to deaf to hear. May He turn the hearts of TEC to Himself, and our hearts as well!

Scott’s full entry on this hymn is here. Thanks Scott for a great and timely post!

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New Orleans

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 9:03 am Edit This

New Orleans is well known as the home of the largest and most colorful Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. Out of the simple idea of masked revelry in the open streets has developed a complex organization of parades and balls.

Dear Jesus,
You are triumphant! The whole world has seen the powers and forces, the rulers and authorities defeated by Your cross. They have been led away as prisoners when You celebrated Your victory.
We celebrate now. We celebrate the forgiveness of our sins. We celebrate that God canceled the charges against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. We celebrate that our debts have been nailed to the cross. We celebrate that You have made us alive together with You. Amen.
Colossians 2:13-15

Entries from Sept 17 – Sept 20

September 20, 2007

just in case the main L&B server goes down, here are all of this week’s entries so far:


Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 7:50 am Edit This

There has been a call for prayer and fasting today as Archbishop Rowan Williams meets with the Episcopal House of Bishops. There are all kinds of fasts. If you cannot forgo food, ask God what He would like you to give up today.

We’ll be posting prayers through the day. If you click on “Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort” in the side bar, you can read all the prayers for this event that have been posted in the last 40 days.

I find the following helpful in maintaining momentum:
1. Light candles.
2. Use praise music. God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3 KJV). Send those praises to the heavenlies over New Orleans.
3. Kneeling posture. Don’t ask me why, but the confessions just flow more freely when your face is to the floor. Just being quiet in that posture is an act of humility. God is drawn to the humble heart (Isaiah 57:15).

Alms-giving is a potent spiritual discipline.
TEC’s Episcopal Relief and Development
Common Cause’s Anglican Relief and Development

If, in the midst of this crisis, you’re grieving the death of something precious, you might consider a contribution to Anglicans for Life. They also have a petition you can sign. Associated with the petition is one poll question.

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Matthew 5:1-12

Filed under: Bishops / Dioceses, Lectionary-based Prayers, Torre B., Episcopal Church — Torre B. @ 4:26 am Edit This

And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated his disciples came to him. (Matthew 5:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see the multitudes around us and guide us in bringing your teaching to them.

Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:2)
      Jesus, please speak your word to us today; teach the House of Bishops so that they will be true teachers of your word.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
      Father, please help us know our poverty of spirit as we look toward your kingdom.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
      Jesus, we grieve and mourn for your church.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
      LORD, it is not by might or by power, but by your Spirit that we shall enter into our inheritance; help us seek you and your ways. (From Zechariah 4:6)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
      Jesus, you told your disciples you had food to eat that they knew not; please help us sit down at that banquet table of the righteous. (From John 4:32)

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, please move our hearts to mercy; please help us share the gospel with the lost and the least.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
      Holy Spirit, please cleanse our hearts so that we may see God and his works; cleanse the hearts of the House of Bishops so that they may see the path to walk in.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
      Jesus, you wept over Jerusalem because it did not know the things that made for its peace; we weep over the Episcopal Church and its House of Bishops because they too are blind to what can bring their peace. Lord, restore our sight! Son of David, have mercy on us! (From Luke 19:41-42)

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
      Jesus, the leaders of the Episcopal Church have persecuted your faithful people and said evil against them falsely; please help your faithful people rejoice and be glad for the reward that is laid up for them in heaven. (From Matthew 5:11-12)

Thursday: 70, 71; 1 Kings 22:29-45; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Matthew 5:1-10
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Kings 1:2-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:11-16

Albany Intercessor

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Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 2:29 am Edit This

One of our readers, BettyLee Payne, shared this:

Lord God, may the light of Your one and only Son shine brightly through those who belong to you in the Anglican Communion during the days ahead. Thank You Jesus Christ our Savior that you have told us you are:
> the Bread of Life, the only source of all that the Father has to give us every day and throughout eternity,
>the Light of the world, bringing us out of darkness and into the light of your goodness and truth,
>the Gate for the sheep, the only door through which we have access to the Father,
>the Good Shepherd, always loving and caring for the sheep who follow you and hear your voice,
>the Resurrection and the Life, the source of new life and the power over death through eternal life,
>the Way, the Truth and the Life, the method, message and meaning for all people, the reason you came to earth. The Father’s purpose for making you the Son of man.
>the Vine, the source of life for us, the branches who must draw our life from the Vine. We cannot live or bear fruit for God’s kingdom if we are not attached to the Vine. We depend completely on You, Lord Jesus, for our Spiritual life and for bearing inner and outer fruit for the Father.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Te Deum

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 8:36 pm Edit This

We received this comment from Maud Warren, one of our readers, this week. What a wonderful exhortation! Thank you, Maud. The House of Bishops meeting is starting now. Let’s begin.

