Los Angeles

November 30, 2007

The Los Angeles diocesan convention begins today (November 30-Dec 1).

Our Father,

We cry out for Your children in this diocese.  May Christ be set aside as Lord of their hearts.  May they with gentleness and reverence testify to the hope that is within them.  May they serve in humility to the glory of Your name.  Send Your holy angels to surround them,  we pray.  Amen.

Matthew 20:26, 1 Peter 3:15


Cybersquatter

November 29, 2007

I’m told anglican.tk was taken over by a cybersquatter.  I don’t even know if a cybersquatter is animate or inanimate.  However, I’m guessing it is hostile, and it has interrupted the work of the body of Christ.  So here goes . . . (This prayer is based on a prayer for protection by Christian Healing Ministries, Inc.  I know it sounds kooky to some of you.  The original prayer was written after interviews with witches coming out of covens and counteracts their prayers point by point.  Fortunately, such witchcraft is uncommon, but it does happen.) 

Lord, we lift this cybersquatter to You.  If there are human beings involved in the execution of this cybersquatter, we ask You to bless them by sending Your Holy Spirit.  You know their needs far better than we.  Bless them deeply.

We see through a glass darkly.  If any evil spirits have been commissioned to block our prayers or to work against the ministry of classicalanglican.net, in the name of Jesus and by the power of His cross and His blood, we break those assignments, we bind those spirits and all interaction they might have with one another, and we send them to Jesus.  We bind up the power of all the satanic forces of nature (earth, air, water, fire, and the netherworld) and command them not to block the prayers and ministry of classicalanglican.net.  Moreover, we break any curses, hexes, or spells that might have been sent against us and declare them null and void.

We ask for the protection of the shed blood of Jesus Christ over Mike and all persons who support classicalanglican.net.  Thank You, Lord, for Your protection and send Your angels to help us in the establishment of Your kingdom on earth. 

We ask You to guide us in our prayers.  Share with us Your Spirit’s power and compassion.  Amen.


Zephaniah 3:1-5

November 29, 2007

Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, to the oppressing city! (Zephaniah 3:1)

      LORD, we are a rebellious people and we have polluted the land.

She has not obeyed his voice, she has not received correction; she has not trusted in the LORD, she has not drawn near to her God. (Zephaniah 3:2)

      Jesus, these are still the sins of your bride; have mercy on us.

Her princes in her midst are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave not a bone till morning. (Zephaniah 3:3)

      Holy Spirit, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to conversion and repentance.

Her prophets are insolent, treacherous people; her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. (Zephaniah 3:4)

      Father, those who have vowed to uphold your word now deny it, have mercy on us.

The LORD is righteous in her midst, he will do no unrighteousness. Every morning he brings his justice to light; he never fails, but the unjust knows no shame. (Zephaniah 3:5)

      A word received: Keep your attention on me.

      LORD, please help us keep our attention on you and your righteousness. You are the one true light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church. Thank you.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133], Zephaniah 3:1-13, 1 Peter 2:11-25, Matthew 20:1-16

Friday: 140, 142, Isaiah 24:14-23, 1 Peter 3:13-4:6, Matthew 20:17-28

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***** Pray for the Middle East Peace Conference being held in Annapolis, MD.

      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

      May they prosper that love you.

      Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces.

      And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say,

      “Peace be with you.”

      Because of the house of the LORD our God,

      I will seek to do you good.

(From Psalm 122:6-9)

Albany Intercessor


A note about L&B status — and old Advent links

November 28, 2007

Hi all,

I’m working to trying to figure out the status and future of Classical Anglican Net and whether Lent & Beyond will make the move to this backup site permanently, in which case we’ll need to do a lot of work to upgrade and import old links and archives, etc.

Stay tuned…

We do plan to post special devotional entries for Advent.  Not sure they’ll be daily.  More likely 3-4 times per week.

In the meantime, while we work to figure out the Lent & Beyond status, you can still access all our old Advent posts by using the Google cache.

Go to Google and copy and paste the following in the Google search box for various categories and entries:

For our Advent Resources Compilation post (not yet updated for 2007):
cache:http://lent.classicalanglican.net/?p=2771

For the Advent resources category:
cache:http://lent.classicalanglican.net/index.php?cat=38

For the Advent devotionals category:
cache:http://lent.classicalanglican.net/index.php?cat=10

For some of our favorite Advent posts from the past 3 years:
cache:cache:http://lent.classicalanglican.net/?p=2774

(Any of the linked posts in this post can be viewed using the Google cache as well…)

Wishing all our readers a blessed Advent season,

Karen B.


