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