Thanks for keeping these prayers going. Singing the Te Deum, page 366, Hymnbook 1982, is a wonderful way to center on what the body of Christ means to us, all those who have kept and are now kept in the faith, and how awesome is our God!!!If we keep this as a vigil throughout these days leading up to the Bishops Meeting in New Orleans, the Common Cause Meetings, and beyond, we will send this adoration like incense, wafting up in praise. When I first became a Christian, years ago, I sang “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord–God Almighty, Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee….Let us pray without ceasing, praise our Triune God singing prayers in greatest joy!

This is a painful and stressful time, but once we enter into worshipful praise and confident asking, knowing Jesus, the Father through Him and the Holy Spiirt, we’re home!

Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.

Lo! the apostolic train
Join the sacred Name to hallow;
Prophets swell the loud refrain,
And the white robed martyrs follow;
And from morn to set of sun,
Through the Church the song goes on.

Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.

Thou art King of glory, Christ:
Son of God, yet born of Mary;
For us sinners sacrificed,
And to death a tributary:
First to break the bars of death,
Thou has opened Heaven to faith.

From Thy high celestial home,
Judge of all, again returning,
We believe that Thou shalt come
In the dreaded doomsday morning;
When Thy voice shall shake the earth,
And the startled dead come forth.

Therefore do we pray Thee, Lord:
Help Thy servants whom, redeeming
By Thy precious blood out-poured,
Thou hast saved from Satan’s scheming.
Give to them eternal rest
In the glory of the blest.

Spare Thy people, Lord, we pray,
By a thousand snares surrounded:
Keep us without sin today,
Never let us be confounded.
Lo, I put my trust in Thee;
Never, Lord, abandon me.

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A call to prayer and fasting

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 6:42 pm Edit This

In an article entitled Called to the Call, Rev. George Woodliff III (my husband) describes a solemn assembly of 60,000 Christians in Nashville this summer. He then reflects on the meaning of the event for the Episcopal Church. He concludes:

The next critical scene in our unfolding Anglican drama is, I believe, the meeting of Archbishop Rowan Williams with the Episcopal House of Bishops in New Orleans on September 20, 2007. It will be a “hinge” moment in the history of the Communion. Therefore, I respectfully call on all Anglicans, worldwide, to a day of prayer and fasting on that day. This is the time, like the woman with the issue of blood, to press in to the Lord. Like her, we have been hemorrhaging far too long. As with her, He is the only one who can heal us and restore our peace.

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Your word, Lord

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 12:20 pm Edit This

Isaiah 21:11b-12a
Someone calls to me from Seir,
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?”
The watchman replies,
“Morning is coming, but also the night.

Dear Heavenly Father,
You are omnipotent. Your word will not fail to do what You plan for it to do; it will do everything You send it to do. We praise Your Holy Name.
You have hidden Your word in the hearts of the Anglican leaders convening in New Orleans. Just as You released Your fire upon Your people at Pentecost, release Your fire upon these leaders. May the tongues of fire touch each person there. Unlock Your word hidden in their hearts! Reveal Your word hidden in their hearts! May Your word go forth and ignite the people of God. May Your word go forth and burn up the enemy. Declare Your power in this hour! Release Your fire and bring Your light, we pray. We cry out for the Bright Morning Star. Amen.
Isaiah 55:11, Acts 2:3, Revelation 22:16

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New Orleans

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 7:34 am Edit This

Except for the river banks and levees, a significant portion of New Orleans is below sea level.

Save Your church, dear Lord. We sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. We have come into the deep waters, and the floods engulf us. We are worn out calling for help.
Hear our cry, O God; listen to our prayers. From the ends of the earth we in the Anglican Communion call to you. We call as our hearts grow faint; lead us to the rock that is higher than we.
Psalm 61:1-2, 69:1-3

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Prayer for House of Bishops Meeting in New Orleans

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Karen B. @ 7:12 am Edit This

Thanks to Chip Johnson at South Dakota Anglican for this.

Almighty and everlasting God, who by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world; We beseech thee to be with the Archbishop of Canterbury, his Standing Committee, and the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, meeting in New Orleans, in thy Name and Presence. Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; of of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern them in their work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life; throught the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

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Ride in!

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 6:09 am Edit This

Dear Heavenly Father,

In the name of Your Son, we humbly ask You to release a new season of courage to the House of Bishops and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Perfect love casts out fear. Anoint them with Your love so that they do not fear confrontation with the rulers, the authorities, the cosmic powers of this present darkness, the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

We ask that Your sons and daughters stand with the mind of Christ, in right relationship with You. We ask that they stand firm in truth and that they run swiftly to meet others in peace. Shield them in faith. Give them the words of Holy Scripture to sever all fears, desires, habits, worldly rules, legalism, and spiritual forces that hold our church in bondage. Send Your Spirit to teach them how to pray and how to worship You in all Your glory.