Intercessors

November 28, 2007

Dear Lord,

We ask that You raise up intercessors who will cry out for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Anglican Consultative Council, the primates, and the Lambeth Conference.  Answer us, O Lord.  Raise up intercessors who will rise before dawn and wait for Your words.  Raise up intercessors who anticipate the night watches that they may ponder Your promises.  In Your love, listen to the intercessors for the Anglican Communion.  In Your justice, revive them.  You are near to them.  All Your commandments are truth, and You have meant them to last forever.  Amen.

Psalm 119:145-152


1 Peter 2:1-5

November 28, 2007

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (1 Peter 2:1)

Jesus, please help us be wise as serpents and harmless as doves as we go through this time of trial with the Episcopal Church. (From Matthew 10:16) 

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (1 Peter 2:2)

Holy Spirit, please visit every parish and every preacher in this diocese so that the people will be fed with the pure milk of the word and receive the gospel into their hearts.

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:3)

Father, please help us all taste and see that you are good. (From Psalm 34:8) 

Coming to him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, (1 Peter 2:4)

Jesus, you and your cross are a stumbling stone to many; please help us keep our footing as we walk with you; don’t let us be a cause for others to stumble.

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)

Jesus, please help us be living stones that build up your church.  Thank you.

A word received in preparation for teaching Lesson 12 on December 2nd ( http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com):  My people are not prepared; my people are not ready.  Look to me; keep your eyes on me if you would be ready.  John kept his eyes on me, you are called to do the same.  When you look to me, you will be able to point to me.

Wednesday:  119:145-176, Obadiah 15-21, 1 Peter 2:1-10, Matthew 19:23-30

Thursday:  131, 132, [133], Zephaniah 3:1-13, 1 Peter 2:11-25, Matthew 20:1-16 

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***** Pray for the Middle East Peace Conference being held in Annapolis, MD.

Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper that love you. Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces. And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say, ‘Peace be with you.’ Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek to do you good. (From Psalm 122:6-9) 

***** Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 07:45:46 -0500 From: Nigel Mumford Subject: an answered prayer and other stuff Dear faithful praying people,      

A prayer of thanksgiving: (follow up) The athlete teen with the torn ACL spoke to me yesterday in regard to the healing/curing of her knee three weeks ago. Her face, again totally radiant, as she told me about her physician.  The doctor had booked her for surgery, all the symptoms and the MRI confirmed that she would be off her feet for at least a couple of months and would most likely not return to sports. When she came for prayer she was so dejected, as if all her dreams were shattered. The teen told me that the doctor, after another check up, told her that she, “Does not understand what happened.  The ACL was torn, and now it is fully healed, without surgery!”        The teen has no pain and the knee is totally normal.  THANKS BE TO GOD.  OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD.  I have asked her to pray about writing about what happened from her perspective, not wanting it to be another homework assignment!   I will keep you posted.       

Keep praying people… “PUSH”  Pray Until Something Happens…We believe God, please help our unbelief…       I thank God for my friend and former adjutant of 42 Commando Royal Marines who has been made the dean of Coventry Cathedral in the UK and will be installed in the new year. Please pray for the healing service today at 10am…. (every Tuesday at the SLC). On the 19th Dec I go for my exam to become a citizen of the United States of America.  Please pray that I will pass the exam!  I have lived in the USA for 26 years and feel it is about time I became a citizen!  Thanks be to God.  I will keep you posted as to the date of the swearing in ceremony. No reply is needed… just keep praying…. Be well, and much love to you all…Fr. Nigel+The Rev. Nigel MumfordDirector, Oratory of Christ the Healer,Christ the King Spiritual Life Center,575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834 healing@ctkcenter.orghttp://www.ctkcenter.org(518) 692-9559 

Albany Intercessor


Torre’s past three days

November 28, 2007

Unto you I lift up my eyes, O you who dwell in the heavens. (Psalm 123:1)

LORD, we look to you:  you are our shield and protector. 

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until he has mercy on us. (Psalm 123:2)

Holy Spirit, please help us keep our attention fixed on Jesus.

Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. (Psalm 123:3)

Father, we are surrounded by those who hold your word in contempt; have mercy on us and on them.

Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those who are at ease, With the contempt of the proud. (Psalm 123:4)

Jesus, you humbled yourself to become a man so that we would know your father’s love; please help us humble ourselves so that we too may make his love and his ways know to others.  Thank you.

Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper that love you. Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces. And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say, ‘Peace be with you.’ Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek to do you good. (From Psalm 122:6-9) 

A word received:  I AM coming.  Yield your hopes to me; let me fill you with my hope, faith and love.  

***** Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 09:03:17

From: Seel, Mary

Subject: St. Andrew’s Vestal, NY update

Hi Torre and Jean  – Just an update on what’s happening at St. Andrew’s, Vestal. Tony and I moved out of the rectory last weekend and are now settling into our new home.  Everything went very smoothly with the move.  We are thankful to God for his great mercy in this.  We found out yesterday that another local church with whom we had been talking about sharing space voted to allow this arrangement.  It’s a small Baptist church close by where our old buildings are.  We will have our last services in the old place on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6PM — a celebration of St. Andrew’s day followed by a dinner in our community center before we turn out the lights and leave for good.  The Diocese of Central New York assumes contro on Dec. 1.  They were not able to muster enough folks to start even a mission in the old buildings, so we assume they will put all three buildings on the market, though we offered to buy any or all from them.  They refused. I’m struck by how we will get to more fully enter into the experience of Mary and Joseph this Advent as, through the kindness of strangers, we share a space not ours as we await the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Please pray for us in this time of transition.  It is still very hard for some of our folks.  Pray we would know Jesus in this and that we will follow where he leads.  Pray that we would recognize and overcome any spiritual warfare in this time as well.  Thank you! Mary Seel   

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (1 Peter 1:1)

Jesus, please help all of us who are pilgrims on the Way hear your word to us in this letter.

elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. (1 Peter 1:2)

Holy Trinity, one God, let your grace and peace be multiplied among us.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3)

Father, thank you for planting that living hope in our hearts; please let it grow and flourish.

[Saturday I went out with our son Jonathan to buy a new bed frame for our guest room bed as the leg on the old one had broken.  The salesman showed us two frames:  one for $39.95 and the other for $99.95.  I asked what the difference was between the two frames.  The salesman pointed out various ways the more expensive one was stronger and concluded by saying that it came with a lifetime guarantee.  I commented to Jonathan that at age 69 a lifetime guarantee is not nearly as impressive sounding as it used to be.] 

Lord Jesus, thank you that I can live in the hope of your next life time guarantee.

to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:4)

Father, thank you that your promises are better than gold.

who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:5)

Holy Spirit, please keep us by your power through faith for the final victory of Jesus over death.  Thank you.

A word received:  You are in my hands; my church is in my hands.  I will mold it and reshape it for it is bent out of shape.  I AM the potter and the church is to be of my design.

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:5)

Holy Spirit, author of patience and giver of comfort, please give us a quiet common mind toward one another in Christ Jesus throughout this diocese.

that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)

Jesus, please bring us to such a unity in you in this diocese that we glorify your father.

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)

Jesus, thank you for receiving us into your sheepfold; please help us receive one another with the same joy that you received us so that we bring glory to God.

God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ

(Galatians 6:14) 

Albany Intercessor

http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/


Rest

November 28, 2007

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4

We rest in Your presence, and we praise You. 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Psalm 23:5

We rest in Your provision, and we thank You.

Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.  Revelation 4:6

We rest in Your peace, and we magnify You.

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”  Psalm 110:1

We rest in the victory of Jesus, and we honor You.

The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies.  Psalm 110:2

We rest in the authority of Jesus, and we exalt You.


New

November 27, 2007

Lord, indeed Your mercies are new every morning.  Great is Your faithfulness.  You have placed a new heart and a new spirit within us.  You are giving us a new mind, the mind of Christ.  In You, we are becoming a new creation.  Open our ears that we may hear Your Spirit and overcome all that is not of You.  Open our ears for we desire to hear our new name, a name chosen by You, Abba Father.  You are our portion, and we have hope in You.  Amen.

Lamentations 3:22-23, Ezekiel 36:26, Hebrews 8:10, 1 Corinthians 2:16, 2 Corinthians 5:16-17, Revelation 2:17


Commerce

November 27, 2007

Northern Plains Anglican invited readers to write a prayer for commerce at the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.  This is one I did for my hometown.

Dear Lord,

We lift up the godly business people on Main Street and throughout Yazoo.  We pray that whatever work they do, they will do it all to the glory of God.  You have entrusted them with talents and with money.  Deliver them from the service of self alone.  May they serve the common good in their workplaces and throughout the community, working to establish Your kingdom in Yazoo.   May You be pleased by their faithfulness in what You have entrusted to them and prosper them greatly. Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:31b, Luke 19:11-27


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