We call out, King of kings and Lord of lords. We call out, ‘Come by here! Ride in like the wind and clear a pathway. Come through! Come through! Come through!’ Amen.

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Matthew 4:18-22

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And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:18-19)
      Jesus, please help our following of you bring the same result: that we will become fishers of men.

They immediately left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:20)
      Holy Spirit, please help us respond immediately as Peter and Andrew did to Jesus’ call.

Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. (Matthew 4:21-22)
      Father, please help us leave behind everything in order to follow Jesus. James and John left their father and their profession to follow Jesus; help us leave anything behind that hinders us from responding to Jesus. Thank you.

Wednesday: 72; 1 Kings 22:1-28; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Matt. 4:18-25
Thursday: 70, 71; 1 Kings 22:29-45; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Matt. 5:1-10

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***** A word received for Sunday School Lesson 3: I want to come into your life with my Holy Spirit. I want to do a deeper cleansing in your life. Invite me in.

Sunday School Lesson 5 verses and words.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
In the beginning … God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:1…3) A word received: When I speak there is light to see by. I have always been there speaking my light into being.

He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
A word received: I was there as the Word of God at the beginning of all things that you know. Let my word speak into your life and bring light.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
Then God said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3)
Then God said, “Let there be a firmament” (Genesis 1:6)
Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered” (Genesis 1:9)
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass” (Genesis 1:11)
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament” (Genesis 1:14)
Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures” (Genesis 1:20)
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature” (Genesis 1:24)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26)
A word received: Look around you; what can you see that I did not speak into existence? I want to speak my word into your heart; will you let me come in?

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. (Deuteronomy 30:14) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19a) A word received: Choose life so that my light can shine on your path and you will not stumble.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.” (Psalm 139:11-12) A word received: Look at the darkness — it is light to me. Look at the night — is day bright to me. Look at the darkness in your heart; my light can shine there as well.

Albany Intercessor

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Come Thou Everlasting Spirit

Filed under: Karen B., Poems, Hymns & Songs, Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Karen B. @ 5:07 am Edit This

A blogging friend in Scotland posted this hymn by Charles Wesley back in May. I’ve had it bookmarked waiting for the right opportunity to post it. Today seems timely in view of the ECUSA lectionary readings from I Corinthians 1 yesterday and today. This hymn is basically a prayer that the Holy Spirit would remind us of the Cross and transform us through the power of the Cross. It fits in well with the readings, but also with the need of the moment in the life of our church.

Come, Thou everlasting Spirit,
Bring to every thankful mind
All the Saviour’s dying merit,
All His sufferings for mankind!
True Recorder of His passion,
Now the living faith impart;
Now reveal His great salvation;
Preach His Gospel to our heart.

Come, Thou Witness of His dying;
Come, Remembrancer divine!
Let us feel Thy power, applying
Christ to every soul, and mine!
Let us groan Thine inward groaning;
Look on Him we pierced, and grieve;
All receive the grace atoning,
All the sprinkled blood receive.

Charles Wesley (1745)

thanks to Gadget Vicar for this gem

I Cor 1:18-25 (ESV)
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

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Matthew 4:12-17 and 1 Corinthians 1:20-31

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Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:12-16)
      Lord Jesus, the Episcopal Church sits in great darkness, please help us all to see by your light. Let your light dawn on the Episcopal Church for it sits in the shadow of death. Please let your light shine through Bishop Bill and the other faithful bishops at the House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans this week.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
      Holy Spirit, move the hearts of the leaders and shepherds of the Episcopal Church to repentance and new life in Jesus. Thank you.

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1 Corinthians 1:20)
      Father, the Episcopal Church has embraced the wisdom of this world; please help it repent of this folly.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)
      Jesus, please help us in the Episcopal Church hear and believe the apostolic message of your cross and resurrection. Thank you for saving those who believe this message.

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, (1 Corinthians 1:22-23)
      Holy Spirit, please let Christ crucified be preached in every parish of this diocese.

but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:24)
      Father, thank you for calling us and giving us faith to believe your son Jesus. Thank you for your power and wisdom; please let them drive worldly wisdom far from us. Our hope is in you.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
      Help us see our calling; though we are not counted wise according to the flesh or mighty or strong, you have chose us to put to shame the things of the mighty. Father, you have chosen the lowly things of the world and those who are despised by the world to bring to nothing the wisdom of the world. Thank you for giving us the wisdom of your Holy Spirit, your righteousness, and sanctification in Christ Jesus. Help all of us in this diocese find our glory in you. Thank you. (From 1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

A word received: Ask my people to turn to me, to repent. Ask my people to put their trust in me.

Tuesday: 61, 62; 1 Kings 21:17-29; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Matt. 4:12-17
Wednesday: 72; 1 Kings 22:1-28; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Matt. 4:18-25

Albany Intercessor

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Hear our cry

Filed under: Lectionary-based Prayers, Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 1:14 am Edit This

O Lord,
You are our rock, our salvation, our stronghold. Appoint lovingkindness and truth to preserve Your sons and daughters meeting in New Orleans this week. Appoint Jesus Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.
The kingdom of heaven is at hand. We cry out for Your children. Hear our cry, O Lord. Amen.
Psalm 61:7b, 62:2; Matthew 5:17, 1 Corinthians 1:24

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The Mississippi River

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 1:10 am Edit This

Commerce on the Mississippi was greatly stimulated by the advent of steam navigation; the first steamboat to descend the river was the “New Orleans,” which arrived on January 1812, on its maiden trip from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During its voyage, it survived the New Madrid earthquake.
The river trade was carried on in spite of the danger from sandbars on entering the river. Two years later, the “New Orleans” hit a stump and sank.

Dear Jesus,
The Anglican Communion is navigating uncharted waters. You are the captain of our souls. Guide us as we pray. Amen.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Two good prayers for this week’s HoB meetings

Filed under: Collects, Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Karen B. @ 7:06 am Edit This

Two blogging friends posted collects over the weekend that struck me as being extremely relevant for this week as we pray and fast for the House of Bishops’ meeting in New Orleans, and for the future of the Anglican Communion:

Collect 15th Sunday After Trinity

Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because, the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thanks to Scott at MagicStats

Proper 16C
O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

thanks to David at Confessing Tiger

I suggest praying these at some appointed time daily this week. I’ll have other prayer resources to post each day this week as well.

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1 Corinthians 1:1-10

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Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, (1 Corinthians 1:1)
      Jesus, please sift through the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church and remove all those who hold apostolic office and are not called by you, and bless and confirm with signs following all those who are called by you to apostolic office.

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:2)
      Father, please bless the church in the Diocese of Albany; help us all hear the call to holiness of life; and help us truly make Jesus Lord of our lives, our parishes, and this diocese.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 13:)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive God’s grace and peace in our lives.

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, (1 Corinthians 1:4)
      Thank you, LORD, for the grace and mercy you have poured out on us.

that you were enriched in everything by him in all utterance and all knowledge, (1 Corinthians 1:5)
      Jesus, please help us all know you as Lord and Savior and speak of what we know of you.

even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, (1 Corinthians 1:6)
      Jesus, please confirm our testimony about you. Please confirm Bishop Bill’s testimony when he speaks in the House of Bishops meeting.

so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Corinthians 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, please move through the whole of this diocese so that we come up short in no gift and are eagerly waiting for Jesus to be revealed to the whole world.

who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:8)
      Jesus, please keep us steady to the end and blameless in the day of your coming.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9)
      Father, thank you for your faithfulness in calling us into fellowship with your son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
      Jesus, please bring us in this diocese to a quiet, common mind in you. Thank you.

A word received in preparation for teaching the adult Sunday School class yesterday morning: Ask for my Spirit to move in the hearts of the class.

Monday: 56, 57, 58; 1 Kings 21:1-16; 1 Corinthians 1:1-19; Matthew 4:1-11
Tuesday: 61, 62; 1 Kings 21:17-29; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Matt. 4:12-17

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Filed under: Lectionary-based Prayers, Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 1:10 am Edit This

God is to be trusted. 1 Corinthians 1:9a
I will give you my offering of thanksgiving. Psalm 56:12b
For the message about Christ’s death on the cross is nonsense to those being lost; but for us who are being saved, it is God’s power. 1 Corinthians 1:18
I will give you my offering of thanksgiving. Psalm 56:12b
But Jesus answered, The scripture says, ‘Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.’” Matthew 4:4
I will give you my offering of thanksgiving. Psalm 56:12b

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The Mississippi River

Filed under: Aug-Sept 2007 Prayer Effort — Jill W. @ 1:00 am Edit This

This week, the House of Bishops will convene in New Orleans. A wonderful 1885 lithograph of New Orleans, the Mississippi River, and Lake Pontchartrain can be found here.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Your prophet Elisha sent his servant to instruct Naaman, commander of the army of Aram, to wash in the Jordan River seven times to heal his leprosy. Indignant that the prophet had not personally seen him and scornful of his simple instructions, Naaman almost departed without obeying. Yet his servants persuaded him to stay and obey, and his leprosy was cured.
Your prophet John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
Leaders of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion are meeting on the banks of the Mississippi River. Raise up prophets who will preach a baptism of repentance. Raise up servants who will counsel obedience. Anoint this gathering with a spirit of humility. Cleanse their hearts and heal this church, we pray. Amen.
2 Kings 5, Mark 1:1-8

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